It’s Tuesday and time for your NCMS Morning Rounds.

Oct. 13, 2020

TODAY — Last Day to Register for the NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn with and from your colleagues and to participate in the NCMS’ Annual Business meeting — virtually. Only a few spots remain for each of the sessions this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15-16, so get the details here on what is being offered and register now.

Once you register, the links to the various sessions will be emailed to you 24 hours before the session is scheduled to begin. For instance, if you register for the Racial Equity Institute training, the links will be emailed to you at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 14. MedTalks links will be sent at 9 a.m. on Thursday and the link to the NCMS Annual Business Meeting will be sent at noon on Thursday. If you do not receive the links, please check your spam/junk mail folder. If you still did not receive them, please reach out to Danielle Snyder at [email protected].

State Offers Reimbursement for Uninsured COVID-19 Patients

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) developed a program to reimburse primary care providers (PCP) with federal funds for providing care for COVID-19 related services (e.g. follow-up care) to uninsured North Carolina residents.

An NCTracks Portal to submit claims is scheduled to go live in late October and claims will be retroactively reimbursed to Sept. 1, 2020. A payment of $150 per eligible encounter enables providers to recoup costs for COVID-19 related services provided for uninsured patients. Nearly $8 million is available to support the program through Dec. 30, 2020, or until the funds are depleted, whichever occurs first.

Reimbursement will be made on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, review the fact sheet or the SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #137: REIMBURSEMENT FOR COVID-19 RELATED PRIMARY CARE SERVICES FOR UNINSURED NC RESIDENTS – Steps to Prepare.

Are You Up to Speed?

The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office and the Friday Institute for Education Innovation at North Carolina State University have developed the North Carolina Broadband Survey to gather information on locations in the state without adequate internet access and speeds.

The information gathered from the survey will:
• Provide clear data to guide investment of funds through the state’s Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology grant program
• Inform research and policy recommendations
• Support strategic targeting of additional funding streams

The NCMS advocates for improved access to adequate Broadband throughout the state to help enable telehealth.

Please spend just a minute to take the survey and help inform policy and investments in this necessary resource. Even if you currently have internet service in your home or office, the survey includes an optional internet speed test.

Take the survey.

NCMS Leadership Goes ‘Over the Edge’


Chip and Bob going over the edge.                              Back safe on the ground.

The NCMS was a ‘Harness’ Level sponsor of the 2020 Over the Edge for Special Olympics on Oct. 3. That entitled three NCMS leaders — NCMS Secretary Treasurer John J. Meier, IV, MD, MBA, NCMS CEO Emeritus Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA and NCMS Executive Vice President/CEO Chip Baggett, JD – to go ‘over the edge’ of the 30-story tall Wells Fargo Capital Center building in downtown Raleigh.

The event raised $75,000 for the Special Olympics and was a memorable experience for everyone who participated – and for those who watched — as 60 people in all took turns rappelling down the side of the building.

Going ‘Over the Edge’ is a way to highlight the fact that it takes courage to try something that doesn’t come easily to you. Just as those with intellectual disabilities who participate in the Special Olympics show courage in overcoming their challenges, those participating in the Over the Edge showed their bravery.

Congrats – and thanks — to Bob, Chip and Dr. Meier!

In the News

7 Looming Questions About the Rollout of a COVID Vaccine, STAT, 10-9-20

Learning Opportunity

TODAY from noon to 1 p.m. learn more about the NCMS Foundation’s Financial Recovery Program for independent practices struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NCMS Vice President for Rural Health System Innovation Franklin Walker, MBA, will provide an overview and answer questions. Learn more and register here.

Also, today beginning at 1 p.m. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss vaccine development and distribution. Hosted by Susan R. Bailey, MD, AMA President, the presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the CDC’s role in COVID-19 vaccine review and immunization programs.

Nancy Messonnier, MD, Director NCISD at the CDC and Amanda Cohn, MD, Acting Chief Medical Officer, NCIRD and Executive Secretary for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will address the prioritization and allocation of vaccines, distribution of vaccines and data systems to monitor distribution and uptake, and the role physicians will play in vaccine distribution and vaccine hesitancy. Register now.

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