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News - Health care sector adds jobs through fall but still faces elevated quit rates: Fitch Ratings

Health care sector adds jobs through fall but still faces elevated quit rates: Fitch Ratings

December 15, 2022

Though national data suggest staffing shortages across hospitals and other provider settings lessened through November, workers are still leaving their positions for greener pastures at rates well exceeding those in the previous decade.

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News - Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) training

Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) training

December 12, 2022

The EMTALA Micro Training intends to provide information on the public’s rights under EMTALA, which protects individuals’ rights to emergency care. The EMTALA Micro Training provides information on an individual’s rights to be screened for an emergency medical condition without delay, to be provided necessary stabilizing treatment, and to be transferred safely when necessary, in addition to other rights protected by EMTALA.

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News - CDC head: flu shots look like 'a very good match' for this year's strains

CDC head: flu shots look like 'a very good match' for this year's strains

December 12, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters on Monday that the updated flu shots generated this year seem to be “a very good match” for the most prevalent strains of influenza.

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News - Nebraska hospitals say it's getting harder to get insurers to pay them

Nebraska hospitals say it's getting harder to get insurers to pay them

December 12, 2022

The most recent data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners showed a slight uptick in denials last year, reaching 15% compared with 14.5% in 2020. However, that was still lower than in 2018 and 2019, when denial rates were 16.9% and 15.3%, respectively. But a study from consulting firm Kaufman Hall shows that denials likely have increased this year. The study reported that two-thirds of hospitals reported an increased rate of claims denials in 2022. Ivan Mitchell, CEO of Great Plains Health in North Platte, agreed, saying insurers' tactics are leading to "a bureaucratic mess in making it more difficult to get paid."

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News - Five million in grants available for nursing students

Five million in grants available for nursing students

November 23, 2022

Lincoln – Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been granted $5,000,000 to award $2,500 per semester scholarships to Nebraska Nursing Students.

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News - 4 key predictions for health care in 2023 and how to respond

4 key predictions for health care in 2023 and how to respond

November 21, 2022

Health care prediction season for 2023 is upon us and thought leaders, futurists and analysts are already reading the tea leaves. Based on some of the forecasts, provider organizations can expect significant evolutionary changes in how to optimize patient engagement, the ever-expanding role that retail clinics will play in care delivery and some upheaval in venture capital funding for health care startups.

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News - Nebraska hospitals facing increasing cost pressures

Nebraska hospitals facing increasing cost pressures

November 21, 2022

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Faith Regional Medical Center spent about $2.5 million to $3 million annually on contract labor for traveling nurses and other personnel working short-term stints. This year, that cost is likely to hit $11.5 million, said Janna Cline, chief financial officer for the Norfolk hospital. That's on top of a 9.5% increase in salaries for regular staff members since January 2021, Cline said, as well as a 5% increase in utilities costs and various other cost increases.

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News - Listening session on protecting the safety of patients and health care workers

Listening session on protecting the safety of patients and health care workers

November 7, 2022

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including leaders from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration, on November 14 as they recommit to the advancement of patient and healthcare worker safety.

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News - AHA - Addressing commercial health plan challenges to ensure fair coverage for patients and providers

AHA - Addressing commercial health plan challenges to ensure fair coverage for patients and providers

November 7, 2022

Hospitals and health systems are committed to ensuring timely patient access to medically necessary health care services. Comprehensive health care coverage is a critical tool to help individuals and patients access and finance their care. This is why hospitals and health systems have long advocated for a robust system for universal coverage rooted in our long-standing public-private model that relies on a strong commercial health insurance market alongside the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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News - HHS releases video on documenting recognized HIPAA security practices

HHS releases video on documenting recognized HIPAA security practices

November 7, 2022

OCR has designed this video presentation for HIPAA regulated entities on “recognized security practices,” as set forth in the HITECH Act. The video is intended to educate HIPAA regulated entities on the categories of recognized security practices and how entities may demonstrate implementation.

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