NCMS Morning Rounds 2-21-20

Hello Friday! Here is your last

 NCMS Morning Rounds for the week.

 Feb. 21, 2020

Culturally and Linguistically Tailored Diabetes Prevention Resources

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an inventory of Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) materials that are culturally and linguistically tailored to 11 diverse communities.

“Racial and ethnic minority populations bear a disproportionate burden and risk of diabetes; however, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through a structured, evidence-based lifestyle intervention,” the introduction to the materials states. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supports a lifestyle change program to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Access these resources.

The NCMS and the American Medical Association are working together to champion diabetes prevention throughout North Carolina by helping physicians connect their patients with a DPP in their area. Learn more about our DiabetesFreeNC efforts.

CMS’ culturally tailored resources were developed through Community-based Participatory Research, which emphasizes inclusion of community members and community-based organizations as equal partners in the development. The groups represented in this set of resources include African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Chinese-Americans and those with mobility impairments.

NC Medicaid Reprocessing Notice

NC Medicaid recently issued an advisory about NC Tracks reprocessing that may impact some NCMS members. Those affected will be officially notified by US certified mail on Feb. 21, but here is some advance information.

Some outpatient and hospice claims that were paid in NCTracks between April 2 and 16, 2017 were incorrectly denied [Explanation of Benefits 57760: Duplicate Outpatient Specialized Therapy Services for DOS], which caused an underpayment. These will be reprocessed as adjustments.

For more information prior to receiving the official notice, contact the NCTracks Call Center at 1-800-688-6696 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state-approved holidays.

REMINDER: NCMS Leadership Nominations Open

You have until May 18 to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the 2020 leadership positions below. Here is the nomination form. This is a meaningful way to serve your profession and the health of North Carolinians!

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

In the News

As SDOH Efforts Take Off, Payers Try to Carve Out Their Role, Healthcare Dive, 2-12-20

Learning Opportunity

The Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) is offering a webinar titled “Registry Diversification: Building Sustainable Disease Registries to Accelerate Research and Improve Lives” on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. In this webinar, Pulse Infoframe CEO and founder Dr. Femida Gwadry-Sridhar will present proven sustainability models, discuss registry governance and provide examples of successful multi-stakeholder registry collaboration. Dr. Gwadry-Sridhar will summarize the capabilities and best practice feature sets of modern registries and will be available to answer your questions. Learn more and register.


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