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Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment Expands Statewide

Statewide open enrollment for Medicaid Managed Care began earlier this week, and most Medicaid patients can now choose both a managed care pre-paid health plan (PHP) and a primary care physician. All NCAFP family physician members/practices are being urged to communicate with their Medicaid patients about enrolling, including what plans they are participating with and […]

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NCAFP Hosts Southeast Family Medicine Forum with Leaders from Twelve AAFP Chapters

Leaders and chapter executives from twelve AAFP chapters across the southeast converged in Asheville last weekend for two days of policy, advocacy and issues conversations. More than 75 attendees heard presentations on topics such as private equity in Family Medicine, addressing the social determinants, the move to value-based care, as well as health policy and […]

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NCCare360 Reports on Progress as Program Begins Rollout Across State

The launch of NCCARE360 – the nation’s first state-sponsored technology platform designed to connect healthcare providers and human services organizations – formally began last January, with full statewide implementation targeted to be complete by the end of 2020. As of June 30th, more than 250 organizations across 12 active counties on now onboarded with the […]

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Video Showcases Karen Smith’s Approach to Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Raeford’s Dr. Karen Smith was a featured guest on the Business of Healthcare series, explaining how her practice serves patients struggling with opioid use disorders and how she utilizes medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to initiate and sustain their recovery. Her complete interview can be viewed online. In describing her process, Dr. Smith shares some key patient […]

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CMS Approves Primary Care Medicaid Payment Increase

Earlier this month, CMS formally approved the State Plan Amendment for paying Medicaid primary care providers at parity with 2018 Medicare rates for Evaluation & Management codes. During a recent Medical Care Advisory Committee, DHHS stated that the rate increase would go into effect in the coming weeks. The Academy is working to gather additional […]

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Early Check on Social Media

Early Check just launched its Facebook and Twitter pages, which offer physicians and practices more resources for educating patients and families about the importance of newborn screening. Early Check is a voluntary, statewide research study aiming to learn about rare and serious genetic health conditions and look for better, earlier treatments to help babies who […]

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Presentations by Governor Cooper and DHHS Secretary Cohen Highlight NCAFP Annual Meeting

It was another fantastic NCAFP Winter Meeting, as approximately 830 attendees converged in Asheville last weekend for five days of learning, networking, advocacy and social events. The meeting also included numerous opportunities to advocate on behalf of family medicine with key state leaders. First, Tom Campbell, Moderator and Producer of NC Spin, interviewed Governor Roy […]

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CMS Releases Updated Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Victory of Family Medicine in Reducing Administrative Burden, Improving Patient Access The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and it contains several strategies advocated by the AAFP to reduce administrative burdens on physicians, and improve patient access-to-care. “The 2019 final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is a […]

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