Morning Rounds for Sept. 5, 2019

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NCMS Morning Rounds!

Sept. 5, 2019

Voting for NCMS Elections Opens Sept. 19

The slate of candidates has been announced for NCMS Board of Director positions; delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) and the NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee. Voting will begin on Sept. 19 with results announced at our Annual Business Meeting to be held at the LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 3-4 in Raleigh. Watch your email for information about the candidates and to access our secure voting process.

Our 2019 slate of candidates:

Philip Brown, Jr., MD

Board of Directors, Region 2 Representative
Holly Biola, MD

Board of Directors, At-Large Member
Merritt Seshul, MD

NC American Medical Association (AMA) Delegate
Mary Ann Contogiannis, MD
John Fagg, MD

NC American Medical Association (AMA) Alternate Delegate
Dev Sangvai, MD

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC), Region 1
Edward Ricciardelli, MD

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC), Region 2
Ronald Laney, Jr., MD
Vipul Shah, MD

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC), Region 3
Docia Hickey, MD
James Hill, Jr., PA-C
Janice Huff, MD

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC), Region 4
Frank Melvin, MD
Scott Paviol, MD

Make Sure Your MIPS Payment Is Correct

If your practice participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, your performance feedback, which includes your MIPS final score and payment adjustment factor(s), are now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. The MIPS payment adjustment you will receive in 2020 is based on your final score. A positive, negative or neutral payment adjustment will be applied to the Medicare paid amount under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2020.

If you think an error was made in the calculation of your payment adjustment, you may request a review until Sept. 30, 2019.

To make such a request, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advise going to the Quality Payment Program website and logging in using your HCQIS Access Roles and Profile System (HARP) credentials; these are the same credentials that allowed you to submit your MIPS data.

Learn more by reviewing the 2018 Targeted Review Fact Sheet and the 2018 Targeted Review Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still have questions, contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 or emailing

Syringe Exchange Programs Making Impact

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) along with the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization for harm reduction policies, report a significant increase in the number of people receiving clean needles and opioid overdose reversal kits over the last three years.

Syringe exchange programs became legal in the state three years ago and are operated by local health departments, organizations like the NCHRC and other community groups. NCDHHS data shows that over that three year period the number of syringe exchange program participants have more than doubled from just under 4,000 people in 2016-17 to more than 9,600 in 2018-19. That translates to more than 3.3 million clean syringes distributed in 2018-19.

Data for the distribution of the opioid antagonist naloxone have also increased. The syringe exchange program have distributed about 35,000 naloxone kits in 2018-19. Back in 2016-17, that number was about 5,700.

Statewide there are 31 registered needle exchange programs, according to NCDHHS. See the list.

In the News

Why Are We All So Obsessed With Step Counts Anyway?, The Advisory Board Forum, 8-23-19

Learning Opportunity

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville is offering MAT Waiver Training sessions Sept. 27. Learn more and register.
For a list of in-person MAT training sessions as well as available online trainings, visit the NCMS Foundation Project OBOT webpage.

And don’t forget — register today for the LEAD Health Care Conference!



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