Celebrate Community Health Improvement Week June 2-8

June 2-8 is Community Health Improvement Week, which recognizes the important role hospitals, health systems and communities play in advancing health and well-being. Community Health Improvement Week raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals and organizations that are working together to improve

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Microsoft Alerts Public to Cyber Vulnerability in Older Versions of Windows

Microsoft recently released security updates to fix a critical vulnerability in older versions of its Windows operating system, which, the company said, any future malware could exploit remotely as a worm to spread from computer to computer, similar to how the WannaCry malware

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Participate in IFDHE’s Internship Program and Advance the Diversity Pipeline

Hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations can sign up to host an intern for this year’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s (IFDHE) Summer Enrichment Program. The SEP begins in June and runs through August. The SEP is a 10-week, paid, full-time internship

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Joint Commission Issues Advisory on Disinfecting Ophthalmology Devices

The Joint Commission has recommended that healthcare organizations review cleaning and disinfection instructions for tonometers and other ophthalmology devices to ensure that they are reprocessed appropriately. To prevent serious infections, instruments that touch intact surfaces of the eye must be high-level disinfected and those that

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Compounders Prohibited from Making, Distributing Certain Drugs

A federal court in Texas has ordered Pharm D Solutions to stop producing or distributing compounded drugs intended to be sterile until the company complies with federal law and other requirements, the Food and Drug Administration announced. In addition, a federal court in Illinois

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NCHA Mentorship Program: Mentor Application Deadline Extended to May 31

NCHA is committed to helping cultivate underrepresented women and men into healthcare leadership roles. We are launching a year-long mentorship program in 2019 to connect leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities. See the flyer for

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New Foundation Behavioral Health Tools

Opioid Patient Education Video The NCHA Opioid Patient Education Video was created by the University of California Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest. It was funded by the NC Department of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and is available for public

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Registration Now Open for NCHA’s Summer Meeting July 17-19 in Pinehurst

Register now for NCHA’s 2019 Summer Membership Meeting July 17-19 at the Pinehurst Resort. This year’s theme is “Healthcare Reimagined: Our Communities, Our Future.” The annual NCHA Summer Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to network with your peers and gain valuable insights on our

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NC MedAssist: Dispensing Hope for the Uninsured

NC MedAssist is a non-profit free pharmacy that provides access to lifesaving prescription medications, patient support, advocacy, and related services to vulnerable and uninsured North Carolina residents. North Carolinians like Rodney C., who couldn’t afford $700 a month for his heart medication. He

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Proposed FY 2020 IPPS May Have an Incorrect Area Wage Index Value

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed FY 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule may have an incorrect value regarding the area wage index (AWI). This involves the proposed reduction calculation for wage areas at and above the 75th percentile. CMS

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