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GAO Reports on Approaches, Challenges to EHR Patient Record Matching

The Government Accountability Office has released a congressionally-mandated report examining approaches and challenges to matching patients to their electronic health records, and efforts to improve patient record matching. Stakeholders interviewed for the report said more could be done to improve patient record matching, such as

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Report Shows Rising Drug Prices and Drug Shortages are Disrupting Hospitals

Continued rising drug prices, as well as shortages for many critical medications, are disrupting patient care and forcing hospitals to delay infrastructure and staffing investments and identify alternative therapies, according to a new report prepared by NORC at the University of Chicago for the American

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CDC: Rural Patients More Likely to Receive Opioid Prescription

Patients in the most rural counties had an 87 percent greater chance of receiving an opioid prescription from their primary care provider between January 2014 and March 2017 than patients in large metropolitan areas, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control

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FDA Takes Steps to Spur OTC Versions of Naloxone

To encourage drug companies to seek approval for over-the-counter versions of naloxone, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, the Food and Drug Administration has released model consumer-friendly labels for prospective OTC versions of the drug. FDA-approved versions of naloxone currently require a prescription,

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Study Estimates 23 Percent of Outpatient Antibiotic Prescriptions Inappropriate

An estimated 23 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions filled by privately insured children and non-elderly adults in the United States in 2016 were inappropriate, according to a study published recently in BMJ. “We classified 23.2 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescription fills as inappropriate because they

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New Medicare Cards Distributed; 58 Percent of Claims Include New Identifier

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finished mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries, which replace the Social Security-based number on their previous cards with a new Medicare beneficiary identifier, the agency recently announced. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 required the

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Report: Fully Adopting Transactions Standards Could Save $9.8 Billion a Year

The US healthcare system continues to make progress automating business transactions, but could save an additional $9.8 billion annually if providers and health plans fully adopted certain electronic transactions, according to the latest annual CAQH Index. Based on voluntary surveys of medical and dental

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Around the State

The State Attorney General Josh Stein recently announced he will allow HCA Healthcare’s purchase of Mission Health to go through without a legal challenge. Mission Health said it expects the deal will close Jan. 31 and its facilities will be part of HCA on Feb. 1.

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NCHA Comments on CMS Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Proposed Rule

NCHA submitted a comment letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Managed Care proposed rule. NCHA is pleased with CMS’s recognition of the critical nature of the use of pass-through payments as a mechanism

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North Carolina General Assembly Returns for 2019 Long Session

The North Carolina House and Senate held their organizational sessions this past week for the purpose of electing officers and adopting rules for each chamber. Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger were both re-elected to their respective positions. Several

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