NCMS Morning Rounds 8-5-21

Happy Thursday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

August 5, 2021

NC Commission for the Blind Call for Nominees

The NCMS has an opportunity to appoint a new member to the NC Commission for the Blind. This appointment will fill an unexpired term of 7/1/19 – 6/30/22. Learn more about responsibilities of the NC Commission for the Blind here.

The commission serves in an advisory capacity on issues relating to services for persons with disabilities, especially independent living programs and services. The council also develops and submits a state plan to monitor, review and evaluate such issues and programs.

Physicians interested in the NC Commission for the Blind position should complete the application form and return it to Evan Simmons,, by Tuesday, August 17.

NC Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Program Year 2021 is the last year eligible professionals (EP) may participate in the NC Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

The North Carolina Medicaid Incentive Payment System (NC-MIPS) is now accepting Program Year 2021 attestations. Unlike in past program years, all Program Year 2021 attestations must be submitted through NC-MIPS by Oct. 31, 2021.

Program staff will review the EP’s attestation, and conduct outreach if needed, if the required documentation is received via email by Aug. 31, 2021. EPs should plan to attest for Program Year 2021 as soon as possible to ensure timely processing and payment. No Program Year 2021 attestations will be accepted after Oct. 31, 2021.

Read full announcement here.

In Memorium: John Worth Foust, MD

NCMS Past President John Worth Foust, MD, passed away on Tuesday, July 20. He was 90 years old.

Dr. Foust was born on November 17, 1930 in Lexington, NC. He grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1948. He attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and was accepted into its Medical School after three years, receiving his undergraduate degree after his freshman year in 1952.

Dr. Foust graduated from Medical School in 1955 and continued for another two years of initial postgraduate residency work in surgery specializing in Otolaryngology (ENT). Because he had been deferred for military service while in medical school during the Korean War, he was required to serve two years in the military. He was assigned to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines as chief of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Foust was active in the community serving on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Chamber of Commerce. In 1985, he was elected President of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Dr. Foust is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ann Barber Maynard Foust along with his three sons and one daughter, three stepdaughters, and 11 grandchildren.

Read the full obituary from The Charlotte Observer here.

We extend our sincere condolences.

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Learning Opportunity

Virtual Meet & Greet for Personal Care Services Providers with Carolina Complete Health! Friday, August 13, noon to 1 PM

Carolina Complete Health Network (CCHN) is hosting a virtual orientation and meet and greet for Personal Care Services (PCS) providers. Carolina Complete Health Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will be present to review important updates around the new processes for requesting PCS services, assessments, etc. Information will also be available from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Vendor HHA eXchange, plus time for open discussion/Q&A.

This session will review:
How to request PCS services
Transition of Care
The process for assessments, renewals, and claims
…plus time for open forum and Q&A!

Register in Advance here.


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