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NC Medical Society Announces Plan for New Medicaid Managed Care Plan

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has announced its intent to create a new Medicaid managed care plan to offer “…a model of care that is patient-focused, physician-led, value-based and home grown..” Known as Carolina Complete Health, NCMS is collaborating with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association and the Centene Corporation to establish, organize […]

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NCAFP, NC Pediatric Society Take Formal Action on Retroactive Immunization Payments

For more than two years, the NC Academy of Family Physicians and the NC Pediatric Society have been advocating for the NC Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) to correct an underpayment of vaccine administrative fees for immunizations provided to Medicaid and NC Health Choice recipients during 2013-2014. After lengthy discussions with DMA proved unsuccessful, the […]

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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 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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