NCMS Morning Rounds 10-1-19

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Oct. 1, 2019

NC Medical Board Offers Helpful Information

Have a question about what your professional obligation is as far as completing a death certificate? What about opioid prescribing? Or the proper way to close a medical practice? The NC Medical Board (NCMB), the state’s licensing agency for physicians and physician assistants, offers a handy resource guide on their ‘Resources and Information’ page to address these and other common questions that may arise among their licensees. Access that page.

Watch for other timely information on the NCMB’s website about new position statements, requirements or to access their digital forum.

2019 Alternative Payment Model Incentive Payment Fact Sheet Available

In September, clinicians who were Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participants based on their 2017 performance began receiving their 5 percent APM Incentive Payments for 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a new 2019 APM Incentive Payment Fact Sheet to explain:
• Who is eligible to receive an APM incentive payment in 2019
• How CMS determines your 2019 Incentive Payment
• Answers to frequently asked questions

If you are a qualifying participant, this means you are:
• Eligible for the 5 percent APM incentive payment for the applicable payment year; and
• Excluded from MIPS reporting requirements and payment adjustments.

Access the Fact Sheet.

View your participation status at the individual level here by entering your 10-digit National Provider Identifier (NPI).

Later this fall you will be able to verify your information by going to the QPP portal where you will see the incentive payment amount and the billing NPI for both for the NPI and for the organization. For more information on APMs and lists of current APM participants, visit the QPP APM webpages. You can also contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715-6222), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET or by e-mail at:

AMA Comments on Proposed QPP Rule

Speaking of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), the AMA recently submitted their comments on the 2020 physician Fee Schedule and the proposed changes to the QPP to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The 120-page comments letter, addresses many aspects of the proposed rule, but the AMA particularly focused on two main issues:
• Evaluation and Management (E/M) office visit coding change, and
• Improving the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Read the AMA’s comments.

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Learning Opportunity

Registration closes soon for the Governor’s Institute Addiction Medicine Essentials conference to be held in Durham Oct. 4-5. The gathering will provide addiction medicine basics for a range of health care professionals. Learn more and register.


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