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MAHEC Prepares Western North Carolina for MACRA, Featured in New MACRA Toolkit

October 18, 2017

October 11, 2017– Last week was the deadline for physicians and other eligible professionals to begin collecting data to meet reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) or face a potential reduction in future Medicare reimbursement.

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As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department.

October 2, 2017

The BCHHS Communicable Disease phone and fax lines are back in service.  If you tried to call or fax a communicable disease report to us on 9/30 or 10/1, please resend that information at this time to ensure we have all the information we need.

 

In general, BCHHS Communicable Disease staff are available 24/7 by calling 828-250-5109 or fax at 828-250-6169.

  •  If you ever try to contact them at these numbers and are unable to leave a message or your fax fails to go through, please contact me at 828-989-6145 or Ellis Vaughan, our Clinical Services Coordinator, at 828-545-6740.

 

As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department. The Communicable Disease report form for Buncombe County is located at https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/health/Morb_Card.pdf. Please review the list of reportable diseases and conditions on the form, as well as the time frame for reporting them to public health.

Finally, we have had situations where health care providers have been hesitant to share protected health information with our Communicable Disease nurses during their investigations. Please understand that release of this information is allowable under HIPAA. See the attached memo from the NC DHHS for specifics.

Thanks for working with us to identify, contain and manage communicable diseases in our community.

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NC Medicaid Comments Submission by NCMS

September 12, 2017

On behalf of the more than 12,000 physician and physician assistant members of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), we respectfully submit these comments on the Proposed Plan Design for NC Medicaid.

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State-Funded Rural Training Provides More Doctors in Underserved WNC Counties

August 30, 2017

Five MAHEC Family Medicine Residency graduates are currently participating in yearlong fellowships through MAHEC in rural locations, where they plan to stay and practice upon completion.

Paulette Doiron, MD, and Kelly Garcia, MD, began their Maternal Child Health Fellowships at Haywood Health Center in Waynesville this past July. Winona Houser, MD, started her Rural Family Medicine Fellowship at Cherokee Indian Hospital in early August. Jessica White, MD, will begin her Rural Family Medicine Fellowship on September 4 and will see patients at Celo Health Center in Yancey County and Bakersville Community Health Center sites in Spruce Pine and Bakersville in Mitchell County. Robyn Restrepo, MD, also a Rural Family Medicine Fellow, began practicing in Highlands on August 21, 2017

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Medicaid Opioid Safety Policies

August 28, 2017

Medicaid will implement new Prior Authorization policies for safe prescribing of opioid analgesics beginning August 27, 2017.

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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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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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Alert from Dr. Mullendore with Buncombe County DHHS Regarding Zika Testing

June 7, 2017

In 2016, 98 travel-associated cases of Zika virus disease were reported in NC. As of 5/17/17, there have been 3 cases reported in NC in 2017.

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Tell Your Legislator That You Oppose S629 – Health Care Services Billing Transparency

May 4, 2017

The NCMS is strongly opposed to SB 629

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North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice Transformation- Request for Public Input

May 2, 2017

Let your voice be heard about Medicaid and Health Choice reform.

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Tell your patients that pain treatment will look different now

May 1, 2017

Western North Carolina sees too many deaths from the misuse of prescription pain medicine.

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WCMS Issues Action Alert on SB 629

April 26, 2017

On Tuesday, 4/25/17, WCMS issued an action alert to all WNC physicians on SB 629.

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WCMS Executive Committee of the Board Votes to Support HB 662

April 25, 2017

Carolina Cares Letter of Support

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MedServe Program Overview

March 30, 2017

MedServe Program Overview

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Important Policy Announcement from the N.C. OB-GYN Society

March 13, 2017

As you may know, I am the current President of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. I am writing with important news about a recent change in the Society’s policy concerning physician supervision of Certified Nurse Midwives.

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