NCMS Morning Rounds 11-19-21

Happy Friday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds!

November 19, 2021

Please note:  The NCMS Morning Rounds will be taking a break next week; look for your daily dose of news back in your inbox starting on November 30th. Happy Thanksgiving from the NCMS!

Get To Know Your NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees Member Jason Newton

The NCMS Foundation would like to welcome one of its newest Board of Trustees members, Jason Newton. Mr. Newton is General Counsel at Curi. He joined Curi in 2013 after a 14-year career in private law practice defending doctors, advanced practice providers, and hospitals. Curi is an advisory firm headquartered in Raleigh, NC, and its mission is to help physicians in medicine, business and life. Mr. Newton is a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice section of the national legal publication Law360. Organizations regularly ask him to speak on a variety of topics relevant to physicians, and he has presented to approximately 7,000 healthcare providers, lawyers, and medical liability industry professionals. Mr. Newton has a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law.

NC Sentinel Network Questionnaire: Deadline Extended Until November 21

A new group, the NC Center for Health Workforce, 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. The NC Center for Health Workforce will 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 questionnaire is scheduled to close on Sunday, November 21– make sure your voice is heard!


Temporary Provider Rate Increases and Clinical Policy Changes Extended

NC Medicaid is extending all current COVID-19 temporary provider rate increases through Dec. 31, 2021. While the rate increases for providers authorized under SL 2020-4 were set to expire on June 30, 2021, NC Medicaid has discretion to continue these and other temporary rate increases, assuming budget availability. NC Medicaid will continue to provide updates on the status of all rate increases as more information becomes available.

Read the full Special Bulletin here.

In the News

Deaths From Drug Overdoses Top 100,000 In One Year, STAT, 11-17-21 

Learning Opportunity

Virtual Coaching on Integrated Behavioral Health, December 15, 2021 from 11AM to 1PM

Learn how behavioral health integration with primary care can improve your health center’s quality metrics. Get free 1:1 practice transformation coaching to support your integrated health efforts—everything from implementing collaborative care to adapting billing procedures to mastering specific BH interventions and more, all free via HRSA’s BHTA Center. Whatever your challenges are – new workflows, implementing value-based reimbursement, or just taking the first step toward integrated behavioral health. Where are you now and where do you want to go?

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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