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 […]


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 […]