NCMS Morning Rounds 6-18-19

Here’s Your Tuesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

 June 18, 2019

NCMS Delivers Statement on State Health Plan to Treasurer

For more than a year, as NC State Treasurer Dale Folwell has pushed a reference-based payment plan for the State Health Plan — now referred to as the Clear Pricing Project — NCMS senior staff and leadership have held numerous meetings with Folwell’s staff to discuss the best options to ensure solvency of the plan and access to the most cost-effective care for plan members. Last week, Treasurer Folwell requested a meeting with the NCMS Board of Directors to discuss his Clear Pricing Project.

NCMS Board members quickly came together for this unscheduled meeting to discuss the issues with Folwell. The Board is well-versed in the matter, having addressed it in depth at several regular Board meetings this year. At the conclusion of last week’s meeting with Folwell, the Treasurer asked the Board to endorse the Clear Pricing Project. In response to this request, the Board members formalized their position statement outlining the NCMS’ stance on addressing current and future challenges with the State Health Plan. NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA hand-delivered the position statement to the Treasurer yesterday afternoon.

Read the statement.

Mourning the Loss of Charles Van der Horst, MD

We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Charles Van der Horst, MD, last week. Dr. Van der Horst, 67, was a prominent researcher, compassionate physician and social activist. He was known and admired for standing by his convictions and taking action on what he felt was right, especially as it related to the health and welfare of his patients as well as the larger community.

As Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Van der Horst worked on the front lines of the HIV epidemic, both in the US and Africa. He made important contributions to research that made HIV/AIDS a preventable and treatable disease. After he retired in 2015, he volunteered at the Open Door free clinic in Raleigh, creating a program to offer treatment for Hepatitis C for the medically vulnerable. He was highly involved with progressive causes and became a prominent member of the Moral Monday Movement.

Dr. Van der Horst was an avid athlete running marathons, triathalons and marathon open water swims. He died Friday, June 14, at the end of a marathon swim in the Hudson River of an apparent cardiac event.

Read the entire obituary from the Raleigh News & Observer.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family during this difficult time.

NCCHCA Leader To Become NC DHHS Deputy Secretary

North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) CEO and President Ben Money recently accepted the position of Deputy Secretary for Health Services with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The NCCHCA is a partner with the NCMS in Carolina Complete Health along with Centene Corporation. Carolina Complete Health is one of the companies the state selected to provide Medicaid services as North Carolina transforms its Medicaid program to managed care.

Money has been with NCCHCA for 18 years, the last 10 as its president and CEO, which he described as ‘the best job I ever had.’

Money will remain at NCCHCA through mid-July and will work with it Board of Directors to ensure a smooth leadership transition. In his new role as Deputy Secretary of Health Services, he will be responsible for the Division of Public Health, Office of Rural Health, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities and the Division of Health Service Regulation.

In the News

A Year After Spinal Surgery, A $94,000 Bill Feels Like a Backbreaker, NPR, 6-17-19

Learning Opportunity

Becker’s Hospital Review is offering a webinar today, Tuesday, June 18 from noon to 1 p.m. on ‘Understanding and challenging the growing opioid epidemic through care collaboration.’ Addressing the growing opioid crisis starts with understanding the addiction behind substance use disorder, and addressing all aspects affecting the disorder. Anne Zink, MD, will share how Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Alaska leveraged provider education, state guidelines, data sharing technology and community partnerships to reduce prescription opioid scripts 79.36 percent and improve patient care. Learn more and register.


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