NCMS Morning Rounds 2-25-20

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 Feb. 25, 2020

NC Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

NC Medicaid offers an Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program that can help physicians qualify for incentive funds for a practice’s EHR. The program is called NC-MIPS, like the federal Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and is currently accepting 2019 ‘meaningful use’ (MU) attestations.

The program began in 2011 and will end in 2021. Eligible professionals may receive up to $63,750 in incentive payments over six years of participation in the program. Physicians may no longer receive the first year payment of $21,250, but each subsequent payment is $8,500. Participation years do not need to be consecutive. Learn more at the NC MIPS webpage.

You have until April 30, 2020, to submit a complete and accurate attestation for program year 2019.

To participate you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Have a 2015 Edition of certified EHR technology (CEHRT).
    2. Meet the required Medicaid patient volume (PV) threshold of 30 percent, pediatricians may qualify for a reduced payment with 20 percent Medicaid PV.
    3. Meet MU and clinical quality measures (CQM) requirements. In Program Year 2019, eligible professionals will be attesting to Stage 3 MU and 2019 CQMs.

Get all the eligibility details on the NC Medicaid EHR Incentive program website.

Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in regions across the state offer free on-site assistance on the attestation process. Learn more. If you need more information or help, contact the help desk at between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Excelling as a Leader Can Be an Antidote to Burnout

Professional satisfaction and a strong sense of purpose may be strong antidotes for burnout among physicians and PAs, according the AMA’s Burnout Management Tip of the Week. They have found that physician leaders often are better equipped to manage stress and rediscover joy in medicine. Learn more in this 26-minute podcast featuring Brooke M. Buckley, M.D., FACS, as she talks about setting a course for personal and professional satisfaction, excelling as a leader and mentor and learning from failure. Listen now.

If you are interested in developing your leadership skills, please consider the NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership. A variety of tracks help you become more knowledgeable about your individual leadership style and how to be an authentic leader driven by passion and purpose in your career. The Institute’s Leadership College and Health Care Leadership and Management (HCLM) courses are now accepting applications for 2021. Learn more.

Does Your Practice Administrator Deserve an Award?

The NC Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) is accepting nominations for its Administrator of the Year Award until March 6. The award recognizes a health care administrator who exhibits “exceptional leadership management proficiency and enhanced the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in his/her practice and community through recent, noteworthy achievements.”

The coveted award will be presented at the NCMGMA’s Annual Conference to be held May 13-25 at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes. Learn more about the criteria and download the application.

In the News

How 4 Nations Provide Universal Health Care — in Very Different Ways, The Advisory Board Forum/VOX, 2-21-20.

Learning Opportunity

Join NC AHEC tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 12:30 p.m. for a Lunch and Learn webinar on ‘Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care.’ Many patients come to primary care seeking relief for physical symptoms that are related to behavioral health (mental health and/or substance abuse related issues). Physicians and PAs seeking to integrate primary care and behavioral health often have questions about effective integration models and efficient utilization of behavioral health staff at their practice. This presentation will explore common questions surrounding behavioral health integration in primary care and examples of integration models. Learn more and register.


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