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Resources Abound for Co-Managing Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

There’s a new mobile app and other resources available to support the co-management of patients with sickle cell disease between family physicians and sickle cell experts. Known as the Sickle Cell Disease Toolbox, the resource is a mobile app that contains both health maintenance guidance for adults and children with sickle cell disease, as well […]

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Learn All About Advanced Health Care Directives in NC at NC Secretary of State Website

The NC Secretary of State’s Office has an excellent, comprehensive resource on Advanced Health Care Directives. Advance Health Care Directives are legal documents in which you give written instructions about your health care if, in the future, you cannot speak for yourself. The resource provides excellent, in-depth information, and includes access to the state’s searchable […]

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Provider Awareness Campaign Leads to Marked Reduction of Codeine Products in Pediatric Population

In 2017, Medicaid made a significant push to raise awareness of the safety risks associated with codeine use in the pediatric population, including sending letters to prescribers identified as prescribing codeine products in patients’ ≤ 18 years old, working with the NCAFP, the NC Pediatric Society and other healthcare organizations to help spread the word. […]

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DHHS Temporarily Suspends Immunization Requirements for School Entry

NC DHHS has enacted a temporary suspension of immunization requirements for school entry until November 1, 2018, to provide more time for families due to potential barriers from the hurricane. This temporary suspension (from 9/21/18 to 11/1/18) applies to all public, private, and religious schools (Pre-K to 12th), child care facilities, and to individuals attending […]

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Advanced Medical Home Training for Medicaid Managed Care Happening Now

Under NC’s new Medicaid Managed Care program beginning late next year, Advanced Medical Homes (AMHs) will be eligible for higher payments for providing local care management functions. NC DHHS has already developed standards for AMHs and will be responsible for initially certifying participating practices. The Department has been holding a series of webinars and regional […]

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Oxford’s Dr. Tom Koinis is Giving Back and Advancing Health as an ILI Sentinel Provider

Public health surveillance is one of the linchpins of maintaining good health in patients, families and communities. Perhaps like no other frontline physician, family physicians are uniquely qualified to provide great insight and even hard data on illnesses and disease that affect all communities. North Carolina’s Influenza-Like Illness Sentinel Provider Program (ILI) is a great […]

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New Medicare Cards Will Begin Rolling Out This April

A federally-mandated change to Medicare’s identification cards is scheduled to begin nationwide on April 1st. CMS will begin mailing new cards to all Medicare beneficiaries based on geographic location. For Medicare patients in North Carolina, new cards should begin arriving around June. CMS is replacing the current SSN-based Medicare ID Number (Heath Insurance Claim Number […]

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Medicare to Update Patient Identification Cards with Brand New ID Numbers

DHHS is informing all physicians and providers of the federally-mandated change to Medicare identification cards that is scheduled to begin April 1, 2018. The initiative addresses a confidentiality and security concern regarding the Medicare ID, which is based on a Social Security Number (SSN). CMS plans to replace the current SSN-based Medicare ID (Heath Insurance […]

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