Author Archive | Greg Griggs


Next Month’s Spring Symposium is a Great Way to Learn and Get Involved

The 56th Annual Post-Graduate Symposium being held late next month in Charlotte will present an engaging line-up of topics and a full-slate of NCAFP business meetings. The conference is a great way to capture over 8 AAFP Prescribed credits and help advance family medicine in the process. The Symposium’s educational track is scheduled for Friday, […]

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NCTracks: No More Mailed, Faxed or Emailed Documents for Applications After April 1st

Effective April 1st, 2017, NC Tracks will no longer be accepting mailed, faxed, emailed or hard-copy documentation for certain applications. NC Medicaid providers must submit all attachments to the following applications electronically through NCTracks’ Secure Provider Portal Status and Management page: Enrollment and Re-enrollment; Manage Change Requests (MCR); Change Office Administrator; Maintain eligibility; and Re-verifications. […]

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Medical Board Seeks to Amend its Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative Criteria

According to an announcement posted at the NC Medical Board, the Board will seek to refine the selection criteria it will use to determine who will be investigated in accordance their Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative. The initiative seeks to reduce or eliminate inappropriate opioid prescribing by proactively screening and identify prescribers in the top one […]

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Dr. Nicholas Pennings Named New Chair of Family Medicine at Campbell Medical School

The Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University recently announced that Dr. Nicholas Pennings has been named the new chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Pennings, who has served as vice-chair of the department, succeeds founding chair, Dr. Charlotte Paolini. Dr. Paolini was named director of a new Geriatrics Fellowship […]

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Duke Family Medicine Residency Announces Partnership with Granville Health System

Duke University’s Family Medicine Residency Program and the Granville Health System (GHS) have announced a new partnership that will bring family medicine residents to GHS for education and training within a rural community hospital rotation. Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, Duke’s Family Medicine Residency Director, described the partnership as aiming to provide family medicine residents exposure to […]

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NCAFP Membership Surpasses 4,000!!!

The NCAFP Membership department has some exciting news to share. As of January 31, 2017, NCAFP membership has surpassed 4,000 members! 4,030 to be exact. This accomplishment has been years in the making and could not have happened without you, our loyal members, who strive every day to make family medicine all it should be. […]

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CDC Releases Updated 2017 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2017 adult and the 2017 childhood immunization schedules. Changes this year include updated recommendations for a two-dose schedule of nine-valent HPV vaccine for patients ages 11-12, a two-dose schedule of meningitis B vaccine for […]

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Family Medicine’s Upward Trend Line Continues in This Year’s AOA MATCH

Osteopathic medical students continue to MATCH into Family Medicine in higher numbers according to this year’s American Osteopathic Association (AOA) resident Match. Results from the 2017 AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program were released earlier this week and its numbers represent a 3.4% increase for family medicine as compared to 2016. Although there were some adjustments in […]

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DHHS Expands Medicaid Coverage Policy to Include Blood Testing for Allergies

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently expanded its coverage policy on allergy blood testing for the Medicaid population. The updated policy streamlines its allergen testing policies, specifically, ‘to cover “specific IgE in vitro tests for inhalant allergens (pollens, molds, dust mites, and animal dander), foods, insect stings, and drugs.”

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