Medicaid recredentialing is not optional.
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ALERT: Provider Recredentialing/Reverification to be Reinstated by NCTracks

Every Medicaid provider must be recredentialed. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has announced that all Medicaid providers will be notified, either by letter or via their NCTracks secure portal in-box or e-mail, when it is time to reverify.

NCDHHS has asked the North Carolina Dermatology Association (NCDA) and other health care associations to help ensure that all Medicaid providers are aware of this announcement. Additional information is available on the NCTracks website.

All Medicaid providers are required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to be revalidated (recredentialed) every five years. The requirement was suspended in North Carolina in 2013 due to a backlog of applications. The process is now being reinstated, and NCDHHS wants all providers to be prepared to complete the recredentialing process within the 45 days allotted from receipt of your recredentialing letter or notification.

Payment will be suspended if you fail to complete the process prior to your recredentialing due date. Providers risk termination of their enrollment in the N.C. Medicaid and Health Choice Programs if they fail to complete the recredentialing process.

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Medicaid Reform Work Begins in Earnest

With three years of work already behind us, this year’s passage of a Medicaid reform plan by the NC General Assembly marks just a mid-point in the effort to address cost-unpredictability of Medicaid in the state budget. Implementation could take up to three years or more, with enrollment beginning as early as January 2018. This sets into motion the even more challenging task of implementing the new design, which 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/or physicians. Our number one priority through this process will be to ensure that physicians and patient care are not adversely affected by new policies and regulations.

Transition to the new NC Medicaid has begun in earnest and the first major deadline is quickly approaching. The first of many steps is approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a State Plan Amendment. Rick Brajer, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, is required to report to the NC General Assembly on this issue in March 2016. The federal approval process may take anywhere between six to 18 months.

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New NCMS Governance System Makes Board Accountable to YOU

Reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Medical Society

The newly updated North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) constitution and bylaws, reflecting the House of Delegates recent decisions to make the NCMS Board of Directors directly accountable to the Society’s membership, has been posted on our website for easy reference.

In keeping with this change in governance, following is the schedule of upcoming Board meetings, which will now be held throughout the state to make NCMS leadership meetings more accessible to the membership wherever they practice. Watch the NCMS Bulletin for details on each meeting as the date approaches.

  • Jan. 8-9, 2016 in Raleigh
  • March 18-19, 2016 in Wilmington
  • May 13-14, 2016 in Cary
  • July 15-16, 2016 in Charlotte
  • Sept. 15-18, 2016, NCMS Annual Meeting/M3 Conference in Greensboro
  • Dec. 3, 2016 in Raleigh (tentative)

If you have an issue you’d like to bring to a Board member’s attention in the meantime, please go to the NCMS website to contact the NCMS Board.

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Registration is Now Open for the 2016 NCDA Annual Meeting
January 15-17 | The Pinehurst Resort

Dr. Feldman is Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

This year’s Dr. Gloria Graham Lecture is “Behavioral Economics of Psoriasis Treatment” by Steve Feldman, MD, PhD.  Dr. Feldman will also give a presentation on Patient Satisfaction.

New this year! The NCDA invites dermatology 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). Abstracts are due by December 30.  Download the Call for Resident and Student Posters for complete details, eligibility and submission instructions.

The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The North Carolina Dermatology Association Annual Meeting (Program #358100) is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology for 10.5 AAD Recognized Category 1 CME credit(s) and may be used towards the AAD’s CME Award.

Session Topics to Include:

Top 10 Pediatric Dermatology Tips and Pitfalls
Antibiotic Stewardship
The Importance of Clinicopathologic Correlation
Dermatology and the Disease of Aging
Surgical Pearls and Lessons Learned from a Mohs Surgical Perspective
Vulvar Pathology
Biosimilars and their Role in the Treatment of Psoriasis
The Science of Fillers
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Hair Loss
AAD Update
Resident Presentations
Legislative Update
And more!

Register before December 15 and Save!

Secure Your Accommodations by December 15

To secure your accommodations, use the form in the registration brochure, or call the Pinehurst Resort at (877) 615-0407. Our block of rooms will be released on December 15.

The Pinehurst Resort is a four-diamond, family-friendly resort featuring so much more than its world-class golf courses! Lawn sports, a European-style spa, tennis courts, shops, and a fitness center are onsite, and nearby are antique and pottery shops, upscale boutiques, equestrian activities, museums and more. Advance reservations are required for most resort dining outlets and recreational activities.

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