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Newborn Screening Pilot for SCID Begins Statewide on April 24th

The NC State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) will be conducting a pilot study to screen for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). SCID represents a group of disorders characterized by profound impairment of T-cell development and function. In 2015, NC signed legislation into law allowing the NCSLPH to implement screening for SCID. The pilot study will […]

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Physicians Should Begin to Connect with NC HealthConnex, the State Health Exchange

The State of North Carolina passed legislation in 2015 mandating that health care providers receiving state funds for the provision of health care services (e.g. Medicaid, State Health Plan) to connect and submit clinical and patient demographic data to the State-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex. The NCAFP has been working with NC HealthConnex to […]

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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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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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Innovative MedServe Program Aims to Reduce Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

An innovative program seeking to reduce the shortage of primary care physicians officially launched this week, beginning with a multi-day orientation hosted at UNC-Chapel Hill. The new MedServe program is a first-of-its-kind effort pairing 13 recent college graduates with rural/underserved primary care clinics. MedServe’s strategy is to immerse promising future doctors in communities for up […]

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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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