FDA announces firmware update for certain Abbott cardiac devices

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced a firmware update to reduce the risk of rapid battery depletion and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott devices that provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms. The

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FDA alerts providers to recall of compounded drug products

Coastal Meds LLC, which compounds drugs as an outsourcing facility, has voluntarily recalled all of its products marketed as sterile due to visible particles in some of the drug vials for injection, the Food and Drug Administration announced recently. Healthcare providers should immediately quarantine and

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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 issues final rules for 2019 Health Insurance Marketplaces

The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued final rules for the health insurance marketplaces for plan year 2019, as well as the 2019 Letter for issuers selling on the federally-facilitated exchanges. The rule includes a number of policy changes for both the individual market

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Acute Care and Long Term/Behavioral Health Services Committees meet

The State Health Coordinating Council’s Acute Care Services Committee and Long Term/Behavioral Health Services Committee met in early April to review policies and methodologies, and consider petitions. For details, see the attached NCHA Regulatory Report.

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2018 North Carolina Health Equity Report

The NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the NC Department of Health and Human Services recently released its Health Equity Report for 2018, which shows progress and areas for continued improvement for a healthier North Carolina. “The report provides clear data

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New AHA resource on ICD-10-CM coding for social determinants of health

The American Hospital Association recently released a new resource that hospitals and health systems can use to educate caregivers and coding professionals about the important need to collect data on the social determinants of health. AHA successfully advocated changing the requirement for these codes to

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CMS reports on care disparities for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health looks at racial, ethnic and gender differences on 27 clinical quality and eight patient experience measures for beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage health and drug plans in 2015-2016. The data are

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Opioid overdose treatment grants

Qualified opioid treatment programs, practitioners and health centers can apply through June 4 for up to $200,000 a year for five years to expand access to Food and Drug Administration-approved opioid overdose treatments, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced recently. SAMHSA expects

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HHS issues update on SamSam Ransomware campaigns

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Cybersecurity Integration and Communications Center recently released an update on ongoing cyberattacks on health care and government organizations using a form of ransomware known as SamSam. According to the report, at least eight separate attacks using

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