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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Iredell Nurse Steps Up to Help Patient in Need

Sept. 5, 2018 “I believe everything fell into place at the right time, in the right place, and with the right people.” Statesville, NC – Going above and beyond is part of who Keisha Brown is as a person. A mother, wife and

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CMS Releases Performance Report for Next Generation ACO Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Aug. 27 released an evaluation report for the first performance year of the agency’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. For the 2016 performance year, the Next Generation ACO Model generated net savings to Medicare of

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Deadlines Approaching for Low-Volume Hospital Payment Adjustment, Hospital Reclassifications

Hospitals wishing to qualify for the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals in fiscal year 2019 must make a written request for low-volume status to their Medicare Administrative Contractor no later than Sept. 1, per the instructions outlined in the CMS’ inpatient prospective payment

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Can I Get Paid for Telehealth?

The Health Resources and Services Administration provides a Medicare Telehealth Payment Eligibility Analyzer tool through its Data Warehouse, allowing providers to check if an address is eligible for Medicare payment for telehealth services. Further information about the types of services, eligible providers and

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Hospitals Can Preview Reports Related to Pneumonia Readmission Measure

CMS has released confidential hospital-specific reports for hospitals to review their performance using two disparity methods that assess hospital performance for patients with social risk factors in the pneumonia readmission measure. The reports contain results using data from the fiscal year 2019 measurement

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NC Rural Center Invites Healthcare Leaders to Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

The NC Rural Center invites healthcare leaders to attend at least one of seven Zero Barriers Regional Policy Roundtables this fall. These day-long sessions will feature in-depth discussions about each of the Center’s three top policy issues:  broadband, health, and small-business development. Registration is free but required.

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