NCMS Morning Rounds 12-15-21

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December 15, 2021

What FQHCs Need to Know About New 340B State Protections

The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) created What North Carolina FQHCs Need to Know About New State Protections Against PBM 340B Discrimination, a four-page memo with 10 frequently asked questions about new state law 340B protections in Senate Bill 257/Session Law 2021-161 (Medication Cost Transparency Act). This memo provides an overview of the law and provides three clear action steps every FQHC should take when they encounter 340B discrimination by a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM).

NHSC Deadline Extended!

The deadline to submit your application for one of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Programs is extended until Thursday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Last year, awards were given to every eligible applicant thanks to additional funding through the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan (ARP). Additional ARP-funded awards are planned for this year, so don’t wait – apply today!

Get specific details on eligibility and how to apply on the NHSC website.

Recent Updates to the ICD-10-CM Code Set and Revisions to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting Related to Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) have updated the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) code set with 11 new diagnosis codes describing social determinants of health (SDOH). The new Z codes were created to provide additional information regarding SDOH data such as housing, food insecurity, or transportation. 

What are Z Codes?

SDOH-related Z codes ranging from Z55-Z65 are the ICD-10-CM encounter reason codes used to document SDOH data (e.g., housing, food insecurity, transportation, etc.).

SDOH are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age.

Z codes can be used in any health setting and by any clinician as a tool for identifying a range of issues related to SDOH. Using SDOH Z codes can enhance quality improvement activities, track factors that influence people’s health, and provide further insight into existing health inequities.

In the News

Pfizer says antiviral pill sharply reduces severe illness, should work against omicron, Becker’s, 12-14-21

Learning Opportunity

End of Year 340B Update: The Latest Federal and Litigation Update, Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm

As this year comes to a close, please join the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for an overview on the latest 340B Litigation and Federal legislation.

This webinar will:

Provide an overview on 340B contract pharmacy litigation and the impact on health centers

Update on the 340B Alternative Dispute Resolution litigation

Federal Legislation and Advocacy

Insight into 2022 and the road ahead

Register here.


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