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North Carolina ACA Enrollment Training Oct. 22

Please mark your calendars for “Educate, Empower, Enroll: Conference for NC In-Person Assisters 2018″ at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown on Oct. 22. The conference, organized by outreach and enrollment organizations across the state, will convene in-person assisters from Navigator Organizations, Community Health Centers,

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Technical Assistance for Rural Hospitals

Nine rural hospitals will be selected to receive on-site technical assistance for the transition to transition to value-based care and Alternative Payment Models. Applicants may select either a financial operational assessment or quality improvement project. A preview of the 2018 application is now

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Network Development Planning Grants Cycle Open

Public or private nonprofit organizations forming a consortium of three or more health providers in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The purpose of the Network Planning program (a one-year

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Study: Antibiotics Are Leading Cause of ED Visits for Adverse Drug Events in Kids

In children, antibiotics are the leading cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published recently in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. The study estimates that 70,000 children 19 years or

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NCHA Submits Comment Letter Responding to CMS’s RFI on Changes to Stark Law

On June 25, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the physician self-referral law, more commonly known as the Stark law. CMS published the RFI to further its efforts to remove unnecessary obstacles to

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NASEM To Develop New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration has awarded a contract to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop evidence-based guidelines for appropriate opioid analgesic prescribing for acute pain resulting from specific conditions or procedures. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the “primary scope

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Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Seeks Host Sites for Internship Program

Hospitals, health systems and health care organizations can register now to participate as a host site for the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s Fall Enrichment Program. The FEP is a 20-week, paid internship opportunity for diverse individuals who have graduated within the

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FDA Issues Safety Alert on Temporary Artificial Heart

The Food and Drug Administration Aug. 17 issued a safety alert after reviewing the final results from a post-approval study conducted by SynCardia Systems for their Temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) Companion 2 Driver System. SynCardia’s TAH-t functions as a bridge to a heart transplant

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NCHA Expands Relationship with Marsh & McLennan Agency

Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) is now NCHA’s official business insurance partner. In addition to their existing employee health and benefits services, MMA will now support NCHA member healthcare providers in implementing data-driven solutions that will improve efficiency and cost effectiveness, and provide

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CMS Issues Proposed ACO Rule; Would Extensively Restructure the Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and launched in 2012 under which the vast majority of Medicare’s

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