In This Issue:
General Assembly Regulates the Regulators:
The North Carolina General Assembly’s historic 2011 session included sweeping reforms to curtail the regulatory authority of state agencies, including the Divisions of Health Service Regulation; Environmental Health; Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; and professional licensing boards and other agencies directly affecting the operation of hospitals in our state. more...
The End of the Agency’s Second Bite at the Apple:
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Since the inception of North Carolina’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA) over 30 years ago, the state’s executive branch agencies have been able to live by this famous Yogi Berra adage because, in most instances, they had the final say in cases challenging their actions or decisions. more...
Sixty Golden Days (to Pay Back the Feds):
As a sequel to our article “T Minus Sixty Days and Counting” in the Winter 2010, issue of Corridors, this article discusses some practical procedures for hospitals and other providers to handle overpayments and repayments. In the world of medicine, the “golden hour” is that small window of opportunity within which the lives of cardiac, stroke or trauma patients can be saved. more...
Encouraging Teamwork: CMS’ Bundled Payments Initiative
In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced another health care reform initiative aimed at incentivizing coordination of care and efficient health care delivery. The initiative for bundling payments for episodes of care is a mechanism for hospitals and other providers to align service delivery with CMS’s triple aim of better care, better population and individual health, and lower costs.
Employers: Make Sure Your Agreement with Electronic I-9 Providers Is Adequate for Peace of Mind:
As most employers know, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increasing its efforts to stop illegal employment. Short-staffed and lacking resources to perform a lengthy stakeout and raid at an employer’s premises, ICE is using a softer, but no less chilling, method.
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