Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment Begins Monday, July 15th

It’s full steam ahead with Medicaid Managed Care! NC DHHS has announced that its Medicaid Managed Care call center (833-870-5500) and its official enrollment website both went live on June 28th. Medicaid beneficiaries are already using both to learn more about managed care and enroll in a health plan. The program is currently on track […]


Carolyn Dunn Named an NCSU Williams Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

The NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced its 2019 class of recipients of the Williams Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professorships, and Carolyn Dunn, PhD, Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences and long-time advocate for nutrition, prevention and Family Medicine, has been selected for this high honor. These professorships are intended […]


CMS Approves Primary Care Medicaid Payment Increase

Earlier this month, CMS formally approved the State Plan Amendment for paying Medicaid primary care providers at parity with 2018 Medicare rates for Evaluation & Management codes. During a recent Medical Care Advisory Committee, DHHS stated that the rate increase would go into effect in the coming weeks. The Academy is working to gather additional […]


Two NCAFP Residents Selected for AAFP’s Emerging Leaders Institute

The AAFP Foundation’s competitive leadership development program has selected two residents from North Carolina to participate in the Family Medicine Leads’ Emerging Leader Institute. Brad Thompson, MD, Cone Health, and Rana Alkhaldi, MD, UNC, both rising second-year residents and are among the 30 scholars selected to participate in the program’s fifth cohort. Scholars will attend […]


Proposed State Budget Offers Mixed Bag

Leaders of the NC General Assembly in Raleigh released the conference committee report for the budget rectifying differences between the House and Senate yesterday. The latest proposal contains several positives but also a number of anticipated hurdles. While its overall impact on healthcare is still being determined, the proposal did clarify one thing: Medicaid expansion […]


The AMA Awards UNC School of Medicine $1.8 million to Support FIRST Program

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced last week that it will award the UNC School of Medicine $1.8M to support a significant expansion of the Fully Integrated Readiness for Service (FIRST) Program to new geographic areas of North Carolina and to additional high needs specialties including Family Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. The FIRST […]


Bringing CME to You – Winston-Salem Event a Sellout!!!

NCAFP’s first evening CME event proved wildly successful with a sellout event at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem last night. Dr. Paul Martin discussed: “2019 Street Drugs: Do’s, Don’ts and Dupes.” The presentation discussed both prescription drug abuse and the numerous numbers of street drugs that family physicians should watch for with their patients. […]


Family Medicine Well-Represented at State Opioid Summit

Family Medicine and the NCAFP were well-represented earlier this week at the NC Opioid Summit in Raleigh by both staff and physician leaders. Leading speakers from around the state and country discussed ways to reduce the opioid epidemic across North Carolina, including Bertha Madras, PhD, professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and former Deputy […]

Several Medicaid Managed Care Meet-and-Greets are Planned Through End of June

DHHS has several regional sessions scheduled through the end of June 2019 that will offer providers an opportunity to meet with representatives of Medicaid managed care health plans. The sessions provide the chance to ask Medicaid subject matter experts specific questions about provider network participation, the Medicaid managed care transition, and more. For a complete […]