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Pentax recalls duodenoscope model

Pentax Medical recently recalled its ED-3490TK duodenoscope model to replace certain parts and update the operations manual. The design changes were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which recommends that customers acknowledge receipt of the Pentax recall notice, return the response form and dispose of older

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Weekly North Carolina flu season update

Attached is the latest flu surveillance summary, which includes emergency department data reported through the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT). Flu deaths in North Carolina have reached 140, with 34 of those from the most recent week,

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Congress considering a delay of DSH cuts in budget discussions

Congress is considering avenues to delay the Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts and reauthorize extenders within the current budget discussion that is due to be finalized by Feb. 8, the date of the current budget resolution’s expiration. Unlike the six-year CHIP reauthorization, it is

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Vision for future of behavioral health released

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services submitted its Behavioral Health Strategic Plan to the NC General Assembly, providing an informed vision for the future of North Carolina’s behavioral health system. It offers solutions to challenges facing North Carolina’s behavioral health system and

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Annual report released on Medicaid and NC Health Choice

North Carolina Medicaid, which ensures nearly 2 million residents receive health care, finished the 2017 state fiscal year with more than $86 million in cash-on-hand. The savings are among accomplishments outlined in an annual report on the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs.

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Proposed rules for utilization of opioids/pain management in workers’ comp

Comments are sought on proposed rules for the utilization of opioids, related prescriptions and pain management treatment in workers compensation claims. In Session law 2017-203, Section 4.(a), the General Assembly instructed the Industrial Commission to adopt rules and guidelines, consistent with NC General

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NC Institute for Medicine issue brief: Impact of the Individual Mandate Penalty Repeal

In December 2017, the United States Congress passed a tax bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty. The NC Institute for Medicine has written an Issue Brief, “Impact of the Individual Mandate Penalty Repeal,” that examines the potential impact of this repeal

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Weekly North Carolina flu season update

Influenza activity has been widespread in North Carolina since late December. So far, the predominant virus circulating in North Carolina and nationally has been influenza A (H3N2) virus. H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness and mortality than H1N1- or B-predominant

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Creating and sustaining a healthy food environment in hospitals

Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and NCHA’s Healthy Hospital Initiative are featured in the current issue of Nutrition Today. The article, “Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Food Environment in Hospitals Contracting With a Food Service Management Company,” was written by Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD,

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The Health Care Workforce of Today and Tomorrow: A Dialogue Among Hospitals, Health Systems, and North Carolina AHEC

The annual NCHA-NC AHEC forum will start at the conclusion of NCHA’s Winter Meeting on Feb. 16 from 12:15 – 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Ballroom, Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. This year’s topic is “The Health Care Workforce of Today and Tomorrow: A Dialogue Among Hospitals,

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