NCMS Morning Rounds 11-1-21

Happy First day of November! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds!

November 1, 2021

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Make a Strong Flu Shot Recommendation — It’s Critical

As a health care professional, your strong recommendation makes a difference in whether your patients get a flu shot. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, is important to protect people 65 years and older, vulnerable populations, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, you may give the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit.

Medicare Part B covers 1 flu shot per flu season and additional flu shots if medically necessary. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment.

Every office visit is an opportunity to remind your patients that the flu shot helps protect them from serious flu illness and complications. Don’t miss this critical opportunity to keep your patients safe and healthy.

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CSRS Covers Integration Fees

The Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS) is able to provide financial support to practices by fully covering the initial integration fees for a bidirectional EHR connection to the CSRS. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will cover the licensing fees associated with the integration service for approved prescribers and pharmacists in North Carolina to connect their EHR to PMPGateway and NarxCare. Additional fees, in which the practice is responsible for, may be assessed by their EHR/PM vendor. The practice will need to consult with your vendor representative if you have questions. Practices should contact the CSRS via if they are interested in taking advantage of a bidirectional connection to the CSRS. Practices may also contact NC AHEC Practice Support at for more information.

New HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has announced the release of the new HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy, designed to increase access to the full range of care and services for individuals who use substances that cause overdose, and their families.  This new strategy focuses on the multiple substances involved in overdose and the diverse treatment approaches for substance use disorder.

In the News

SARS-CoV-2 Can Infect The Inner Ear,Study Says, Nature, 10-29-21

Learning Opportunity 

Medicaid Managed Care WEBINAR SERIES: Quality & Population Health, November 16 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The third webinar in the Quality & Population Health Webinar series, formerly the Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Webinar series, will focus on PCP Assignments and Working with Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs). Following the presentations, there will be time for Q&A. This webinar series is designed to support providers, practice managers, quality improvement professionals, care managers, and CINs.

Register here.

Click here to view the recording of the October Quality & Population Health webinar on Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) / Healthy Opportunity Pilots: Impacts to AMHs.

For questions about provider trainings and other NC Medicaid resources, please contact


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