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North Carolina folds to provider pressure with insurance plan shifting away from set rates

Dive Brief: North Carolina’s state treasurer announced major state hospital systems will be in-network in the state’s insurance plan for more than 720,000 teachers and state employees, bowing to provider pressure. The state proposed a plan last year that would set reimbursement prices based on Medicare rates, almost double such rates on average. A number… Read More »

Toxic lead removed from Paris schools after Notre Dame fire

Workers have started decontaminating some Paris schools tested with unsafe levels of lead following the blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral, as part of efforts to protect children from risks of lead poisoning. Paris authorities ordered last month a deep clean at schools near the cathedral after the April 15 blaze. The decontamination work is… Read More »

Report says docs are buried in messages, most from EHRs

New published research shows a link between physicians’ well-being and the volume of messages that come in their inbox. In-box messages generated by electronic health records systems accounted for nearly half of weekly messages received per physician, far exceeding the number of messages received from colleagues and patients, which further contributes to burnout. The EHR… Read More »