Morning Rounds for September 6, 2019

It’s Friday! Here’s your last
NCMS Morning Rounds of the week.

Sept. 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Updates and Resources Available Online

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the Carolinas, the NCMS has posted resources and information online to assist the medical community in dealing with the possible effects of the storm. We will be updating this post frequently with more information as we receive it. View the Hurricane Dorian Resource Page.

We hope that you stay safe during this dangerous storm, and we wish to thank you and your colleagues for working tirelessly during this emergency.

Treat Medicaid Patients? Be Sure to Check Provider Directories

If your practice has signed contracts with the pre-paid health plans under the new Medicaid managed care program, be sure to check the provider directories. Make sure your physicians, physician assistants and practice sites are listed as in-network with those plans.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is trying to address issues around the directories, and posted the following on their troubleshooting page.

“Prepaid Health Plans provide the list of contracted providers to be displayed in the Enrollment Broker (EB) provider directory. This directory is updated daily. There is a one- to two-week delay from the time a provider signs a contract with the PHP and when the provider appears on the EB provider directory search. Providers concerned that they are not correctly listed for their contracted health plans, or that their plan affiliation data are incorrect, should contact the PHP’s Provider Call Center for assistance:

  • Healthy Blue: 1-844-594-5072
  • WellCare: 1-866-799-5318
  • AmeriHealth Caritas: 1-888-738-0004
  • UnitedHealthcare: 1-800-638-3302
  • Carolina Complete Health: 1-833-552-3876.

Review NCDHHS’ Issue Resolution overview for more information.

Help Your Community by Becoming Waiver Trained

The National Health Service Corps is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase the number of DATA 2000 Waiver-certified clinicians in high-need communities to prevent, identify, and treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). SAMHSA’s Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) provides training for the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) Waiver, which helps improve access to OUD and SUD treatment by allowing clinicians to dispense or prescribe narcotic medications like buprenorphine in settings other than an opioid treatment program (OTP). Watch a video to learn more about this initiative.

If you are a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner (NP), certified nurse midwife (CNM), or physician assistant (PA) and have an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number to dispense controlled substances, you are eligible for free, discipline-specific MAT Waiver Training. The MD/DO training is 8 hours. NP, CNM, and PA training courses are 24 hours. Both in-person and online courses are available. Learn more and register.

You can also access free mentoring services. This helps you employ evidence-based practices when prescribing opioids and effectively use medications in treating OUD. The mentoring program is available by telephone, email, or in person, in some cases.

As an added enticement, by obtaining a DATA 2000 waiver, you become a priority applicant for some NHSC loan repayment programs and certain disciplines can become eligible for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Continuation Contract MAT Award Enhancement.

Next week – Guest Editors for NCMS Morning Rounds

While regular NCMS Morning Rounds editor, NCMS Vice President for Communications and Marketing Elaine Ellis, MS, is out of the office next week, readers will be treated to a variety of staff guest editors. They will bring new perspectives and insights to the newsletter and offer information on various aspects of the NCMS’ work and how it impacts your patients and your practice.

We hope you enjoy the variety!

In the News

CDC Updates Flu Shot Recommendations for 2019-20 Season, Becker’s Hospital Review, 8-23-19

Learning Opportunity

Wake AHEC is offering the NC Integrated Care Symposium on Nov. 7 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. This This one-day symposium is designed to enhance integrated care knowledge and build skill sets to provide primary care and behavioral health services. Learn more and register here.


NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 3-4, 2019

Register now for the NCMS’ LEAD Health Care Conference! You’ll be glad you did!


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