Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, the regulatory scope of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) has been expanded under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA); and
WHEREAS, the PPACA greatly increases Medicaid enrollment in participating states; and
WHEREAS, Medicaid and Medicare payments for professional services are often lower than the cost of delivering such services; and
WHEREAS, forced participation in Medicaid and Medicare could lead to practice insolvency; and
WHEREAS, government entities such as CMMS might consider linking state medical licensure to obligatory participation in such programs, which would intrude upon the sovereign authority of the North Carolina Medical Board; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society opposes linking state licensure to obligatory participation in any private or government third party payer program. (policy)
Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.