At this time, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, and the North Carolina Medical Group Managers collectively urge all PAs and their medical practices to hold their Medicaid enrollment applications until DMA (1) completes rulemaking that establishes its authority to require direct enrollment and (2) fully explains all eventual ramifications that direct enrollment will have for these practitioners and their practices. Until those details are known and until DMA secures the proper authority to continue with this initiative, we feel that the enrollment process presents only risks and no benefits.
We continue to await the opportunity to engage with DMA in further discussions about direct enrollment of non-physician practitioners. Please ask any medical practice personnel who insist on continuing the application process to contact Kristin Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the NCMS Member Resource Center, or one of the other above-listed organizations, with any questions.
We will continue to provide updates on this issue as we receive them.