NCMS Morning Rounds 8-23-19

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 NCMS Morning Rounds.

Aug. 23, 2019

Beware of Recent Scams

On the heels of yesterday’s warning from the NC Medical Board about a scam where callers purporting to be from the Medical Board seek personal information from licensees, we got word from our friends at the Texas Medical Association about fraudulent emails sent to their members.

In both of these instances, the scammers masqueraded as either the NC Medical Board or the Texas Medical Association using what at first glance seemed to be a valid phone number or email address in order to get personal and financial information from members.

While the NCMS often communicates with you via email or phone, if you ever have questions or concerns about an NCMS email or call, please call our office immediately at 919-833-3836 to verify that the communication is legitimate.

Learn more about the NC Medical Board and Texas Medical Association scams.

NCMS’ Project OBOT Featured in Television Report

The NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT was featured in a WECT-TV Wilmington report Wednesday about the project’s collaborative approach to treatment of opioid use disorder. The news report focused primarily on the efforts in Pender and Brunswick counties.

NCMS Vice President for Rural Health Initiatives and the NCMS staffer overseeing Project OBOT Franklin Walker, MBA, was interviewed and quoted in the story.

Project OBOT connects patients, physicians, physician assistants, substance abuse counselors, pharmacies and other community partners to help ensure successful treatment. Everyone involved in a patient’s care is linked via a software platform making exchange of lab results and health data easy. Telemedicine helps to facilitate patient treatment and communication. The initiative also offers a prescription card with which patients can receive 30-50 percent off on medication used to treat opioid use disorder.

Watch the report.

Learn more about Project OBOT.

List Reveals Organizations Interested in Healthy Opportunity Pilots

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has posted on its website a list of organizations that submitted voluntary, non-binding Statements of Interest (SOIs) to serve in the Healthy Opportunities Pilots as a Lead Pilot Entity (LPE). Review the list at this site.

The compiled list of SOIs will serve as a tool to promote community awareness and collaboration among organizations interested in bidding to serve as an LPE and other organizations (healthcare and human services organizations, among others) in its region. NCDHHS encourages you to review the list and reach out to potential LPE applicants with whom you may wish to collaborate. Learn more about this process.

NC DHHS is in the process of developing a request for proposals (RFP) to procure two to four LPEs through a competitive bidding process. The Department anticipates releasing the LPE RFP in fall 2019 and selecting LPEs in early 2020.

The Healthy Opportunities pilots will test the impact of providing selected evidence-based interventions to Medicaid enrollees. Over the next five years, the pilots will provide up to $650 million in Medicaid funding for pilot services in two to four areas of the state that are related to housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety and directly impact the health outcomes and healthcare costs of enrollees.

Get updates on this initiative at the Healthy Opportunities Website and by watching your NCMS Morning Rounds.

In the News

CDC Probes Lung Illnesses Linked to E-cigarette Use, Reuters, 8-18-19

Learning Opportunity

On Thursday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a conference call on the expansion of the Open Payments program around treatment of Substance Use Disorder to include physician assistants and other providers. Open Payments is a national disclosure program that publishes the financial relationships between applicable manufactures and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and physicians and other health care providers. Further information about the Open Payments program and the proposed changes are available on the CMS Open Payments website. This call is intended for the providers impacted by the expanded definition and will provide an opportunity to learn about Open Payments, how the expansion directly affects them, and their role within the Open Payments program. To participate call this number 1-888-455-1397 and enter this Conference ID #: 6609831. Learn more about this and other Open Door Forums.



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