Hospital occupancy rates high statewide

Many NCHA member hospitals are reporting higher than usual occupancy rates this month. While high patient volumes are not uncommon at this time of year, a busy flu season and other respiratory illnesses appear to be contributing to increased admissions and visitation restrictions.

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Study: Fewer Hospital Closures in States Expanding Medicaid

Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act were about six times less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states, according to a study reported recently in Health Affairs. Medicaid expansion was associated with improved hospital financial performance and

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President Issues Executive Order to Promote Access to Rural Broadband

President Trump recently issued an executive order directing federal agencies to “use all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America,” including health care facilities. Among other actions, the order calls for agencies

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CDC Reports 50% Drop in CLABSIs Since 2008

Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 50% between 2008 and 2016, according to a new progress summary by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report also shows progress by hospitals in reducing other healthcare-associated infections, including catheter-associated urinary tract, surgical

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Study: Physician practices contribute $2.3 trillion to economy

U.S. physician practices, including hospital-based practices, supported 12.6 million jobs and generated $2.3 trillion in economic activity in 2015, according to a report released  by the American Medical Association. For more information, visit

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CMS announces advanced APM Bundled Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will accept applications through March 12 for a new voluntary bundled payment model that will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under Medicare’s Quality Payment Program for clinicians. The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced

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Hospital groups notify Court of Appeal of 340B case

The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and America’s Essential Hospitals have formally notified the court of their intent to appeal the district court’s Dec. 29 decision dismissing the groups’ lawsuit that sought to prevent Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B

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House Energy and Commerce Committee release report on 340B Drug Program

The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently published a report based on several years of investigation into the 340B drug pricing program that can be found here. The report, which comes after a two-year committee investigation, says that lawmakers have identified multiple weaknesses

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CBO reports a 10-year reauthorization of CHIP would reduce deficit by $6 billion

Congress has until Friday, Jan. 19 to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Congressional Budget Office recently reported that a 10-year reauthorization will actually reduce the federal deficit by $6 billion. This new report adds a new option to the discussion, which originally proposed

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Joint Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services to meet Tuesday

The General Assembly returned to Raleigh last week for a special session to address gubernatorial nominations and begin the process to redraw judicial districts. After a day-long session on Wednesday, legislators left town and will possibly return later this month. The Joint Legislative

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