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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Hospitals encouraged to complete survey on drug spending, shortages

The American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists are surveying hospitals and health systems through May 11 to learn more about the impact of prescription drug spending and shortages on their hospitals and health systems. AHA emailed

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CDC issues Spanish version of antibiotic stewardship materials

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released Spanish versions of its most popular materials to educate health care providers and consumers about appropriate use of antibiotics and prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Print materials also can be ordered at In coming weeks, CDC plans

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FDA: Don’t use certain multi-patient endoscope connectors

Healthcare providers should not use endoscope connectors labeled for use without reprocessing between patients because they carry a risk of cross-contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week. “To date, the FDA has not received acceptable testing to demonstrate the safe use of these

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