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AAFP Has Excellent Chronic Care Management Resources for Members

The AAFP is offering resources to help members to better understand and implement chronic care management (CCM) for their Medicare population. The tools and resources AAFP has assembled include a comprehensive array of information on getting started with CCM, how best to implement CCM in your practice, advice on communicating the value of CCM to […]

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Mount Holly Doctor Named 2016 NC Family Physician of the Year

Family Physician Dr. Lee A. Beatty of Mount Holly, NC, an instrumental force in his community’s revitalization efforts, has been named North Carolina’s 2016 Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Beatty serves patients at Riverbend Family Practice, a Carolinas HealthCare system practice in downtown Mount Holly, and truly exemplifies the impact a family physician can […]

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Family Physicians Can Submit Comments to CMS on State Medicaid Reform Plan

North Carolina’s Medicaid reform proposal — officially called the 1115 Waiver Application — was formally submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in early June. Family physicians and family medicine professionals interested in submitting public comments on the plan may do so via a simple web-based commenting system provided by CMS. All comments […]

Booster Dose of Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Supported by AAFP

With the increased risk of meningococcal disease in adolescent patients, full vaccination against the disease in key to reducing incidence. In January 2011, the ACIP recommended that a second (booster) dose of MCV4 be given at age 16 in order to enhance protection during the period of greatest vulnerability to meningococcal – 16 to 21 […]

Innovative MedServe Program Aims to Reduce Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

An innovative program seeking to reduce the shortage of primary care physicians officially launched this week, beginning with a multi-day orientation hosted at UNC-Chapel Hill. The new MedServe program is a first-of-its-kind effort pairing 13 recent college graduates with rural/underserved primary care clinics. MedServe’s strategy is to immerse promising future doctors in communities for up […]

DHHS Submits Final Medicaid Reform Plan to CMS

Plans Builds on Triple Aim with Additional Provider Supports The NC Department of Health and Human Services formally submitted North Carolina’s Medicaid Reform Waiver application earlier this week, completing the first step in a Medicaid transformation process that’s expected to span multiple years before fully implemented. Similar to what was previously reported in the NC […]

AAFP Formally Launches ‘MACRA Ready’ Educational Campaign

Academy leaders from around the nation converged in Kansas City recently for the AAFP’s annual gathering of chapter leaders and special constituencies representatives. The AAFP used the event to formally launch a major educational effort on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) aimed at helping Academy members make the transition to […]

BCBSNC’s Offers New PCHM Incentive Program for Independent Primary Care Practices

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has launched a new program designed to help independent primary care practices transition to PCMHs. The program offers upfront financial incentives to practices under BCBSNC’s standard fee schedule that commit to reaching PCMH-recognition within 15-months. Practices that successfully complete the PCMH recognition process then become eligible […]

Acting CMS Administrator Suggests MACRA Start Delay

Sharing comments before the US Senate Finance Committee this week, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told lawmakers that the CMS is considering delaying the start date for Medicare payment reform. Slavitt commented that the CMS is concerned that some physicians, particularly at small practices, may not be ready for the changes under MACRA. The AAFP recently expressed […]