NCMS Morning Rounds 9-14-21

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

September 14, 2021

NCMS Virtual Town Hall Forum

Join your physician and PA colleagues at an NCMS Virtual Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 7 to 8 p.m. Hosted by the NCMS Region 1 representatives on the NCMS Board of Directors, but open to all physicians and PAs statewide, we want to hear from you on the challenges you face in your practice and in maintaining your wellbeing as health care professionals.

You are not alone! Come and share your perspective with your NCMS community. Feel free to bring a physician or PA non-member to this friendly and free virtual NCMS event. Your participation guides us as we develop resources and advocate on your behalf.

Register here.

New Marketing Partner for the NCMS Employee Benefit Plan: Welcome Sentinel Benefit Solutions!

Last week Curi announced a partnership expansion with the firm, Sentinel Risk Advisors, LLC, extending Sentinel’s suite of services to now include Employee Benefits for medical practices and other employers in North Carolina.

Sentinel is the Carolinas’ premier independent risk management and consulting firm who manages and mitigates risk for businesses, organizations, and entities—with specific dedication to health care practices like yours.

Read the full announcement here.

Update on AmeriHealth Caritas EFT Deadline

AmeriHealth Caritas EFT Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 1

AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina uses ECHO Health Inc, a partner of Change Healthcare, for electronic payment processing. There are no fees to receive a direct payment from AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina via EFT or to receive an Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA).

All clinicians must enroll in EFT. To enroll in EFT with ECHO Health, clinicians must have received a payment via ECHO. To support clinicians in registering, AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina is issuing paper checks and providing a direct link to clinicians to enroll in EFT for their AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina payments. Please use the information on the Remittance Advice and the check stub to enroll in EFT. To enroll please visit

Clinicians who are already enrolled in ECHO for payments from other payers may have agreed to an all payor fee. They can choose to get direct payments for AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina with no associated vendor fees by calling ECHO Health at 888-834-3511.

After December 1, clinicians that have not enrolled in EFT will be paid via virtual credit card (VCC). There is a fee charged by the card merchant for VCC payments.

If you have concerns, please contact Peggy Vickery, Interim Director of Provider Network Management, at 843-569-4630 or contact your dedicated ACNC account executive.

In the News

OptumHealth Education Launches Provider LGBTQ Education Program, Becker’s, 9-10-21

Learning Opportunity

Virtual Statewide Quality Forum, OCTOBER 12 | NOON-1:30 PM

The Division of Health Benefits and NC AHEC, in partnership with the five Medicaid managed care health plans, will host a Virtual Statewide Quality Forum to kick off our three Statewide Medicaid Quality Improvement Initiatives. This informative session will cover:

  • DHHS NC Medicaid Managed Care Quality Strategy
  • Statewide Performance Improvement Initiatives for SFY2022
  • Childhood Immunizations
  • Diabetes Control
  • Timeliness of Prenatal Care
  • Health Plan and AHEC Provider Supports
  • Quality Measure Data and Reporting

Register here.


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