New 340B bill Includes reporting requirements

Another bill has been filed to address the 340B drug discount program. The bill, HR 5598 filed by Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia, will require that hospitals eligible for the discount due to their Disproportionate Share Hospital status file reports on the utilization

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Proposed rule changes for hospitals

The Medical Care Commission proposes to adopt by reference the American Society of Healthcare Engineering’s Facility Guidelines Institute for hospital facilities as required by Session Law. See today’s NCHA Regulatory Report for more information including hearing, public comment and effective dates. The report also

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New cyberattack threat to healthcare sector

A group called Orangeworm has been observed installing malicious software called a custom backdoor Trojan within large international corporations that operate in the healthcare sector in the United States, Europe and Asia, cybersecurity software company Symantec announced last week. First identified in January

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Hospitals can apply for FY 2019 EHR hardship exception

Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals and critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use of electronic health records under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for 2017 can now apply for a hardship exception to avoid a payment adjustment in FY 2019. IPPS hospitals must

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New AHA resources explore challenges and opportunities in health care

The rise of consumerism and the new digital economy are forcing even greater changes in the way health care is delivered and how providers interact with patients. The American Hospital Association has created The Value Initiative to provide thought leadership on the issues of

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NCHA staff news

Nancy Schanz, Director of The Quality Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO), presented a poster, “Second Victim Support Programs and PSOs,” at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s annual meeting this month. The Quality Center PSO also received recognition by AHRQ for the Emergency Department

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SunRX: Industry innovator in managing 340B

SUNRx provides comprehensive 340B services for disproportionate share hospitals, sole community, critical access, and children’s hospitals. Their split-billing solution virtually separates 340B and non-340B transactions in mixed-use settings to help ensure patient eligibility compliance, allowing hospitals to manage only one physical inventory. For more information,

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NCHA Partners with Clarify Health Solutions to Reduce Pneumonia Mortality and Readmissions

Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in machine learning-enabled care optimization today announced the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) has deployed Clarify’s advanced analytics platform, Care Prism, to aid its statewide initiative to significantly reduce pneumonia (PNE) mortality and readmissions. In 2017, NCHA

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Call for nominations for the NCHA Board of Trustees

The NCHA Nominating Committee will meet May 17 to consider nominations to the NCHA Board of Trustees. Each year, five members of the NCHA Board of Trustees will end three-year terms on the board. The House of Delegates will meet at the NCHA Summer

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HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid crisis

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat the opioid crisis, the last of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act. North Carolina will receive $15,586,724. “These funds will help

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