NCMS Morning Rounds 6-2-21

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June 2, 2021

NC HealthConnex Deadlines For Some Extended to January 2023

Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 395 (now NCSL 2021-26) into law on May 27, 2021, to allow additional time for providers to connect to the state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex.

As NCMS Morning Rounds readers know, this legislation extends the deadline for connection to NC HealthConnex for certain groups, including psychiatrists until January 2023. For a complete list of those groups, review the new law here. Extending the deadline will allow additional time to complete their technical onboarding process without being out of compliance with the HIE Act.

Thank you again to everyone who responded to our recent survey on whether your practice is connected to the HIE. Your input provided crucial information as legislators considered this bill and gave NCMS staff insights into your challenges and how we can develop resources to respond.

2021 MIPS Quick Reference Guide Now Available

Thanks to NC AHEC, a new quick reference guide is available outlining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) latest changes to the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS).

Access this handy and comprehensive resource here.

Friday’s Power Hour: Health Equity in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

The pandemic dramatically highlighted the depth of health disparities in our country, but illness and death rates are not the only sources of health inequity in this country. There are also substantial differences in the care that patients with serious illnesses receive near the end-of-life that are based on race or socioeconomic status.

Please join your colleagues for this week’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) Power Hour, Friday, June 4 at noon, when our discussion will focus on health equity as it relates to palliative and end-of-life care. Our guests will offer their insights on striving to achieve equal access to palliative and end-of-life care, addressing each patient’s unique psychological, social and spiritual needs as well as pain and symptom management. Health equity issues impact each of these areas and we invite you to explore them with us.

Learn more and register here.

In the News

Spike in COVID-19 cases unlikely after holiday weekend, CDC director says, Becker’s Hospital Review, 5-26-21

Learning Opportunity

2021 NC Dermatology Association Summer Meeting, July 9-11
This educational activity is designed for practicing and academic dermatologists, fellows, residents, and medical students. Expert faculty will present up-to-date methods of evaluation and therapy for dermatologic conditions affecting our patients. The approach to diagnosis of the specific conditions, their treatment and expected outcomes will be emphasized.

Learn more and register here.

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