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News - Keys to keeping Nebraska's rural hospital's doors open

Keys to keeping Nebraska's rural hospital's doors open

June 22, 2022

Without federal intervention, a new report warns, rural hospitals across the United States, including many in Nebraska, could be forced to reduce services or even close their doors after pandemic relief funds expire.

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News - HHS awards $1M for health care innovation, boosting primary care access

HHS awards $1M for health care innovation, boosting primary care access

June 22, 2022

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Healthcare Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), announced the launch of a national competition offering a total of $1 million to spark healthcare innovation focused on boosting primary care access at HRSA-supported health centers.

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News - SUNRx 340B Webinar Series: 340B Regulatory Brief

SUNRx 340B Webinar Series: 340B Regulatory Brief

June 13, 2022

The regulatory environment for 340B pharmacy is in a constant state of change, requiring eligible entities to be nimble and disciplined in the management of their program. Navigating the current ecosystem of 340B pricing limitations created by Big Pharma requires an understanding of the current regulatory environment.

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News - AHA president featured on this month's NHA Health of Our Hospitals podcast

AHA president featured on this month's NHA Health of Our Hospitals podcast

June 13, 2022

The Health of Our Hospitals, a new podcast produced by the NHA, will give listeners an inside look at the trends we are seeing in hospitals and health care in Nebraska, the Midwest, and across the country. We will talk to hospital leaders and health care innovators shaping the future of the health care we will receive.

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News - New PET CT scanner installed at Mary Lanning Healthcare

New PET CT scanner installed at Mary Lanning Healthcare

June 13, 2022

HASTINGS (KSNB) - Mary Lanning Healthcare recently installed a new, state-of-the-art PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanner.

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News - NHA & NMA issue joint statement on recent string of mass shootings

NHA & NMA issue joint statement on recent string of mass shootings

June 6, 2022

The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) and Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) have issued a joint statement regarding the recent string of mass shootings across the United States.

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News - Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (HIQR) program

Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (HIQR) program

June 6, 2022

Hospital-Specific Reports A Hospital-Specific Report (HSR) is generated for each hospital that participates in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (HIQR) program or the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (HOQR) program. Hospitals may receive an Overall Star Rating based on whether the data meets the minimum reporting threshold (three measure groups, with at least three measures, one of which must be Mortality, or Safety of Care). Overall Star Rating HSRs are made available after the beginning of the preview period. HSRs provide more detailed information about the data used in the calculation of a hospital’s Overall Star Rating.

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News - Serenity Suite for victims of violence opens at CHI Health St. Francis

Serenity Suite for victims of violence opens at CHI Health St. Francis

April 29, 2022

Grand Island – On April 29, a new suite dedicated to the medical treatment and forensic examination of violence survivors will open at CHI Health St. Francis. The Serenity Suite, a $300,000 project funded by the St. Francis Foundation, provides a safe and private space to care for sexual assault, human trafficking and intimate partner violence patients so recovery can begin. Located near the hospital’s Emergency Room, the self-contained space was designed to reduce further trauma and promote patient dignity.

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News - Donations to assist Ukraine and its refugees

Donations to assist Ukraine and its refugees

April 29, 2022

The U.S. Ukraine Foundation is a 30-year-old organization that supports the people of Ukraine in their quest for freedom, democracy, a free-market economy, and human rights. The U.S. Ukraine Foundation has established a fund to provide financial support for humanitarian efforts, including covering the costs of sending medical supplies to Ukraine. The fund also supports refugees through the Kyiv Rotary Refugee Initiative.

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News - Federal report finds Medicare Advantage Plans deny medically necessary care

Federal report finds Medicare Advantage Plans deny medically necessary care

April 29, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) yesterday published a new report finding that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have exhibited a pattern of denying prior authorization and payment requests that met Medicare coverage and billing rules. The report describes the avoidable delays, extra steps, and administrative burden caused by these practices and affirms the findings of CMS’ annual audits of MA plans, which have previously highlighted “widespread and persistent problems related to inappropriate denials of services and payment.”

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