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Eligible Hospitals Can Apply to Participate in National Health Service Corps

Critical Access Hospitals, certain clinics and other eligible outpatient facilities that provide primary care or substance use disorder treatment to high-need urban or rural areas can apply through May 30 to become a National Health Service Corps site. NHSC-approved sites can use NHSC

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HHS, CDC Leaders Urge Measles Vaccination for Children, High-risk Adults

With 704 measles cases reported since January, the US Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are urging vaccination for all eligible children and high-risk adults, including travelers and healthcare workers. Measles was eliminated in the

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CMS: Total Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Down 3.7 Percent Since 2017 Peak

Nearly 72.4 million people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program in January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported last week. That’s 3.7 percent fewer than the peak in March 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, adding that the agency is

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Report Highlights Health System Interventions to Prevent Firearm Injury

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released its proceedings from a workshop sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and the American Hospital Association last October on health system interventions to prevent firearm injury and death. According to an associated commentary published by the National Academy of Medicine and

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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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Around the State

Washington County Hospital in Plymouth has reopened under new management. Former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Waldrep Jr. has a role as supervisor and has been involved since Feb. 22. The lawyer and former judge is responsible for maximizing the value of the hospital, hiring employees and

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New NCHA Online Learning Tool To Help Members Understand Changes to the Involuntary Commitment Process

A continued priority for NCHA is improving the treatment for people living with behavioral health conditions to ensure patients receive the right treatment at the right place and right time. Senate Bill 630, Revise Involuntary Commitment (IVC) Laws to Improve Behavioral Health, became law

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Proposed FY 2020 Medicare IPPS and LTCH Update Released

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released an extensive and very lengthy 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 (FY) 2020.  Among many items, the

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Medicare Trustees Project Trust Fund Solvent Until 2026

The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to pay full benefits until 2026, according to the latest annual report from the Medicare Board of Trustees. That’s unchanged from last year’s report, which projected that the Medicare trust fund would become insolvent three years

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CMS Releases Proposed Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities PPS Update for FY 2020

CMS has issued a proposed rule to update the Medicare Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities (IPFs) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year 2020. CMS says the overall economic impact of the proposed rule is an estimated $75 million in increased payments to IPFs during FY

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