Carolinas HealthCare System, the largest health system in North Carolina, and UNC Health Care, the state's renowned academic health system, have announced plans to merge into one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health systems.
CMS also says it will provide $36.8 million in funding for so-called enrollment "navigators" for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) upcoming open enrollment period, down from $62.5 million CMS gave navigators to help with enrollment during the ACA's last open enrollment period.
Although Hurricane Harvey led to the closure of at least 16 hospitals, crisis management coordination between Texas hospitals and the state minimized care interruptions, and officials estimate that most facilities in affected areas will return to full service within the next several weeks.
Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough's ruling clarifies the expiration date of the fiscal year 2017 budget reconciliation instructions, which allow a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to pass the Senate by a simple majority without being subject to a filibuster.
The University of Utah Hospital has implemented new policies that bar officers from direct contact with nurses after a police officer placed a hospital nurse under arrest for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient. The blood draw, if it had occurred, would have violated hospital policy and according to experts likely would have been illegal.