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September 24, 2015  |   view this message as a web page  

In this edition:

Governor Signs Innovative Medicaid Reform Package

Governor Pat McCrory signed into law Wednesday a Medicaid reform bill that allows the state to contract with three statewide managed care companies and up to 10 regional “provider-led entities” (PLEs) comprised of health systems, hospitals and physicians. The new law provides a general framework for the future of the state’s Medicaid program, and physicians will work to help shape the specific details as the administrative rules and additional legislation evolve over the next few years.

This result follows several years of debate and effort by legislators and the health care community to address cost-unpredictability in Medicaid. The new plan is designed to give physicians who participate in the new PLEs greater flexibility to manage their patients’ health care delivery and costs. In place of the conventional fee-for-service model, Medicaid carriers will receive up-front, per-patient payments and will be responsible for cost overruns.

“This reform brings innovation to our healthcare system and builds upon what has already proven to work in North Carolina,” said Gov. McCrory at Wednesday’s bill signing ceremony.

A State Plan Amendment must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation, and this process may take 6-18 months. Federal funds account for two-thirds of NC Medicaid’s annual spend.

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Are You Ready for ICD-10? These Resources Can Help

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Payment & Quality In The MACRA Era

The AAN has developed resources to help members understand and educate others about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). A presentation providing a high-level overview of the new legislation is available that explains the new payment programs and what members should do now to prepare.

The NC Medical Society also has resources for physicians going forward in the post-SGR world. The "Quality Time with NCMS" webpage includes information regarding quality reporting going forward.

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NCNS's Alan Skipper Inaugurated as AENC President

Alan Skipper, AENC President

NCNS Executive Director Alan Skipper, CAE was inaugurated as President of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) on July 13. The organization provides professional development and networking opportunities to those in the association management profession, including CEOs and the staff of associations across North Carolina. AENC celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Alan was honored as part of the AENC’s Awards Breakfast and Annual Business Session at the Durham Convention Center.

Congratulations, Alan!

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WITN-TV “Doctors on Call” Needs Physician Volunteers

Help Answer Viewers' Medical Questions During This Important Community Event

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015Docs on Call

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: WITN-TV's new studio, located at 275 East Arlington Blvd, Greenville

Doctors on Call is an annual event sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the Pitt County Medical Society in conjunction with WITN in Greenville, where physician volunteers answer medical questions called in by local TV viewers. We encourage you to take part in this important community service event by volunteering just one or two hours of your time. Doctors on Call physician volunteers have helped thousands of people over the years, supporting our mission of promoting access to quality health care.

Physicians and residents from all specialties are needed. Please note: all volunteers must hold an active medical license in the State of North Carolina.

Sign up today!

For questions regarding the program, please contact Kristen Shipherd with the NCMS or Tricia Maddrey-Baker with the Pitt County Medical Society.

NCMS membership is not required to participate in this event, so please forward this email along to your colleagues.

Thank you for your support of this program!

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AAN Fall Conference, Oct. 16-18

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NCMS Annual Meeting, Oct. 23-24

Registration is now open for the 2015 North Carolina Medical Society Annual Meeting. With a new and exciting format for broad physician appeal, this year's meeting theme, "Resilience in Challenging Times," hints at the program's focus on introducing physicians to basic approaches for developing greater fulfillment and resilience in practicing medicine. Pop on over to the NCMS website for complete program details and secure online registration.

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Save the Date for NCNS 2016, Feb. 19-21

The 2016 NCNS Annual Meeting will be held February 19-21 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. Each year, the NCNS Annual Meeting attracts 70-90 physician participants and many vendors for a weekend of continuing education, networking and collegiality.

Your participation and vendor support are critical to our annual meeting’s ongoing success. Please share the Exhibitor Prospectus with the product and service representatives that call on your practice.

Action items:

  1. Add this event to your calendar.
  2. For room reservations, contact the Grandover Resort at (800) 472-6301.
  3. For more information, contact the NCNS at (919) 833-3836 or nlowe@ncmedsoc.org.

Resident Poster Competition Submission Deadline, Jan. 15 - The NCNS invites neurology residents, fellows and students to submit posters detailing original resident research (clinical and/or laboratory research, delineating a new investigation into mechanisms of a disease, or a detailed review of a clinical problem), or clinical vignettes (one or more cases that illustrate a new disease entity or prominent or unusual clinical feature of an established disease). Accepted posters will be judged by a panel of neurologists on Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, at the 2016 NCNS Annual Meeting, and the top three winning posters will be given cash prizes. The submission deadline is January 15, 2016. Please coordinate your participation with your Training Program Director.

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