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NCHA Partners on Video To Educate Patients on Opioids

The Prevention and Safe Pain Management workgroup, part of the Coalition for Model Opioids Practices in Health Systems, identified a need to educate patients about their opioid prescription and spent the past year researching, planning, and executing the video process. The NCHA Opioid Patient Education

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CMS Issues Final Rule Requiring Pharmaceutical TV Ads to Include Pricing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule to require direct-to-consumer (DTC) television advertisements for prescription drugs and biological products for which reimbursement is available, directly or indirectly, through or under Medicare or Medicaid to include the list

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NCHA Celebrating Hospital Week By Recognizing the Healthcare Heroes Among Us

In celebration of National Hospital Week (May 12-18), NCHA is recognizing the Healthcare Heroes among us with a contest for member hospitals and health systems to Show Us What You’ve G.O.T.  Members are asked to share photos of their “super” heroes and signs or

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AHA Responds to RAND Study on Prices Paid to Hospitals by Private Plans

The American Hospital Association responded to a recent RAND Corporation study that found that certain prices paid to hospitals by private health plans are high relative to Medicare and vary widely. The study examined hospital prices for a limited number of employers and health plans

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CDC Releases Measles Outbreak Toolkit for Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a toolkit to help healthcare providers talk with parents about measles and the measles vaccine, which includes a factsheet, poster and other resources. With more than 760 measles cases reported since January, the most since measles

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CDC’s New Clinical Tools Help Prevent Older Adult Falls

The CDC released two new complimentary clinical tools to help healthcare providers reduce older adult falls. The Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls offers primary care providers, practices, and healthcare systems a framework for implementing a Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries, or

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CDC Survey: No Significant Change in Uninsured Rate in 2018

An estimated 9.4 percent of U.S. residents, or 30.4 million people, lacked health insurance when surveyed in 2018, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s not significantly different from the survey’s uninsured rate in 2017, but 18.2

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CDC Issues Report on Maternal Mortality, Prevention Strategies

An estimated 31 percent of pregnancy-related deaths occur during pregnancy, 36 percent during delivery or the week after, and 33 percent one week to one year after delivery, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on 2011-2015 data

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Study: Prehospital Treatment Guidelines Double Severe Head Injury Survival

Training emergency medical services agencies to implement prehospital guidelines for traumatic brain injury doubled the survival rate for patients with severe head trauma, according to a study reported recently in JAMA Surgery. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study trained EMS agencies across Arizona to

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Study: Fewer Fatal Overdoses When Pharmacists Can Dispense Naloxone

Laws that allow pharmacists to dispense the opioid antidote naloxone without a physician’s prescription are associated with a sharp reduction in fatal opioid-related overdoses, according to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. States, like North Carolina, that adopted such laws saw fatal opioid overdoses

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