State Healthcare Issues are Focus of Spectrum News’ InFocus Hometown Debate Series

Spectrum News’ Loretta Boniti is serving as the moderator of a multi-part series on state health care issues. The segments are airing on Spectrum News and are being sponsored by the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), a non-partisan organization that educates future political and community leaders. The four-segment series has discussed topics such […]


New State Law Requires Licensed Physicians to Report Certain Misconduct

The N.C. General Assembly recently passed House Bill 228, an Act to Modernize the N.C. Medical Board (NCMB). The Act includes several provisions that affect licensed medical professionals, including a new legal obligation to report certain misconduct by any individual licensed by NCMB. This new “duty to report” provision (N.C. Gen. Stat. §90-5.4) went into […]


Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment Expands Statewide

Statewide open enrollment for Medicaid Managed Care began earlier this week, and most Medicaid patients can now choose both a managed care pre-paid health plan (PHP) and a primary care physician. All NCAFP family physician members/practices are being urged to communicate with their Medicaid patients about enrolling, including what plans they are participating with and […]


NCAFP Reiterates AAFP Position on Administration’s Executive Order on Medicare

The NCAFP supports AAFP’s strong statement on the Trump Administration’s Executive Order: “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors,” praising three positive aspects of the order but opposing those areas that are contrary to AAFP policy. In the letter to the Administration on behalf of family medicine, AAFP Board Chair John S. Cullen, MD, […]


More News About Medicaid Enrollment Broker Provider Directory

Effective Wednesday (10/2/2019), Medicaid Managed Care’s Enrollment Broker Provider Directory no longer supports searching for providers by specialty. DHHS has elected to remove the “Select a provider specialty” feature from both the “Find a primary care provider” page and from the “Filter by” page. Users must now search for a practice by geographic location and/or […]


DHHS Sets Medicaid Contracting Deadline of November 15th, 2019 for Physicians and Practices

DHHS has set a contracting deadline of Friday, November 15th for all physicians and practices wishing to serve Medicaid patients under managed care and be auto-assigned patients who do not actively choose their primary care provider. Family physicians and practices who do not contract with health plans by this deadline risk losing patients, as health […]


Legionnaires’ Outbreak Hits Buncombe and Henderson Counties

The Buncombe and Henderson County Health Departments, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, are investigating multiple cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in individuals who attended the NC Mountain State Fair in Fletcher, NC, Sept. 6–15, 2019. Fifty-three laboratory-confirmed Legionnaires’ disease cases had been reported to the Division of Public […]


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 […]