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Family Medicine to Play Lead Role in Bringing Maternity Care Back to Chatham Hospital

The 2018 Chatham County Community Assessment stated that there were no child birthing centers currently in the county, and that the county ranked in the bottom quarter of North Carolina’s 100 counties for average distance between home and a hospital offering childbirth services. That’s all about to change thanks to the use of family physicians […]

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Politico Article Discusses Healthcare Transformation in North Carolina

An in-depth article discussing North Carolina’s healthcare transformation efforts was published last week by Politico. The article highlights the close collaborations taking place between DHHS and Blue Cross NC, and also touches on several related statewide initiatives helping to address the common social drivers in healthcare. NCAFP member and Johnston County Health Director Dr. Marilyn […]

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State Healthcare Issues are Focus of Spectrum News’ InFocus Hometown Debate Series

Spectrum News’ Loretta Boniti is serving as the moderator of a multi-part series on state health care issues. The segments are airing on Spectrum News and are being sponsored by the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), a non-partisan organization that educates future political and community leaders. The four-segment series has discussed topics such […]

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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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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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Health is Primary Launches Updated Website

Three NCAFP Members Participating on National Tactics Teams The new and improved HealthisPrimary.org website is now live! The new site is easy to navigate and allows visitors to view and share stories, access tools and resources, and become an active champion of primary care. As part of the website re-launch, the campaign has created a […]

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