NCMS Morning Rounds 4-7-21

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April 7, 2021

NC Medicaid Seeks Comment on Its Managed Care Quality Strategy

NC Medicaid has posted an updated draft of its Managed Care Quality Strategy for public comment. The strategy details the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) goals to improve the health of North Carolinians through an innovative, whole-person centered and well-coordinated system of care and measurement of quality, addressing both medical and non-medical drivers of health. Read the updated draft document here. The Executive Summary is available here.

The updated Quality Strategy now incorporates the quality activities of all managed care plans, including the Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Tribal Option and Community Care of North Carolina.

Comments may be submitted by the May 6, 2021 deadline at this address:

NCDHHS’ Quality Strategy details Medicaid Managed Care aims, goals and objectives for quality management and improvement and details specific quality improvement (QI) initiatives that are priorities for the Department. Learn more at the Quality Management and Improvement webpage.

Celebrate National Public Health Week!

Among the many things the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the attention of the public and policy makers is the importance of public health to keep communities safe and healthy. The American Public Health Association is highlighting that message this week, April 5-11, through National Public Health Week. The 2021 theme is ‘Building Bridges to Better Health.’ Learn more here.

This year’s educational events are being held virtually, with many focusing on inclusion and racial equity as well as fun events like a family trivia night. Visit this link for a comprehensive listing of events nationwide.

This Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, the APHA’s Policy Action Institute will present ‘Building Bridges: Creating Health,’ which will bring together elected officials, policy experts and influential speakers to explore topics like health equity, COVID-19, climate change, the federal health agendas and how to effectively communicate across party lines. Learn more here.

Apply by Friday for Physician Seat on NC Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy

Friday, April 9 is the deadline to apply to fill the physician member seat on the NC Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy. Learn more about this Board here.

The Board, which meets every other month, regulates the practice of massage and bodywork therapy in North Carolina to ensure standards of competency and to protect the public health, safety and welfare. The eight-member Board includes five massage and bodywork therapists, a physician, a member of the general public and someone currently licensed to operate a massage and bodywork therapy establishment.

Board members are charged with determining the qualifications of persons seeking to practice massage and bodywork therapy and authorizing persons who have met the statutory requirements to so practice; and enforcing laws and rules governing massage and bodywork therapy to ensure its safe and ethical practice. Currently there are approximately 9,500-10,000 licensed massage and bodywork therapists in the state.

The NCMS recommends a physician member, who the Governor could officially appoint to the Board. Consideration is given to geographic distribution, practice setting, clinical specialty and other factors that will promote diversity of the profession among Board members.

If you are interested in being considered as the physician member for this Board, please contact NCMS Director of Executive and Board Services Evan Simmons at by this Friday.

In the News

Many Still Hesitate To Get Vaccine, But Reluctance Is Easing, AP News, 4-2-21

Learning Opportunity

Ending The Way It Starts: A Social Cessation Solution For Teens, Wed, April 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.
This webinar will provide a sneak preview into a new social-first, teen-first, vaping-first intervention developed in partnership with Hopelab and UC San Francisco.

Learn more and register here.


If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!


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