CDC Issues Interim Guidance on Vaping Illness

Thirty-eight states and one U.S. territory have reported more than 500 cases of severe lung illnesses potentially associated with e-cigarette products. Seven related deaths have been confirmed in six states. All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping, with most patients reporting a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. The […]


First Phase of Repairs are Now Complete on the Medicaid Enrollment Broker Directory

NC DHHS announced earlier this week that the first round of updates to Medicaid’s Enrollment Broker Provider Directory are now in place. The directory’s search function now returns only primary care providers and helps searchers more easily locate primary care physicians by their location, business, or organization name as listed in NCTracks. Additional improvements are […]


Bringing CME to You – Recent Wilmington CME Event is Another Success

Last week’s regional CME dinner opportunity proved to be another success when approximately 30 Wilmington-area members participated in the NCAFP’s new 30 Minute Exchanges | Exploring Hot Topics CME format. Hosted in Wrightsville Beach, the program featured a light reception, a terrific three-course dinner, and 1.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits. In addition to a brief NCAFP […]


DHHS is Reprocessing 2019 Medicaid E&M Claims Due to CMS Rate Change

Primary care physicians serving Medicaid with E&M codes ranging from 99201 to 99499 as defined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are now being paid at an increased rate. CMS approved the rate increase effective Jan. 1st, 2019, thanks to the advocacy efforts of the NCAFP and the NC Pediatric Society. NC DHHS is re-processing […]


Three Cases of Severe Acute Pulmonary Illness Reported Across NC by People Vaping

The NC Division of Public Health alerted clinicians last week about recent reports of severe pulmonary illness following vaping. Three cases have been identified in North Carolina that are similar to those reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Minnesota. Patients have presented with respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath that worsen over a […]


NY Times Article Discusses North Carolina’s Move to Value-Based Care

Ardmore Family Practice in Winston Salem provided the backdrop for recent coverage in the New York Times about North Carolina’s move towards value-based care. Times reporter Steve Lohr visited the state in early summer to gather background and interview several people quoted in the article. Ardmore Family Practice physicians Drs. Robert Rosen and Amy Sapp […]


ALERT: Scam Artists are Posing as the NC Medical Board and Seeking Personal Data

Telephone scammers are getting more sophisticated. Recently the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) learned that scammers are spoofing the Board’s main telephone number to make their calls appear legitimate. Scammers typically threaten loss of the target’s professional license if personal or financial information is not provided. Be advised: • NCMB does NOT contact licensees by […]


NCAFP Hosts Southeast Family Medicine Forum with Leaders from Twelve AAFP Chapters

Leaders and chapter executives from twelve AAFP chapters across the southeast converged in Asheville last weekend for two days of policy, advocacy and issues conversations. More than 75 attendees heard presentations on topics such as private equity in Family Medicine, addressing the social determinants, the move to value-based care, as well as health policy and […]


ABFM’s Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot to Expand in 2020

Building on a successful initial pilot year of its Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA), the ABFM recently announced that the pilot will be expanded in 2020. Family physicians who are currently certified and have their 10-year examination requirement due before December 31, 2020, will have the option to begin participating in the first quarter […]