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NC Division of Health provides clinician guidance on recent Ebola outbreak

The NC Division of Public Health has released the attached clinician guidance for healthcare providers regarding the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the risk of spread to other countries in the region

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S&P report: 340B cuts could harm U.S. safety net

Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings recently said it believes that recent payment cuts to not-for-profit hospitals under the 340B drug savings program “will likely weaken their operating performance at a time of already tightening margins.” The report notes that the cuts “could lead to negative

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AHA Issue Brief: Meeting complex needs of older adults across care settings

A new American Hospital Association issue brief offers a prototype practice model to help hospitals and health systems meet the complex needs of older adults across care settings. The model focuses health systems on knowing and acting on each older adult’s specific health outcome goals

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FBI, DOJ share info on fraudulent prescriptions affecting physicians, patients

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice are sharing information with healthcare organizations on approximately 60 fraudulent prescription requests affecting physicians and patients across the U.S. Since March 2017, several partially-identified pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies have requested medical prescriptions and/or supplies

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SAMHSA announces $196M for opioid treatment grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA ) is accepting applications for $196 million to treat opioid use disorders through one of its grant programs. The new funding will expand access to medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to people with opioid

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Inpatient volume and LOS: Your trends may not look like everyone else’s

Conventional wisdom has it that inpatient volume and length of stay (LOS) will keep trending downward as more procedures are performed in outpatient settings. But given our aging population and geographic variations, that assumption may not hold true across the board. Truven Health Analytics,

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“No One’s Ever Worked Through Something Like That”

“No One’s Ever Worked Through Something Like That” — How System Executives Supported Their Local EDs Through Harvey, Irma, and the Las Vegas Shooting Brought to you by HealthStream, dedicated to improving patient outcomes through the development of healthcare organizations’ greatest asset: their people.

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Budget negotiations continue in Raleigh

The General Assembly continues to work on modifications to the current biennial budget. The plan was to unveil the details of the budget to the Majority Caucus last Thursday and make the document public over the Memorial Day weekend. The Joint Appropriations Committee will

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SHCC’s Acute Care Services Committee meets to discuss need determinations

The State Health Coordinating Council’s Acute Care Services Committee met recently to review bed need and operating room determinations. More details are in today’s NCHA Regulatory Report. The report also includes brief notes from a May 11 Licensing of Hospitals/Stakeholder Meeting with officials

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How NC health systems and care providers are uniting to fight the opioid crisis

As North Carolina communities continue to face the growing challenges presented by the opioid epidemic, North Carolina health systems are striving to adopt an ecosystem approach to reduce opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose deaths. The Coalition for Model Opioids Practices in Health Systems,

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