NCMS Morning Rounds 11-7-19

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NCMS Morning Rounds.

Nov. 7, 2019

Another Eastern NC Practice Receives NCMS Relief Funds

Last fall, Hurricane Florence devastated BeachCare Urgent and Family Medical Center in Morehead City. The practice suffered catastrophic wind and rain damage when the storm ripped two-thirds of the roof off the building, destroying the internal structure and everything inside. After months of rebuilding, the practice’s ledger finally is showing positive figures, but practice owner, Richard Rappaport, PA-C, still has to repay the loans he took out in the storm’s aftermath to pay staff and rebuild.

A $10,000 check from the NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Program fund will help offset some of those costs to help ensure that BeachCare can continue to serve the health care needs of its community.

The NCMS Disaster Relief Program has granted nearly $500,000 in relief funds to 80 physicians and PAs in eastern North Carolina to help them recover from the storm and continue to provide health care to their communities. As of Dec. 1, the program will stop accepting applications for Hurricane Florence damage. If you still need help due to damage or lost revenue from Florence, please submit your application by Dec. 1.

Review the guidelines and download the application.

NCMS Expresses Concern with Executive Order on Medicare

The NCMS joined scores of other specialty and state medical societies in signing on to a letter to US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing concerns with an Executive Order issued last month titled ‘Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.’

The concerns center on the portion of the order related to supervision and reimbursement of non-physician health care professionals. The provision in question proposes a regulation to eliminate or weaken current Medicare supervision requirements for non-physician professionals.

As the letter states, the current supervision requirements are “a critical safeguard to ensure the health and safety of Medicare patients and the cornerstone of the widely adopted team-based approach to health care. Scope of practice of health care professionals should be based on standardized, adequate training and demonstrated competence in patient care, not politics. While all health care professionals share an important role in providing care to patients, their skillset is not interchangeable with that of a fully trained physician.”

Read the entire letter.

NC Medicaid Requests Healthy Opportunities Proposals

As part of the state’s Medicaid transformation, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is seeking to address the social and environmental – non-clinical — factors that have been shown to determine up to 80 percent of a person’s health. To that end, this week the Department has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for its Healthy Opportunities Pilots.

The RFP is to select Lead Pilot Entities (LPEs) through a competitive procurement process and enter into contracts with the LPEs to operate elements of the Healthy Opportunities Pilot program. LPEs will contract directly with other organizations to build a network of Human Services Organizations (HSOs) to deliver Pilot services in their geographic area. The pilot program aims to test evidence-based interventions designed to reduce costs and improve health by more intensely addressing housing instability, transportation insecurity, food insecurity, interpersonal violence and toxic stress for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries.

The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. NCDHHS anticipates that LPEs will be selected in April 2020 and the pilots will begin delivering services in Spring 2021. More information about the RPF is available on the Medicaid Transformation Requests for Proposals and Requests for Information page.

You can find more information about the Pilots on the Healthy Opportunities Pilots website.

In the News

CDC: Childhood Trauma is a Public Health Issue and We Can Do More to Prevent It, NPR, 11-5-19

Learning Opportunity

This month’s NCMS Foundation and NC Medical Group Management Association’s Lunch & Learn Webinar will be on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. and will focus on ‘5 Ways to Improve Your Practice’s Financial Health.’ The featured speaker will be Shane Tenny, CFP, managing partner of Spaugh Dameron Tenny, LLC. He will address how to ensure your practice is prepared to grow; how to recruit and retain physicians and PAs as well as other key staff and how to score your practice’s current financial health. Learn more and register.

 
 

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