NCMS Morning Rounds 11-19-20

Here is your Thursday NCMS Morning Rounds.

Nov. 19, 2020

Today is National Rural Health Day – Celebrate the Power and Joy of Rural

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. This is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, offers the chance to bring to light the unique health care challenges that rural citizens face and showcase the efforts of rural health care providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges. Learn more about this meaningful celebration, now in its 10th year.

In honor of National Rural Health Day, the NC Office of Rural Health and the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance and the NC Rural Center will host a virtual event at 11 a.m. this morning.

“Celebrate the Power and Joy of Rural” will spotlight the responsiveness and resiliency of our rural communities, and highlight the joy and benefits of choosing to live in a rural community. Tune in at 11 a.m. to hear from Matthew Hoagland, author of “Think Small: A Millennial’s Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America,” as well as Sophia Paulos, Economic Director for Graham County, as she shares information about the Graham County Paramedicine Program.

Learn more and register here.

Deadline TOMORROW for Campbell Health Professions Program

Campbell University’s Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree program provides education in leadership, change management, curriculum design and teaching skills to clinicians of all disciplines. The degree program is designed to prepare health care professionals as teachers and leaders in training the next generation of health care providers. This flyer offers an overview.

Applications are due tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 18.

Learn more about the program at this website.

Update: NC’s Move to Medicaid Managed Care

NC Medicaid recently published an update on the state’s move to Managed Care for physicians and PAs serving Medicaid patients. The transition is slated to occur on July 1, 2021, when an estimated 1.6 to 1.8 million Medicaid and NC Health Choice beneficiaries will begin receiving services through five Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) or the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Tribal Option. Some beneficiaries will stay in fee-for-service known as NC Medicaid Direct.

The update includes:
• Links to sign up for one webinar series specifically for Medicaid Managed Care going live on July 1, 2021, and another that focuses on Quality and Performance on clinical criteria
• How to ensure provider information displays correctly in NC’s Provider Directory Tool
• Provider Ombudsman contact information
• PHP Provider Manual updates
• Key dates for transitioning to Medicaid Managed Care

Access the update here.

In the News

What Doctors Aren’t Always Taught: How to Spot Racism in Health Care, Kaiser Health News, 11-17-20

Learning Opportunity

Health Leads offers the next edition of the ‘Intentionally Integrating Equity into Social Determinants of Health Interventions’ webinar series, on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Three health equity champions will discuss the importance of intentionally centering the community and racial health equity equity when investing in and implementing technology solutions. Learn more and register here.

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