NCMS Morning Rounds 8-14-19

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 NCMS Morning Rounds.

Aug. 14, 2019

NC Receives $5.6 Million to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

Last week the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $400 million nationwide to combat the opioid crisis. The grants will expand “access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services” in community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions. The Department also made workforce investments to support clinicians in offering integrated behavioral health care and treatment services in underserved communities.

North Carolina received awards totaling $5.6 million to support 34 health centers throughout the state. Review the list of those recipients.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar emphasized that “health centers and behavioral health providers are on the front lines of the fight against the opioid crisis and substance abuse, especially in rural communities,” adding that with HHS evidence-based strategy, “HHS is working to support local communities in fighting back against substance abuse, and our united efforts are yielding results.”

Read the HHS press release to learn more about these awards.

NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Gearing Up

NC MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy program providing access to prescription medications, patient support, advocacy and related services to poor, vulnerable and uninsured North Carolina residents, is gearing up for free pharmacy events across the state this fall.

In Wake County, a mobile free pharmacy will be held on Sept. 13. Review a list of all NC MedAssist events across the state so you can refer patients and even volunteer yourself.

The Free Pharmacy program provides free prescription medication to North Carolina residents who are low-income, uninsured and fall at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This statewide program helps those who do not have the means to obtain lifesaving prescription medication to treat common diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.

Learn more about NC MedAssist.

Congratulations to Dr. Keever!

Longtime NCMS leader, Rachel D. Keever, MD, FACC, joined Carolina Complete Health Network (CCHN) this week as its Chief Medical Officer. CCHN is a first-of-its-kind partnership—a collaboration between the NCMS, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association, and Centene Corporation—to deliver a patient-focused approach to Medicaid in North Carolina. Carolina Complete Health was selected by the state to provide Medicaid managed care services to Medicaid beneficiaries in regions 3 and 5, which includes much of the southern portion of the state from Cleveland County to the coast (see the region map). Medicaid services are slated to roll out in these regions beginning in February 2020.

Dr. Keever is a Cardiovascular Disease (Cardiology) physician practicing in western North Carolina. She graduated from the UNC School of Medicine where she received her MD degree, was a clinical fellow in the UNC Division of Cardiology and a resident in the UNC Hospitals combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program. Dr. Keever also was awarded Certified Physician Executive (CPE) status in 2016.

Dr. Keever is a longtime county and state medical society champion and leader. She serves on both the NCMS and NCMS Foundation Boards and previously chaired the NCMSPAC Board. She one of a handful of physicians who has completed two of the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s programs: NCMS Leadership College in 2012 and Health Care Leadership and Management (HCLM) in 2016. Currently, Dr. Keever co-chairs the HCLM program.

Congratulations Dr. Keever on this latest leadership position!

In the News

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Learning Opportunity

Don’t forget to register for the next NC Population Health Collaborative meeting to be held in conjunction with the CHESS Move to Value Summit, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. The theme for this meeting will be “Connecting Health to Health Care – Elevating Community Connections.” Learn more and register.




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