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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Draft of 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule Expands Primary Care Payments

There’s some promising news for primary care payment in CMS’s proposed 2017 Medicare fee schedule.  In a published draft released July 7th by CMS, the fee schedule contains several positive payment adjustments projected to add as much as 3% to allowed Medicare charges for family physicians.  This estimated increase is the largest of any specialty according […]

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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 […]

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New State Budget Mandates Prescribers Register with NC Controlled Substances Reporting System

The state legislative ‘short’ session is winding down at the NC General Assembly, with the 2016-2017 state budget winning formal approval in both chambers during the last few days. The new budget contains a number of provisions of interest to Family Medicine, including items related to controlled substances, public health and GME. While this year’s […]

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