After careful consideration of the issue, the NCMS Board recently directed staff to investigate building a coalition of specialties that would support an alternative, fair and reasonable solution. As the October 1 deadline for state plan amendments approaches, watch for additional alerts informing you about the progress being made on this issue. You can find regular updates at your NCMS website www.ncmedsoc.org.
Medicaid Rate Adjustments Debated
The Department for Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving quickly to make changes to achieve the $76 million in provider rate savings mandated by the NC General Assembly this year. A number of proposals for how to achieve that target are still being discussed. DHHS is considering multiple proposals that would make adjustments based on a physician’s specialty and other proposals that would that would create variable cuts to individual reimbursement codes. Both of these solutions would cause massive divisions within the physician community that could threaten the stability of NC Medicaid.
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