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Mobile Communications Rapid-Response Teams

Following Hurricane Matthew, one of the identified needs in the aftermath was help with restoring mobile communications. All of the major mobile carriers have rapid-response teams and plans in place to deploy emergency equipment including portable generators, fuel trucks, Cell On Wheels (COWs), Cells on

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Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day is a coordinated effort to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Asks MedPAC to Examine Consolidation

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders Aug. 30 sent a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission asking it to conduct additional research on hospital consolidation and the financial impact it has on Medicare patients and the program. Among other areas, the committee asks MedPAC

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Ways and Means Chair Urge CMS to Further Reduce Medicare Burdens

House Ways and Means Committee Chairs sent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma recommendations to further alleviate Medicare administrative and regulatory burdens for hospitals, post-acute care providers and physicians. Among other actions, the committee leaders urge CMS to establish principles for streamlining

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Hospital Groups Refile Lawsuit to Reverse 340B Payment Cuts

The American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, America’s Essential Hospitals, and three hospital plaintiffs (includes Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville) refiled a lawsuit in federal district court seeking expedited relief from Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Report: ACOs Saved $314M in 2017

Accountable care organizations saved Medicare about $314 million in 2017, according to CMS data set released Aug. 30. The data showed that overall the program’s 472 ACOs caring for 9 million beneficiaries accounted for $1.1 billion in gross savings. The data also showed 60 percent

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CDC: 2.2 Million Adult Hospital Stays for Heart-related Events in 2016

Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular events were responsible for more than 2.2 million hospital stays and 415,000 deaths involving adults in 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without a more concerted effort to

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AHA and CDC Co-publish Guide to Prevent and Control Infections

The AHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a new guide with team-based best practices, case studies and resources on preventing infections in the health care environment. The book, which can be used by facility managers, environmental services departments and others, covers

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AHHC of NC Now Has Access to NCHA Strategic Partners

The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC of NC) has entered into a new partnership agreement with NCHA. This new relationship will offer AHHC of NC’s member providers access to an array services and purchasing power available through NCHA Strategic Partners. Learn

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Joint Letter to CMS Addresses Medicare Bad Debt Policy Changes

In recent months, many hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia have experienced increased focus and scrutiny of their Medicare bad debts by Palmetto GBA (Jurisdiction M Medicare Administrator Contractor) and its subcontractors. These reviews are applying new documentation requirements

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