NCMS Morning Rounds 11-20-20

Finally Friday and here is your NCMS Morning Rounds.

November 20, 2020

Highlights from the AMA’s Special Meeting

Last week the AMA held its Annual Interim Meeting in a virtual format and its House of Delegates (HOD) adopted several actions of note around timely issues like the COVID-19 vaccine, racial justice and social determinants of health among many others.

The AMA’s actions include:

Here are additional highlights from the AMA’s Interim Meeting.

More Time to Connect to NC HealthConnex

Under state law (N.C.G.S. § 90-414.4), physicians and PAs who receive state funds to provide care through Medicaid, NC Health Choice or the State Health Plan must connect and submit patient demographic and clinical data to NC HealthConnex, the state-designated Health Information Exchange (HIE). The original deadline for connecting was June 1, 2020. That deadline has been extended to Oct. 1, 2021, as authorized by the Governor signing into law the COVID-19 Recovery Act last spring.

This extension provides additional time to move through the technical process to complete onboarding. NC HealthConnex encourages those who are required to connect, but who have not yet taken steps to do so, to contact the NC HIEA at 919-754-6912 or hiea@nc.gov, as there is a large queue of provider organizations in the current onboarding status.

Learn more here.

BCBSNC Extends Telehealth Coverage

Blue Cross NC is extending its expanded reimbursement policy for practice visits completed by video or phone, through June 30, 2021, and will continue covering these telehealth visits at the same rate as face-to-face visits. This measure applies to all Blue Cross NC commercial plans and Medicare Advantage plans offered and administered by Blue Cross NC.

The state’s largest insurer is also waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing until the end of the public health emergency and for COVID-19 treatment until the end of March 2021.

Learn more about the latest extensions here.

In the News

Public Health Programs See Surge in Students Amid Pandemic, PBS NewsHour, 11-17-20

Learning Opportunity

The University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Equity Research is hosting another of its ‘Building Bridges for Health Equity: Clinical Scholars Leadership Lessons’ on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This webinar session brings together four Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar alumni to share their lessons learned from working with marginalized communities including complex issue of youth mental health, foster care, oral health and opioid additions. Learn more and view past webinars in this series here.

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