NCMS Morning Rounds 10-8-19

Here is your Tuesday NCMS Morning Rounds

Oct. 8, 2019

NCMS Foundation Trustees Meeting News

The NCMS Foundation’s Board of Trustees met last Saturday to receive updates on the many initiatives underway and to officially announce the Board’s new president, president-elect and several new board members.

Katie Lowry, MD, a Lumberton pediatrician, will be the Board’s new president and past NCMS Board of Directors President Paul R.G. Cunningham, MD, a retired surgeon and former Brody School of Medicine Dean, will be the Foundation’s president-elect for the coming year. Two Kanof Institute Leadership College alumni will join the Board: Marc Carruth, MD, a Charlotte dermatologist, and Cynthia Gary, PA-C, who works at Johnston County Public health. Congratulations to all!

The Board members received updates on the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Program, established in the wake of Hurricane Florence in fall 2018. Nearly $500,000 in relief grants have been distributed to practices impacted by the storm in eastern North Carolina to help them recover and continue to serve their communities’ medical needs. Another seven practices are in the pipeline to receive funds. The Board agreed that applications for relief from Hurricane Florence will be accepted until Dec. 1. If you 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.

Updates on other Foundation initiatives like Project OBOT and Our Community Health Initiative (OCHI) revealed that both of these programs are continuing to roll out successfully and will be available statewide in the coming months. For instance, the drug card available through the Project OBOT pharmacy network offering cost savings to patients on their Medication Assisted Treatment prescriptions is launching statewide. The partnership between the Foundation’s Our Community Health Initiative and the YMCA of the Triangle, which offers physicians a seamless way to refer their patients to medical membership programs at the Y, has already received 350 referrals. The programs also is poised to launch throughout the state as part of Diabetes Free NC. Learn more about Project OBOT and OCHI.

The Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) programs continue to grow with full enrollment for the 2020 class of Leadership College and the Health Care Leadership and Management course. Customized programs are underway with the NC Public Health Association, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Campbell University as well as the new Future KIPL Clinician Leaders College and several other programs under development.

NC Medicaid Provider Directory Notice

The Deputy Secretary for the NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Medicaid Dave Richard sent the following message last week regarding provider directories during this open enrollment period for the state’s Medicaid managed care rollout:

“Effective Oct. 2, 2019, the Enrollment Broker Provider Directory will no longer support searching for providers by specialty. The “Select a provider specialty” feature is no longer available. It has been removed from both the “Find a primary care provider” page and from the “Filter by” page. Users must search for a practice by geographic location and/or by practice name to ensure the most accurate result.

“After the September changes, providers informed Medicaid that some specialties did not display the groups/practices within that specialty type selected. For example, a pediatric group will not display as a result, if the user selects “pediatric” as the specialty. This is a direct result of the way groups/practices are required to enroll their specialty – i.e.: as either “Multi-specialty” or “Single-specialty” groups. To alleviate potential confusion, we removed the “specialty” filter until such time as we can address the underlying data issue.

Medicaid is currently working with the Enrollment Broker to ensure the specialty search feature effectively displays provider information. This functionality will be added back to the directory before the launch of Medicaid Managed Care on Feb. 1, 2020.”

If you have questions or want to learn more about this major transition to managed care, visit NCDHHS’ Medicaid transformation website.

Seeking MCAC Nominees in Congressional District 6

The NC DHHS-Division of Health Benefits (NC Medicaid) is seeking nominations for qualified candidates who live or work in Congressional District 6 to serve on its Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC).

The MCAC serves as the advisory committee to the NC DHHS and NC Medicaid, in providing advice and recommendations concerning health and medical care services that may be covered by its programs. Read the solicitation letter to learn more. Here is a list of those serving on the MCAC.

Nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 4. Interested candidates should email a PDF of their resume and this completed biographical sketch to, no later than Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. You may nominate yourself as well if you work or live in Congressional District 6. If you need assistance with determining your congressional district, please refer to the NC General Assembly web site. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Beatty at 919-855-4102.

In the News

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Learning Opportunity

The Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum of NC (THEF) Clinician’s Group Committee is hosting it’s inaugural Clinician’s Group event at The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more and register.


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