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2016 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET NEW DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016

The District of Columbia Hospital Association’s 2016 Annual Awards Banquet has been moved to Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The Annual Awards Banquet is a celebration of the District’s hospitals and their employees. Over 400 members of … more

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DCHA Partners with NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions to Offer Coding Webinars

The District of Columbia Hospital Association is once again partnering with New Jersey Hospital Association Healthcare Business Solutions to offer coding webinars to assist coders with complex issues. The series, entitled “Use the Force – To Defeat Coding Challenges,” will … more

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Department of Justice Sues to Block Insurance Mergers

Saying the proposed deal would “lead to higher health-insurance prices, reduced benefits, less innovation, and worse service” for consumers, the Department of Justice yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Aetna’s acquisition of Humana. DOJ also took action … more

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University of Mississippi Medical Center Settles Alleged HIPAA Violations

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has agreed to settle multiple alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR’s investigation of … more

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DCHA Partners with NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions to Offer Coding Webinars

The District of Columbia Hospital Association is once again partnering with New Jersey Hospital Association Healthcare Business Solutions to offer coding webinars to assist coders with complex issues. The series, entitled “Use the Force – To Defeat Coding Challenges,” will … more

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CMS Prepares to Release Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it intends to post the overall hospital star ratings for individual hospitals shortly. CMS also published data showing the national distribution of overall hospital star ratings based on hospital … more

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Hospitals Look for Ways to Handle Pokémon Go

Hospitals around the country are beginning to experience issues with the arrival of the Pokémon Go app. The app, which uses smart phone geolocation, incentivizes interaction with the app at specific physical locations where players can interact with each other … more

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ECRI Institute PSO Webinar: Collecting and Analyzing Meaningful Data to Reduce Falls

The ECRI Institute continues its series of webinars available to District of Columbia hospitals. The next webinar will take place on Thursday, July 21st from 1:30-2:30 and is entitled “Collecting and Analyzing Meaningful Data to Reduce Falls.”  This webinar provides … more

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AHA Issues Report on Legal Barriers to Care Transformation

To ensure that Congress receives the comprehensive report on the existing fraud and abuse barriers to care it requested last year in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, AHA released a report yesterday that examines some of the most … more

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HHS Announces New Action to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On Wednesday, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, … more

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