NCMS Morning Rounds 10-30-19

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Oct. 30, 2019

NCMS Disaster Relief Fund Helps Two More Practices

NCMS Director of Member Services, Eastern Region Frank Snyder was pleased to deliver disaster relief checks to two practices to aid in their recovery from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Due to damage from the hurricane, the two physicians at Boiling Spring Lakes Family Medicine, Mick Palagruto, DO, and Karen Wood, MD, had to replace the practice’s roof and repair water damage to the waiting room. The NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Program gave them $20,500 to offset those costs.

At Coastal Carolina Neonatology in Wilmington, Hurricane Florence forced the evacuation of the practice’s premature infant patients to inland facilities, meaning the patient census was not back to normal for more than a month after the storm. In addition, several employees were on ‘lock down’ during the hurricane meaning additional costs over and above regular payroll expenses. Snyder presented a check for $7,500 to Fernando Moya, MD, and Practice Administrator, Danah Shealy, to help defray these losses.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the NCMS Disaster Relief Program has granted nearly $500,000 in relief funds to 80 physicians and PAs in eastern North Carolina to help them recover from the storm and continue to provide health care to their communities.

The NCMS Foundation’s Board of Trustees at its meeting this month decided to stop accepting applications for Hurricane Florence damage as of Dec. 1. If you still need help due to damage or lost revenue from Florence, please submit your application for funds by Dec. 1. Review the guidelines and download the application.

Data Dive: The Most Common Drugs Behind US Overdose Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a new report on the most common drugs responsible for overdose deaths in the US as of 2017.

Nationally, nearly 40 percent of all overdose deaths were due to fentanyl, followed by heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. The report also breaks out the findings by region. Read the report.

New Medicare Card Required After Jan. 1 – Or Claims Will Reject

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding all practices serving Medicare patients that starting January 1, 2020, you must use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) when billing Medicare regardless of the date of service. Medicare is warning that it will reject claims submitted with the old Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) with a few exceptions. Learn more about this change.

Here is what CMS is advising:
• Do not wait. Protect your patients’ identities by using MBIs now for all Medicare transactions.
• Need an MBI? Ask you patients for their cards. If they did not get a new card, give them the Get Your New Medicare Card flyer in English or Spanish.
• Check the remittance advice. Medicare will return the MBI on the remittance advice for every claim with a valid and active HICN.

In the News

An Exclusive (but Growing) Club: The Doctors with Licenses in All 50 States, The Advisory Board Forum/CNBC, 10-24-19

Learning Opportunity

The NC Academy of Family Physicians will hold its 2019 Winter Family Physicians Weekend on Dec. 5-8 in Asheville. Several sessions include content that transcends the specialty including one on value-based health care and leadership featuring a panel that includes NCMS’ Aubrey Cuthbertson, program manager for our Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership. Learn more and register.


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