NCMS Morning Rounds 9-16-21

Happy Thursday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

September 16, 2021

NCMS Medicaid Transformation Page

As a reminder, the NCMS is offering resources and a process to help you make the transition to Medicaid managed care. Visit our Medicaid Transformation page, where you will find a handy list of state and individual health plan resources as well as a special NCMS form to log any specific issues you are encountering.

*Please make sure that your first step is to reach out to the plan itself to log your problem before you share your issue with the NCMS. The NCMS and our partners will give an aggregated list of concerns to health plan representatives to make them aware of widespread issues.*

Reminder: Tomorrow is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

Physicians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. More than half of physicians know a physician who has either considered, attempted or died by suicide in their career.

On behalf of the Physicians Foundation, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation and #FirstRespondersFirst, we invite you to help prevent physician suicide by learning the signs, starting the conversations, understanding the underlying barriers and sharing the resources that can help those in distress seek mental health care.

Join the Physicians Foundation for National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (#NPSADay) on Friday, September 17!

  • Become a Supporting Organization at organizations commit to raising awareness of the physician suicide epidemic and galvanizing physicians, their colleagues and their loved ones to create a culture of wellbeing that prioritizes reducing burnout, safeguarding job satisfaction and viewing seeking mental health services as a sign of strength.
  • Utilize the #NPSADay Toolkit at #NPSADay is a reminder and call to action. It’s a time to talk – and to act – so physicians’ struggles don’t become mental health emergencies. Reach out and engage physicians, their loved ones, their colleagues, health organizations or others in your network to recognize #NPSADay.

If you have any questions regarding the campaign or materials available for your use, please reach out to

In Memorium: Charlie Lee Kennedy, MD

NCMS Life member Charlie Lee Kennedy, MD, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021. He was 88 years old.

Dr. Kennedy served in the United States Air Force from 1951- 1955. He then graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and then Meharry Medical College. He completed his internship at the Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital and Pediatric residency at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest. Upon completion of his residency, he opened up practice in East Winston serving the community for over 40 years. He received numerous awards on the local, state and national levels.

Dr. Kennedy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wille Mae Kennedy; his daughter, Stacy Kennedy; and his son, Douglas Kennedy.

We extend our sincere condolences.

Read the full obituary from the Winston-Salem Journal here.

In the News

Should Covid-19 Vaccines Ditch the Needles? The Potential Pros (and Cons) of Intranasal Vaccines, Advisory Board, 9-13-21

Learning Opportunity

TODAY, Thursday, September 16 | 5:30-6:30 PM

Carrie Brown, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health & IDD, NC Department of Health and Human Services will host the event, which will include presentations on:

  • Quick Updates on Hot Topics
  • Hope4Healers
  • Standard Plan Claims & Taxonomy
  • COVID-19
  • Advanced Medical Home (AMH) vs AMH+
  • Medicaid Managed Care & Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability (BH/IDD) Tailored Plan Overview
  • Tailored Care Management (TCM)
  • Request to Move to TP or NC Medicaid Direct
  • Questions from the Field

Register here.


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