Updates from recent SHCC Committee and Medical Care Commission meetings

Attached to today’s CEO email is NCHA’s Regulatory Report, summarizing two recent State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) committee meetings and two Medical Care Commission meetings.

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CMS releases rural health strategy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the agency’s strategy to promote high-quality health care for all rural Americans, address the unique economics of providing rural health care, and bring a rural focus to CMS healthcare delivery and payment reforms. Developed by the

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Study: More Medicare drug plan enrollees hitting out-of-pocket limit

The number of Medicare Part D beneficiaries who reach the catastrophic coverage phase of the prescription drug benefit rose by more than 50% between 2013 and 2016, according to an analysis recently released by Avalere. The study looked at the 72% of Part D beneficiaries

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CDC: More seniors dying from falls

Nearly 30,000 Americans aged 65 or older died from a fall in 2016, up from 18,334 in 2007, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate from falls rose 31% for seniors over the period, with the

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MMA Rx Solutions: A unique approach to pharmacy management

Prescription drug spend in the U.S. continues to rise at an all-time rate, and with pharmacy benefit costs representing nearly 20-25% of overall total healthcare costs, employers need new ways to manage their pharmacy program. To meet this need, Marsh & McLennan Agency

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News Release: NCHA Partners with DHHS on Innovation to Address the Opioid Crisis

$1.37 million grant will support pilots at six hospitals across the state Winston-Salem, NC – May 9, 2018 – Today the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced grant awards to six North Carolina hospitals

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2018 Legislative Short Session Preview Webinar May 15

NCHA will have a webinar May 15 from 12-1 p.m. to prepare members for the 2018 Legislative Short Session that starts May 16 in Raleigh. Join us for a preview of what to expect this session, what our priority issues are and how you

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HHS proposes year-long delay for 340B rule

US Health and Human Services is proposing to delay a rule that would set new drug ceiling prices in the 340B drug discount program. It would be the fifth time the rule has been postponed. It was supposed to start July 1. Comments are

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Letter sent to US Rep. Jones requesting assistance with TRICARE issues

In early December 2017, NCHA began receiving numerous inquiries from our members regarding the transition to the new TRICARE East Regional Contractor, Humana Military. NCHA reached out to Humana Military in mid- December 2017 and early 2018 for assistance with multiple issues experienced

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Proposed FY 2019 Medicare IPPS and LTCH update issued

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule to update both the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2019. CMS projects that total Medicare spending on

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