NCMS Morning Rounds 10-11-19

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Oct. 11, 2019

Latest News from NC HealthConnex

The monthly update from NC HealthConnex is out and contains the latest news and information on the state’s Health Information Exchange Authority (NCHIEA) or NC HealthConnex.

In August, NC HealthConnex received the 2019 Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) Community Partnership Achievement Award at the fifth Annual SHIEC Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. NC HealthConnex was selected for its work to connect to five neighboring state and regional HIEs in the week that led up to Hurricane Florence in 2018. Rapidly working to make the connections allowed the exchange of health records across state lines to provide additional support to providers who were treating individuals escaping affected areas. The effort to create these connections was enormous, so establishing a connection that would normally take weeks or months in less than three days is unheard of in the health care industry, according to SHIEC.

“The genesis of HIEs is to enable the secure exchange of healthcare information using technology during emergent situations,” said Christie Burris, executive director of the NC HIEA. “Use cases for widespread adoption of this type of technology during emergencies continue to emerge.”

NC HealthConnex also was selected as a finalist in the 2019 National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) State IT Recognition Awards program in the Government to Business category.

Access the newsletter here to get answers to any questions about the changes to the Health Information Exchange Act that Governor Roy Cooper signed into law last June. This legislation changes the connection deadlines and requirements for certain groups.

Go straight to the FAQs.

Reminder: Contracting Deadline for Medicaid Managed Care Nov. 15

To be included in auto-enrollment for Medicaid once open enrollment is over on Dec. 15, physicians and PA practices contracts must be signed and mailed to the prepaid health plans administering the services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries by Nov. 15.
This deadline was set because it takes health plans at least two to three weeks to process provider contracts and ensure that providers can be paid. Additional time is then needed to transmit information to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Benefits for inclusion in the auto-enrollment process.

While you may contract with as few or as many health plans as you prefer, patients will be enrolled with an in-network provider for the health plan that they choose or in which they are auto-enrolled. Learn more here.

Access a list of the health plans providing Medicaid Managed Care and contact information.

Dr. Monteiro on the Radio

As part of the Durham Orange County Medical Society’s outreach efforts to improve health in their communities, NCMS past President and current DOCMS member Robert ‘Charlie’ Monteiro, MD, spoke on WCHL radio 97.9 on the rash of vaping-related injuries and deaths.

Listen to the brief 9-minute broadcast conversation with host Aaron Keck.

In the News

WSJ: Physicians Turning to Democratic Party in ‘Historic Shift,’ Becker’s Hospital Review, 10-7-19

Learning Opportunity

The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality is offering an ‘Enhancing Caregiver Resilience Course’ on Nov. 4-5 at the University Club in Durham. The course is designed for caregivers in formal or informal leadership roles, and will provide participants with real-time feedback on burnout, depression, health behaviors, human limitations and human nature. Learn more.


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