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BCHHS Public Health Provider Reminder: Reporting suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to BCHHS

January 4, 2021

As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department.

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Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law Final Rules

December 7, 2020

The AMA submitted comments on both the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) proposed rule and the Stark Law proposed rule in December 2019. While American Medical Association (AMA) staff is still analyzing the final rules, they have already prepared a topline summary of key issues, which is attached.

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Take action: Tell Congress to support H.R. 8702

December 7, 2020

As physicians continue to battle the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing they should have to worry about is cuts to their Medicare payments. Unfortunately, without Congressional action before January 1, 2021, that nightmare scenario will become reality.

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Update: NC’s Move to Medicaid Managed Care

November 19, 2020

NC Medicaid recently published an update on the state’s move to Managed Care for physicians and PAs serving Medicaid patients.

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Trump Administration released 3 rules of interest to physicians

October 30, 2020

Here are brief summaries. 

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Crush the Crisis- Opioid Take Back Day

October 12, 2020

Mission Health is participating with this year’s National Take Back Day on 10/24/20 by hosting “Crush the Crisis” events: drive-through collection sites at all of our regional hospitals for the community to anonymously drop off unused and expired medication for proper disposal. Mission Hospital’s flyer shares details about each regional event and items that can be accepted.

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New Poll Shows Increasing Support for Closing NC’s Coverage Gap

September 11, 2020

The results of a new poll released this week reveal growing support across party lines for closing North Carolina’s health care coverage gap.

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Advocates call for Medicaid expansion as NC unemployment increases health insurance gap

September 8, 2020

A coalition of organizations from across the state held a virtual forum Sept. 2 calling for Medicaid expansion as North Carolinians grapple with a loss of health care coverage due to unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tens of thousands of state residents have fallen into the "coverage gap" due to COVID-19, worsening an already concerning issue, according to Care4Carolina, a group advocating for affordable health care in the state.

The gap includes those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to get help through the private insurance marketplace.

North Carolina is among 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Prior to COVID-19, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if it did, more than 400,000 residents would gain health insurance. Care4Carolina says about 178,000 more North Carolinians are living in the gap since COVID-19 hit.

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2016 performance scores are now available in the Physician Compare Downloadable Database

June 4, 2018

Your 2016 performance scores are now available for download via Data.Medicare.gov. The Physician Compare Downloadable Database is a resource intended for clinicians and group representatives as well as third-party data users to provide useful information about clinicians and groups currently enrolled in Medicare.

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Retired Physician Shares Article he Wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program

April 11, 2018

Dr. Robert Kline has shared an article with the Western Carolina Medical Society that he wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Kline eagerly wanted to share with his colleagues from WNC. 

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CMS Briefing on The New Medicare Card

February 23, 2018

The AMA arranged for a CMS briefing on the new Medicare card  that took place on February 21st from 3-4pm eastern time.  The new Medicare card is a result of MACRA's requirement that CMS issue Medicare cards that do not display Social Security Numbers to address the risk of beneficiary identity theft.  New Medicare cards will be issued beginning in April 2018 and physician offices must be prepared to accept the new Medicare identification number at that time. 

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Webinar

February 9, 2018

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced the administration’s first new Medicare alternative payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).  This voluntary model includes 29 inpatient and 3 outpatient clinical episodes.  Please join AMA Board Chair Dr. Gerald Harmon on Monday evening, Feb. 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Central time, for a free webinar on the model.  The webinar, designed for physicians and focusing on the clinical aspects of the model, will be presented by CMMI’s Dr. Steven Farmer, who is a cardiologist, senior advisor and medical officer.  Dr. Farmer will also respond to questions from webinar participants.  The webinar comes at a key time, two weeks before applications to participate in the model will be due.

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CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy Updates to Provide New Benefits for Enrollees, New Protections to Combat Opioid Crisis

February 2, 2018

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for the Medicare health and drug programs in 2019 that increase flexibility in Medicare Advantage that will allow more options and new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, meeting their unique health needs and improving their quality of life.

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BPCI Advanced Message

February 2, 2018

The US Department of Health and Human Services is introducing the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI Advanced) Model designed to better support healthcare providers who invest in practice innovation, care redesign, and enhanced care coordination. The CMS Innovation Center has launched the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement and this bundled payment model qualifies as an Alternative Payment Mode (Advanced APM) under the Quality Payment Program.

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Indiana Medicaid Drops 25K From Coverage For Failing To Pay Premiums

February 2, 2018

As the Trump administration moves to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid, advocates for the poor are keeping a close eye on Indiana to see whether such conservative ideas improve or harm care.

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