NCMS Morning Rounds 6-29-21

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

June 29, 2021


Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership Now Accepting Applications

The NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) is now accepting applications for its 2022 classes of scholars for its Leadership College and Health Care Leadership and Management programs. The application deadline is June 30.

If you would like to learn more about these programs, please submit an interest form (see below) or email Aubrey Cuthbertson at

Submit a Leadership College interest form here.

Submit a Health Care Leadership and Management interest form here.

Learn more about the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership and all its programs.

Getting Ready for Medicaid Managed Care

With less than a week before the state ‘goes live’ with Medicaid managed care next Thursday, July 1, the NCMS and our partners and other stakeholders are working to make this an easier transition for you and your practice. The NCMS has compiled a helpful list of resources on our Medicaid Transformation page with links to all of the plans and the information they are sharing with Medicaid providers. View the NCMS Medicaid Transformation page.

As with any major change, there are sure to be things that do not go according to plan, and the NCMS and our partners have developed a process we hope will help our members deal with this momentous shift in how services will be delivered to patients covered by Medicaid. We have created a special form where you can log your issues with us. The purpose is to aggregate common complaints so we can communicate with the state and our contacts at each health plan what many members are experiencing. If issues occur, please reach out to the plan first to share your experience. If the issue persists, then you can complete our Medicaid Transformation Issues form.

Stay tuned to your NCMS Morning Rounds and your email for updates on the process to log your issues with us and how we will work to resolve them.

If you have questions that can’t be answered via the plan or the resources on our page, please email us here.

Work History Gap Explanation Required With Initial and Re-enrollment Applications

As part of the previously announced change to the NCTracks system regarding new information required on individual provider applications, providers are required to submit a written explanation for any gap of six months or more in their work history when completing an Initial or Re-enrollment Application.

When a provider enters their work history on an Initial or Re-enrollment Application and there is a gap of six months or more between any jobs, the provider must write, sign* and date an explanation of the gap in work history and then upload the document to the Upload Documents page in the application. This only needs to be submitted once for an enrolling provider; it will not be required for Re-verification Applications (unless there is a new gap of six months or more since a previous Initial or Re-enrollment Application).

*Note: Faxed, digital, electronic, scanned or photocopied signatures are acceptable, but signature stamps are NOT permitted.

In the News

Imperfection in a Field of Perfection: Why Some Physicians Don’t Get Mental Health Treatment, Becker’s Hospital Review, 6-24-21

Learning Opportunity

Integrating Organizational Actions Toward Patient Safety and Clinician Well-Being, July 15, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT

In the dynamic and stressful environment of health care, leadership training hasn’t always incorporated rapid technology advancement and how to lead teams through those changes. Understanding the lag of human cognitive adaptation behind technological advances can be key in mitigating risk associated with medical error, and understanding basic human factors can help leaders and clinical teams connect and advance patient safety together. During this webinar, you will hear about a framework to build on traditional safety models, integrated with consideration for human factors affecting outcomes in patient safety as well as the well-being of those taking care of the patients.

Register here.


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