DHHS Expands Medicaid Coverage Policy to Include Blood Testing for Allergies

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently expanded its coverage policy on allergy blood testing for the Medicaid population. The updated policy streamlines its allergen testing policies, specifically, ‘to cover “specific IgE in vitro tests for inhalant allergens (pollens, molds, dust mites, and animal dander), foods, insect stings, and drugs.”


AAFP Participates in National Coalition Calling for Prior Authorization Reform

The AAFP is a key member of a national coalition of medical organizations calling for reform of prior authorization and utilization management requirements. The coalition released a series of 21 principles in late January aimed at reforming prior authorization and called on health insurers, benefits managers and others to take appropriate action. The coalition includes […]


State Drops Plan for 1% Medicaid Rate Cut

A plan to cut Medicaid provider rates by 1% approved by the state Legislature in 2014 for fiscal year 2015 and beyond has been cancelled, according to the NC Medicaid program. The NCAFP, along with the NC Pediatric Society and the NC Medical Society, all opposed the cut and communicated its concerns directly to Medicaid […]


Medical Students and Residents: Apply to the AAFP Foundation’s Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leaders Institute by March 1st

March 1st is the deadline to apply to the AAFP Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Institute, a year-long leadership development program focusing on ensuring the future of the family medicine specialty by increasing the number of future family medicine leaders and providing training for this important role. Residents in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year, and medical […]


Start Your Engines: Legislators have Returned to Raleigh to Begin Legislative Process

The NC Legislature’s biennium budgetary session ramped-up yesterday, with legislators returning to Raleigh to begin the official legislative process. Connected with their return was the release of rosters of important healthcare-related legislative committees in the House and Senate. As reported in the last edition of NCAFPNotes, the NCAFP is being represented at the General Assembly […]


NC Medical Society Announces Plan for New Medicaid Managed Care Plan

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has announced its intent to create a new Medicaid managed care plan to offer “…a model of care that is patient-focused, physician-led, value-based and home grown..” Known as Carolina Complete Health, NCMS is collaborating with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association and the Centene Corporation to establish, organize […]