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Medicaid Reform White Paper

August 10, 2017

On August 8 2017, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its detailed proposed program design for Medicaid Managed Care. The proposed program design (pdf) and supporting materials can be found here. 

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Opioid and Pain CME Opportunities and Project ECHO for Medication Assisted Treatment

August 8, 2017

In the state North Carolina, 17 of our western 23 counties ranked among the top for fatal overdoses in 2014, and all but 5 counties had higher-than-average rates of opioid pills prescribed per resident. To respond MAHEC is providing Treating Pain Safer CME, which meets the Controlled Substances CME requirement, and training to increase the number of providers offering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders.

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From the AMA: MACRA/QPP Pick your pace and new resources

August 4, 2017

The AMA continues to hear from physicians who feel unprepared to participate successfully in Medicare’s new Merit-based Incentive Payment System, despite the transitional flexibility provided for 2017.  In particular, it seems that physicians who never participated in Medicare reporting programs before need basic information on how to avoid a payment penalty in 2019 through minimal reporting in 2017.

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AMA Statement on Senate Debate on Health System Reform

July 26, 2017

During consideration of proposals related to the Affordable Care Act, the American Medical Association urges Senators to consider the impact their votes will have on the health of all Americans.

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News Alert: NCMS Takes Firm Stand on Federal Health Care Legislation

July 20, 2017

As the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare continues to unfold in Washington, DC, you can be assured that your medical society has been working diligently on Capitol Hill and with local and national stakeholder groups to make sure any legislation protects — and enhances— your patients’ access to affordable, high quality care.

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2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

July 17, 2017

An initial summary of the Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule is below for your information. 

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CDC: Opioid prescriptions remain high despite recent decline

July 12, 2017

NBC Nightly News (7/6, story 7, 1:50, Guthrie) reported, “As this country battles the opioid drug crisis, the CDC reported today that far too many people are still being prescribed those highly addictive” pain medications “and for too long.

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A Burnout Epidemic: 25 Notes on Physician Burnout in the US

July 12, 2017

Here are 25 things to know about physician burnout.

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Introducing The Healthy Healer: WCMS' New Services Promote Wellness and Prevent Burnout!

July 12, 2017

If any of  these statistics below resonate with you, click here to learn about our new Healthy Healer Program, featuring discounted, discreet, confidential therapy and coaching services to WCMS members via experienced professionals whom we've personally vetted. Take action now and get help for yourself and your colleagues. We are here to help you be your best self!

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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: Vectorborne Disease Updates

July 10, 2017

Please review the attached memos from the NC Division of Public Health on common vectorborne infections in NC. Per NC law, health care providers are required to report all suspected or confirmed cases of the following infections to public health within 7 days by contacting their local health department .

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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: CDC Advisory About Invasive Meningococcal Disease

July 10, 2017

From the CDC: Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination

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Pardee Innovative Practice Interview

July 6, 2017

Pardee Hospital physicians, Dr. David Ellis, MD (Chief Medical Officer) and Dr. Scott Donaldson, MD (Chief of Staff) were interviewed on May 23rd with regard to the hospital’s actions to tackle the opioid crisis.

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Project Access Receives Three-Year Funding Award from The Duke Endowment

July 5, 2017

Together with Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS), Mission Health today announced it has been awarded a $750,000 grant over three years from The Duke Endowment to support and expand WCMS’ Project Access charity care program.

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Project Access Pharmacy Update

July 5, 2017

Due to an unpredicted and unprecedented increase in medication costs for PA over the past 18 months, a Medication Committee was formed to explore ways in which to lower costs while continuing to be advocates for our PA patients with their medication needs. Also, during this time, the opioid addiction and crisis issues in the Nation and more personally, in our community, have increased significantly.

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The AMA Strongly Opposes the Senate’s Health-reform Proposal

June 27, 2017

A lot of big numbers have been tossed around in the days since Senate leaders unveiled a “discussion draft” of legislation—dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA)—that would dramatically reshape how our country’s health system is financed.

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