NCMS Morning Rounds 2-17-20

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 Feb. 17, 2020

NCMS Legislative Update

Last week the NC Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for Health and Human Services and Medicaid met to receive updates from NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) senior staff.

The first half of the day the committee members heard the latest on the state’s preparations for any coronavirus or Covid-19 cases that might appear; newborn screening and Certificate of Need. Discussion of these topics was limited as time was short, but the issues will most likely come up again in future meetings.

The afternoon session focused on the status of state’s transformation to Medicaid managed care. Due to a stalemate between legislators and the Governor over adoption of a new state budget that would include funding to move forward with the transformation, the move to managed care has been suspended indefinitely.

Committee members expressed dismay over the suspension and asked pointed questions about the costs of the delay to physician practices as well as the health plans that received state contracts to provide Medicaid services. NCDHHS officials didn’t offer any numbers, but did describe their efforts to continue as much work as possible on the transition within the department and with the health plans during this pause.

NCDHHS officials noted that North Carolina has one of the highest physician and PA Medicaid participation rates in the nation, and they hope to retain that.
Read more about the meeting in last Wednesday’s NCMS Morning Rounds and on our legislative blog, including viewing the NCDHHS officials’ slides used during the committee meeting.

REMINDER: Early voting is underway until Feb. 29. Be sure to make a plan to go to the polls and cast your ballot in these important races. Review who is on your ballot. See where and when you can vote at the early voting polling spots in your county.

INVITATION: During this brief gap between the legislative long and upcoming short sessions, NCMS government affairs staff is traveling throughout the state to speak to physician and PA groups about our legislative priorities, the upcoming elections and what to expect in the upcoming session. If you would like to invite them to speak to your group, please contact NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Sue Ann Forrest, MPA, at or 919-833-3836.

NCMS Leadership Nominations Open

Interested in serving your profession in a meaningful way? Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the 2020 leadership positions below. Here is the nomination form. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 18, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by the NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, with the final ballot being put to a vote of the entire NCMS membership later this year. Review descriptions of what is required of each position.

Board of Directors (Term runs from the NCMS’ Annual Meeting 2020, which will be held Oct. 15-16, to the Annual Meeting 2021):
• Secretary Treasurer: Incumbent (John J. Meier, IV, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Region 3 Representative: Open
• Region 4 Representative: Incumbent (Rachel D. Keever, MD) is eligible for reelection
• At-Large Member: Incumbent (Eileen M. Raynor, MD) is eligible for reelection
• At-Large Member: Open

NC AMA Delegation (Four delegate openings to serve January 2021 to December 2022)
• Incumbent (G. Hadley Callaway, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (William E. Bowman, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (Darlyne Menscer, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (Liana Puscas, MD) is eligible for reelection

Alternate AMA Delegate (One delegate opening to serve January 2021 to December 2022)
• Incumbent (E. Rebecca Hayes, MD) is eligible for reelection

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (Term runs from Annual Meeting 2020 to Annual Meeting 2022)
Region 1 (represents the eastern third of the state)
• Two open seats
Region 2 (represents 21 counties encompassing the Triangle and Triad)
• Incumbent (Justin Hurie, MD) eligible for reelection
Region 4 (represents the western third of the state)
• Incumbent (Gregory Evans, MD) eligible for reelection

NC HealthConnex News

A new national survey has revealed that Health Information Exchanges (HIE) nationwide have significant interoperability with community and social service organizations. A collaborative of HIEs across the country demonstrated through its first annual survey the depth and breadth of health information being shared. At the recent Office of National Coordinator Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) reported robust connections with community and social service organizations and the movement of significant volumes of data by more than 50 regional and state HIEs.

According to the survey, nearly all responding HIEs have partnered with one or more of the following communities and social service organizations: correctional health, social service agencies, drug and alcohol treatment programs, first responders, school nurses or blood banks. The responding SHIEC HIEs are exchanging 3.3 billion messages annually and delivering 453 million alerts of admissions, discharges and transfers (ADTs) to HIE participants to improve coordination of care, including nationwide HIE to HIE alerts through the Patient Centered Data Home™ (PCDH) initiative.

“In North Carolina we are proud to be a part of the HIE fabric that is knitting connected communities of care across the nation and bringing much-needed health information to providers across a patient’s care continuum,” said Christie Burris, executive director for the NC HIEA.

Learn more about the results of this survey and what is new at the NC HIE, NC HealthConnex.

In the News

Three Surprise Billing Proposals Compared Side by Side, Healthcare Dive, 2-13-20

Learning Opportunity

The North Carolina Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (NCAAIS) Annual Meeting and Educational Conference will be held April 17-19 at The Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. The program has been developed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and researchers in private practice and in academic medicine. Education will take place through didactic lectures, case presentations and question/answer sessions. There are no prerequisites. Learn more and register. Make your hotel reservations here.


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