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Raleigh, N.C. – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) joined hospital leaders and staff from across the state at the North Carolina General Assembly building on Tuesday, May 19 for Hospital Advocacy Day. The annual event, sponsored by the North Carolina Hospital Association, provides an opportunity for hospital leaders and staff to visit with lawmakers to discuss key priorities for the legislative session, including the newly introduced framework for Medicaid Reform, developed by physicians, hospitals and other Medicaid care providers.

“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with our legislative delegation in Raleigh to engage in dialogue with them to increase their understanding of how these issues being discussed impact Southeastern Health,” said SeHealth Government Affairs Officer Reid Caldwell.

North Carolina’s hospitals support a provider-led approach to Medicaid Reform that applies the Triple Aim framework to improve patient experience, improve the health of populations and reduce the cost of care for the Medicaid population. The issue is important to hospitals. On average, 17 of every 100 hospital patients are paid by Medicaid. In 2013, Medicaid patients made up 26 percent of all emergency visits – more than any other insurance type.

Hospital leaders shared stories of ways they already are transforming health care delivery in their communities. NCHA sponsored a Transformation Courtyard with hands-on exhibits and information from hospitals ranging from staff wellness programs and improving population health to technology innovations that connect patients with their physicians and their health information. SeHealth dietitians and exercise specialists shared information about the sugar content of common foods and beverages while offering samples and a recipe for a healthy version of a smoothie.

“Our hospitals have tremendous stories to tell about the work they are doing to lead transformational change and safeguard precious resources to provide care for all, including the most vulnerable in our society,” said Bill Pully, NCHA president. “It is important to ensure that our lawmakers understand the implications of their decisions on the work we are doing to improve the health of our communities.”

Find out more about provider-led Medicaid Reform at
https://www.healthiertomorrownc.com/nc-care-providers-are-prepared-to-assume-risk-for-medicaid/

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