NCMS Morning Rounds 7-1-19

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NCMS Morning Rounds for July

July 1, 2019

NCMS Weekly Legislative Update

The NC General Assembly sent its conference report budget to Governor Roy Cooper last week, and as many expected, the Governor announced on Friday morning that he would veto it. This budget does not contain expansion of Medicaid, as the Governor has indicated he wants, among other non-health care provisions the state’s chief executive finds objectionable. Contained in the budget document, however, is a provision that calls for a special legislative session to address issues like Medicaid expansion. When legislators would return, however, remains unknown. Read the NCMS summary of the budget.

While the budget grabbed the headlines, many other health care related bills are making their way toward floor votes to become law. Included among those are:

HB 220 — Insurance Technical Changes While this proposal includes many non-health care related changes, the one that caught our eye was a provision calling for Exclusive Health Benefit Programs or EPOs. This is code for narrow networks and a return to the era when patients had no ability to see a physician or PA outside of the proscribed network and no reimbursement if they did. This bill is making its way through the Senate, where the NCMS is working to eliminate this section.

Check our Legislative blog to see all the bills we’ve been tracking as well as the latest on these proposals, which are progressing:

In addition to the hundreds of other health care bills our legislative team has been tracking, the word is that both the House and Senate will be introducing large health care bills containing a variety of health care provisions possibly including proposals on step therapy, scope of practice, association health plans, oral parity for chemotherapy drugs and CON. These omnibus type bills may be taken up at a special session.

You may also get a legislative update by watching our NCMS Political Pulse video to hear firsthand what is happening from our NCMS legislative team members who are at the General Assembly day in and day out.

QuitlineNC Adds New Service

Last week, QuitlineNC, which offers free tobacco cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use, announced a new protocol for those with behavioral health conditions. The organization will provide seven specialized tobacco treatment calls with quit coaches uniquely trained to work with those with behavioral health disorders as well as 12 weeks of combination nicotine replacement therapy.

Anyone enrolled in a behavioral health protocol can have a letter sent to their health care provider advising them that this person is working to become tobacco free. To access this tailored services, callers need to let the Quit Coach know about their behavioral health disorder and that their disorder will affect their ability to quit tobacco.

To refer patients, send a fax referral form to QuitlineNC and remind them to say ‘yes’ when their Quit Coach asks if their behavioral health condition will affect their ability to quit.

Learn more about the services offered.

NCIOM Calling for Award of Excellence Nominations

The NC Institute of Medicine invites nominations for the 2019 NCIOM Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership. Deadline for submitting a nomination is July 26. Nominees should have a made a significant contribution to health policy in North Carolina.

Submit a nomination here. Please include evidence of how this person has had a positive sustained impact on the health of a community or of the state.

In the News

This is What A Rural Health Care Shortage Looks Like, Becker’s Hospital Review/The Washington Post, 6-24-19

Learning Opportunity

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Conference 2019 will be held Sept. 23-25 in Chicago. This offers an opportunity to join 500 health care professionals to learn about innovations in physician assessment, learning and improvement. The conference brings together those working in continuing certification, education, assessment, quality improvement, patient safety, health care policy, operations, marketing, communications and more. Learn more and register.


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