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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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News - Donations to assist Ukraine and its refugees

Donations to assist Ukraine and its refugees

April 11, 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 - Callahan Cancer Center earns national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Callahan Cancer Center earns national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

April 11, 2022

North Platte - The Callahan Cancer Center at Great Plains Health has once again earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. The Callahan Cancer Center has maintained this accreditation since 1995.

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News - Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned from Ransomware Attack with UVM Health

Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned from Ransomware Attack with UVM Health

April 11, 2022

In this special Cybersecurity podcast we have the opportunity to talk to leaders of an AHA member hospital who was a victim of a major ransomware attack in the Fall of 2020. Dr.

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News - AHA launches health equity roadmap

AHA launches health equity roadmap

April 4, 2022

The American Hospital Association Board of Trustees voted earlier this year to update its vision and mission statements to reflect the importance of equity more directly in advancing the health of people and communities.

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News - Becerra: HHS wants to get 'money's worth' on Medicare Advantage, will look into coding practices

Becerra: HHS wants to get 'money's worth' on Medicare Advantage, will look into coding practices

April 4, 2022

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said the agency is looking into the drivers of overpayments to some Medicare Advantage plans but didn't detail what reforms could be in the offing.

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