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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Ways and Means Committee Reports on Efforts to Reduce Medicare Burdens

The US House Ways and Means Committee recently released a report reviewing the committee’s year-long initiative to reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers and potential next steps. According to the report, the committee is sending letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

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Senate Hearing Highlights FCC Efforts to Expand Broadband, Telehealth

There was a US Senate hearing recently on Federal Communications Commission policies and oversight. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai highlighted the agency’s recent actions to expand access to broadband and telehealth. These include increasing the annual funding cap for the Rural Health Care Program and proposing a

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Apply Now for Upcoming Regional Leadership Training

The Homegrown Leaders training program, presented by the NC Rural Center,  is a three-day regional leadership and economic development training that develops and supports highly-skilled, highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in the state. Homegrown Leaders is

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Connect with North Carolina’s Apprenticeship Program

ApprenticeshipNC, managed by NC Community Colleges, helps workers learn specialized skills needed in today’s economy. ApprenticeshipNC is an employer-driven model that combines on-the job learning with related classroom instruction. Apprenticeships in healthcare are rapidly expanding. For instance, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem

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Ebola Update from NC Public Health

In light of recent outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the NC Division of Public Health is providing updated information to North Carolina clinicians and laboratories regarding identification and management of Ebola cases. Please see the attachedprovider guidance for

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CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Benefit Enhancement

Beginning in January, Medicare will pay for certain care management home visits under the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. Next Generation participants and preferred providers who have initiated a care treatment plan for aligned beneficiaries will be eligible to receive up to two

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Study: Value-Based EHR Alerts Can Lower Costs, Complications

Embedding certain decision support alerts into hospital electronic health records can lower costs, readmissions and complications for patients, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers examined physician adherence to 18 real-time alerts embedded in a clinical decision support

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