NCMS Morning Rounds 12-21-21

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds!

December 21, 2021

Message from NCMS EVP & CEO Chip Baggett

HRSA COVID-19 Testing Supply Program

HRSA-supported health centers (HRSA-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes) and Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics are invited to join the HRSA COVID-19 Testing Supply Program to order free, FDA-approved COVID-19 at-home self-test kits for distribution to their communities.

As shared in a bulletin to Project Directors earlier this week and in the December 16 Town Hall, all health centers are now invited to order Quidel QuickVue® At-Home OTC COVID-19 tests.

NC Medicaid Managed Care: COVID Vaccination Member Incentive Reference Tool

With COVID infections rising and Omicron looming, the Prepaid Health Plan (PHP) Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have continued to update their respective COVID Vaccination Member Incentive programs and compiled key components into a Quick Reference Guide.

CMS Funding 1,000 New Residency Slots for Hospitals Serving Rural & Underserved Communities

On December 17, CMS took a critical step to advance health equity and access, issuing a final rule that will enhance the health care workforce and fund additional medical residency positions in hospitals serving rural and underserved communities.

Read the full Press Release.

In the News

Fauci says omicron variant is ‘just raging around the world’, NPR, 12-19-21

Learning Opportunity 

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System: Q&A Session, Tuesday, January 18 from 2 – 3 pm ET

Do you have questions about the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System? Join this live Q&A session. You may also send your questions in advance to with “January 18 Q&A” in the subject line. CMS will update documents on the Ambulances Services Center webpage with answers to common questions from this session.

Register here.


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