NCMS Morning Rounds 8-16-19

Happy Friday! Enjoy

Morning Rounds.

Aug. 16, 2019

Clarification: For those caring for State Health Plan
members, if you want to rescind your participation in the new State Health
Plan network and revert to the Blue Options network
, please send an email
indicating you would like to rescind your participation and attach the
signature page you previously submitted to
For more information, please consult the North
Carolina State Health Plan Network webpage.

More NCMS Disaster
Relief for Eastern NC Practices

Another $32,500 in NCMS Disaster Relief funds have been distributed to
practices in Wilmington over the last week as recovery from the lingering
impact of Hurricane Florence continues. The NCMS Disaster Relief program has
thus far given more than $310,000 in grants to medical practices in areas
hardest hit by last fall’s storm. Grants have ranged from $2,500 to $60,000 and
have covered facility repairs as well as lost revenue when a practice was
closed due to storm damage, loss of electricity and/or water.

NCMS Director of Member Services for eastern NC Frank Snyder,
visited three Wilmington practices recently and was pleased to present:

Delaney Radiology with a check for $12,500;
Coastal Children’s Services with a check for $12,500; and
Hoke Pollock, MD, of Hanover Pediatrics with a check for

Help is still available if your practice is in need of disaster relief or you know of a colleague who is in need of such support. Review the guidelines and apply. Please contact NCMS Vice President for Advancement and Donor Relations Pam Highsmith with questions by email ( or phone at 919-833-3836 x122.

“It is gratifying to help these practices recover so they can continue to
provide crucial care in their communities,” said Gerri L. Mattson, MD,
, president of the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees.
“Ensuring access to health care is at the very core of the NCMS Foundation’s
mission. Please help us spread the word about our Disaster Relief Fund and the
work of our Foundation!”

Please Share Your
Thoughts — We Value Your Input

As we work to make NCMS events as valuable to you as possible, we’d like to know more about your thought process when deciding whether to attend our LEAD Health Care Conference this October. Please take just a minute – truly, that is all it will take – to respond to four questions about professional conferences. Thank you!

Take the quick survey.

New Medicare Card
Effective Jan. 1

Be sure you protect your Medicare patients’ identities by using the Medicare
Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) now. You must use the MBI starting Jan. 1, 2020 or
Medicare will reject any claims you submit using the old Health Insurance Claim
Number, with a few exceptions.

If your patients did not get a new Medicare card with their MBI, you can:

  • Provide them with this information flyer in English or Spanish.
  • Use your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s look up tool. Sign up for the Portal to use the tool.
  • Check the remittance advice. Medicare will return the MBI on the remittance advice for every claim with a valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number.

In the News

Doctors Can change Opioid Prescribing Habits, But Progress Comes in Small Doses, Kaiser Health News, 8-14-19


The NCMS Foundation Lunch & Learn Webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. will feature Dawn Wilson, PharmD, GSK Vaccines Medical Science Liaison who will give an ‘Overview of Hepatitis A.’ This free webinar is presented in partnership with the NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the NC Medical Group Management Association, and will provide you with a greater understanding of Hepatitis A, including recommendations on vaccinations for disease prevention. Learn more and register.


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