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The AAFP Continues Fight to Simplify MACRA and Improve Primary Care Payment

The AAFP is continuing its advocacy efforts with CMS to streamline and simplify MACRA and also continuing work on improving primary care payment. Connected to MACRA, the AAFP recently supplied CMS Administrator Seema Verma with a letter outlining numerous elimination or modification recommendations, including many centered around primary care payment. Also related to payment, the […]

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Nursing Scope of Practice Update: Advocacy is Working, but Vigilance is Key

The NC House of Representatives’ House Health Committee did not consider House Bill 88: Modernize Nursing Practice Act last week, but NCAFP members are being encouraged to remain vigilant and continue to advocate against the proposal. Once the House completes deliberations on the state budget, a last-minute flurry of activity is possible. Continued advocacy will […]

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State Legislative Update

The NCAFP Government Affairs team is hard at work in the State Legislature advocating for key issues impacting family medicine. Earlier this week, the NCAFP received notice of a victory, when a bill aimed at educating student athletes and their coaches about concussions and heat related illnesses was modified to eliminate a proposal that would […]

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DHHS Rejects Claim of Underpayment on Immunization Admin Fees

For more than two years the NCAFP and the North Carolina Pediatric Society have been advocating to the NC Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) within the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to correct an underpayment of administrative fees for immunizations provided to Medicaid and NC Health Choice recipients.  After lengthy discussions urging NC […]

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Academy Urging Members to Voice Opposition to Nursing Practice Act

The Modernize Nursing Practice Act now under consideration in the NC General Assembly is broad ranging and a dramatic scope-of-practice proposal that would classify all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) the same, irrespective of their training or experience.  Although family medicine highly values the work of nurse practitioners (NP), the NCAFP believes the best care […]

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AAFP Participates in National Coalition Calling for Prior Authorization Reform

The AAFP is a key member of a national coalition of medical organizations calling for reform of prior authorization and utilization management requirements. The coalition released a series of 21 principles in late January aimed at reforming prior authorization and called on health insurers, benefits managers and others to take appropriate action. The coalition includes […]

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Start Your Engines: Legislators have Returned to Raleigh to Begin Legislative Process

The NC Legislature’s biennium budgetary session ramped-up yesterday, with legislators returning to Raleigh to begin the official legislative process. Connected with their return was the release of rosters of important healthcare-related legislative committees in the House and Senate. As reported in the last edition of NCAFPNotes, the NCAFP is being represented at the General Assembly […]

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