NCMS Morning Rounds 10-21-21

Happy Thursday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds!

October 21, 2021

Reminder from the NC Sentinel Network

Help us respond to your health workforce needs!

We are part of a new group, the NC Center for Health Workforce, that is working with NC AHEC, the Sheps Center and other stakeholders to take action to address North Carolina’s health workforce needs. An initial step in this process is to gather your concerns about recruitment, retention and skill needs of your workforce.  We’ll use this information to work with policymakers and educators to develop responses and solutions.

Click here to provide the information we can use to help!

About the Sentinel Network:

The Sentinel Network is a tool to understand health employers’ real-time workforce needs – such as challenges related to recruitment, retention, and needed skills – and make that information available to educators and policymakers so they can take action right away. We plan to gather this information twice a year so it will be timely and actionable. For more information on how this information has been presented in other states, go to:

Your participation is important, and your feedback is confidential.

The information you provide to the Sentinel Network will be kept confidential. Your organization’s data will be reported in aggregate form with data from similar organizations. Care will be taken to ensure that no individual organization’s responses can be identified in reports.

Help us address your – and the North Carolina healthcare industry’s – health workforce needs. Please participate today!


The Sentinel Network is an initiative conducted collaboratively by North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) and the University of North Carolina’s Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy within the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Funding to initiate the North Carolina Sentinel Network came from NC AHEC.

Vaccination Outreach Code Reimbursement

Effective Oct. 22, 2021, NC Medicaid-enrolled providers can bill code 99401 with HM modifier for telephone outreach to unvaccinated Medicaid beneficiaries. The goal of the outreach is to educate the beneficiaries on the vaccine and assist them in scheduling an appointment, ideally in the office where the outreach is originated. 

Billing Specifications: 

  • CPT 99401 HM has a limit of one call per beneficiary per day. The code can only be billed for successfully connecting with the beneficiary; hangups or voicemails cannot be billed.
  • Medicaid-enrolled providers must bill CPT 99401 HM with a CR modifier to indicate a PHE code.
  • There is no requirement for a specific diagnosis code associated with the code.

Read the full SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #192 here.

Whole Community Connection Launching in Edgecombe and Robeson Counties

Whole Community Connection (WCC), a joint initiative of Interprofessional Education and Practice and UNC Rural, both under the Office of the Provost, is launching in Edgecombe and Robeson Counties!

WCC invites applications from community-academic collaborations advancing health and well-being in Edgecombe or Robeson County, NC. Selected teams from each county will receiving funding and leadership training to implement their approaches.

Learn more and apply here.

In the News

Sex of the Fetus Influences the Mother’s Response to Covid-19 Infection, New Research Shows, STAT, 10-19-21

Learning Opportunity 

2021 Addiction Medicine Essentials Conference, Friday, October 22, 8:00am – 4:30pm

During the conference, you’ll hear from addiction specialists from all over the country. Visit the website to see the full agenda.

Register here.


If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!


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