• NC Attorney General Wants Your Feedback on the Controlled Substances Reporting System

    The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) implemented the Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) to monitor outpatient dispensing of prescription controlled substances on a statewide basis. The CSRS […]

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  • North Carolina Immunization Program Changes Made

    As of April 1, 2010, the North Carolina Immunization Program will incorporate the following changes: The State will now only provide seasonal flu vaccine for VFC –eligible children 6 months […]

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  • NCMS Remembers Edith Hutto Holt, MD

    Professionally known as Dr. Hutto and affectionately called Edie, Edith Hutto Holt, MD, died March 4, 2010 in Asheville, where she became the first female dermatologist to enter private practice […]

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  • 10 Questions With A North Carolina Medical Student

    We recently asked Trevor Royce, a second year medical student at the UNC-CH School of Medicine, to sit down with us to answer 10 questions about his med school experience […]

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  • Wanted: Physicians to Voice Concerns over Health System Reform

    The North Carolina Medical Society continues to lobby the North Carolina Congressional Delegation asking that our Representatives and Senators consider several areas of concern with national health system reform.

    In a letter sent to the Delegation on March 8, 2010, the NCMS asked members of the House and Senate to consider the following priorities as they debate any bill that might go to reconciliation:

    • A permanent repeal of Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula
    • Meaningful liability reform
    • Physicians and patients having the right to privately contract without penalties
    • Increased provider reimbursement to offset Medicaid expansion
    • Medicare bonus payments for primary care and the expansion of primary care residency positions
    • Elimination of penalties for physicians who do not successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)
    • Elimination of the proposed Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)
    • Safeguards on Accountable Care Organizations and payment-bundling pilot programs
    • Limit barriers to new physician-owned hospitals

    Please read the letter for more details. Contact your Representative and Senators and urge the need for health system reform that will provide adequate access for patients, a sustainable workforce, and support improved quality and administrative effectiveness while managing costs. Your voice is important and needed.

    More information about health system reform can be found on the NCMS website,, where you can access updates and the Doctor-to-Doctor blog, which allows you to comment on issues and read what your colleagues are saying.

    The NCMS is advocating these priorities on a daily basis with members of the NC Congressional Delegation. Be watching for this week’s Bulletin for more information about health system reform and other timely issues.

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  • Bulletin for March 5, 2010

    Bulletin for March 5, 2010

    Volume 61 Issue 9 – March 5, 2010 Featured Stories Medicare Payment Cuts Postponed for 31 days; SGR Still Not Fixed The Senate voted 78-19 late Tuesday evening to pass […]

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  • Medicare Payment Cuts Postponed for 31 days; SGR Still Not Fixed

    The Senate voted 78-19 late Tuesday evening to pass H.R. 4691, the Temporary Extension Act of 2010, which included provisions to extend 2009 Medicare physician payment rates through the end of the month. As a result, the 21% payment cut that took effect on March 1 has been postponed until April 1.

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  • CMS Acts to Stop 10-Day Hold on Physicians’ Medicare Claims

    After President Obama signed into law the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 on Tuesday, CMS announced it would stop its ten-day hold on physicians’ Medicare claims.

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  • New BCBSNC Hotline Opened for Physicians

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is launching a Physician Hotline for physicians and their practices to call when faced with ongoing problems related to billing, claims, coverage determinations, credentialing, and other issues that aren’t getting resolved.

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  • Health Care Reform Gets Push from the White House

    The debate over health system reform took a more partisan turn this week when President Obama called for Congress to take an up or down vote on the health care reform bill.

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