Update on 3% Medicaid recoupment

April 16, 2015

We have received further information regarding the 3% Medicaid rate cut as it applies retroactively to payments for dates of service going back to 1/1/2014.

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SGR Repeal Passes Senate

April 16, 2015

In a historic decision Tuesday night, the Senate voted to pass H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act”, which permanently repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

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Public Health Alert: April has been Designated "Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month"

April 6, 2015

Please see the attached memos for important information about Vector-borne illnesses from NC DHHS. April has been designated “Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month”.

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Health Advisory - Ocular Syphilis Infections

March 23, 2015

Since December 2014, clusters of ocular syphilis cases have been reported in King County, Washington and several Counties in California. Several of these cases have resulted in severe illness including permanent decline in visual acuity and blindness.

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Vote for Dr. Ed Diez for NC Doctor of the Year

March 16, 2015

Attention Western Carolina Medical Society Members!

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Unusual Flu Presentation

March 13, 2015

From the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health

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From NCMS: STOP the 14 month retroactive taking of payments from Medicaid's doctors

February 24, 2015

In 2013, the NC General Assembly included a 3% “withhold” for all Medicaid services with the intention of using that money as the foundation of a shared-savings program with providers.

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458,676 people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

January 22, 2015

In North Carolina, 458,676 people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. US Department of Health and Human Services encourages consumers to sign up before Open Enrollment ends on Feb. 15.

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2014 Mid-Term Election Results

November 5, 2014

The 2014 mid-term elections have come and gone.  What does that mean for Western North Carolina?

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Wilmington Health: Health Care Reform “In the Trenches”

October 22, 2014

Governor McCrory and Secretary of the NC DHHS Aldona Wos visited Wilmington Health last summer as part of their statewide tour of accountable care organizations (ACOs).  A physician-owned, multispecialty group practice with more than 160 providers, Wilmington Health was able to show and tell the visiting dignitaries just how they have been able to improve quality of care, reduce costs and provide excellent patient experiences.

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Remember to Vote!

October 10, 2014

Do you know all the races where you are eligible to vote?  Do you know about all or even many of the candidates who are running?

If you don't have good answers to those questions, go to the Board of Elections website.

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North Carolina ACOs Rank in Top 15 Percent Nationally for Quality of Care

October 9, 2014

Four of the six participating ACOs in North Carolina ranked in the top 15 percent in quality of care for their patients. The North Carolina General Assembly has been considering the merits of the accountable care model to reform the state’s Medicaid system. The issue no doubt will be a topic of hot debate when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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EMR Partnership to Connect Patient Records across the Carolinas

September 26, 2014

Two North Carolina health information exchanges (HIEs), Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect and Mission Health Connect, have agreed to securely share health records of patients across the Carolinas.

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Alert for Providers: Memo on Enterovirus D68

September 19, 2014

With the start of the school year and the approach of fall, we do expect to see increases in visits to health care providers for a wide variety of respiratory illnesses, including influenza. Providers should be aware of EV-D68 as one of many causes of respiratory illness.

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Alert from Buncombe County Dept. of Health: Severe respiratory illness from Enterovirus-68

September 8, 2014

Read this alert from Dr. Jennifer Mullendore with the Buncombe County Department of Health.

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