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Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment 6 Final Report

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final report for the federal Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period 6, which ran from Nov. 1, 2018 to Dec. 15, 2018. To read a summary of the report, click here. To view

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GAO: Private Coverage Remains Concentrated Among Largest Insurers

Enrollment in private health insurance plans remained concentrated among a small number of issuers in 2015 and 2016, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office. The three largest issuers continued to hold 80 percent or more of the large group,

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HRSA Announces Funding to Test Network Approach to Rural Maternal Care

The Health Resources and Services Administration expects to award up to $9 million over four years to develop a sustainable network approach to coordinate maternal and obstetrics care in rural regions. The pilot program also aims to increase access to preconception, pregnancy, labor and delivery,

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CDC: Healthcare-Associated Infections Declined in 2017

Acute-care hospitals reduced Clostridium difficile infections by 13 percent and central line-associated bloodstream infections by 9 percent in 2017, according to the latest progress report on reducing health care-associated infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitals also reduced methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections by 8 percent, catheter-associated

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CDC Urges Providers to Vaccinate At-Risk Patients for Hepatitis A

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported more than 15,000 U.S. cases of hepatitis A since 2016, including 8,500 hospitalizations and 140 deaths. “For many states, this has resulted in an unprecedented number of hepatitis A cases among unvaccinated adults since hepatitis A

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Around the State

Atrium Health recently announced that Vicki Block has been hired as senior vice president of the Central Division starting April 1. Block will lead facility operations for three hospitals — Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, the largest hospital in the region, as well

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MCAG Offers Class Action Settlement Recovery Services

NCHA Strategic Partners is pleased to announce that MCAG has joined our portfolio of value-added services. MCAG is an expert in recovering money due from class action settlement funds. Settlement opportunities account for billions of dollars in available funds annually. Regrettably, businesses large and small are often

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New NCHA Resource Available to Compare Your Hospital Star Ratings with Others

In late February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its updated Overall Hospital Star Ratings. North Carolina improved from 30th to 27th nationally. How did your individual hospital perform? How can you compare your hospital to the national performance of other hospitals in the seven component categories? Statewide and

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CDC: One-Third of Uninsured Skimped on Prescriptions Because of Cost

About 34 percent of uninsured US adults did not take their medication as prescribed in 2017 in order to reduce their prescription drug costs, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. According to the report, among US adults aged 18-64

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GAO: Most Air Ambulance Providers Out-of-Network for Privately Insured

More than two-thirds of air ambulance transports for patients with private insurance were out-of-network in 2017, putting patients at financial risk for the difference charged, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO analyzed a private health insurance data set for

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