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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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CMS Proposes Skilled Nursing Facility FY 2020 PPS Update

CMS has issued a proposed rule to update the Medicare payment rates and the quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for FY 2020. CMS will begin using a new case-mix model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which focuses on the patient’s condition and resulting

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CMS Releases Proposed FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index, Payment Rate and Quality Reporting Requirements

CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update hospice payment rates, wage index values, and quality reporting items for fiscal year 2020. The rule also proposes to rebase the continuous home care (CHC), general inpatient care (GIP), and the inpatient respite care (IRC)

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Advisory Panel for the North Carolina Healthy Opportunities Pilot Service Fee Schedule

The Commonwealth Fund and Manatt Health are convening an expert advisory panel to offer feedback on a groundbreaking effort of the NC of Health and Human Services. Under its recently approved Medicaid 1115 waiver, NC DHHS will launch “Healthy Opportunities Pilots” in two to

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