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March 11, 2022

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


In the News


1.  Blue Cross Blue Shield Extending Its Telehealth Reimbursement Until September 2022 

In a press release sent out on March 10, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced that it would be extending its telehealth reimbursement policy from March 30, 2022 to September 30, 2022. “The policy applies to all Blue Cross NC commercial plans and Medicare Advantage plans offered and administered by Blue Cross NC, including the State Health Plan. Members of the Federal Employee Program have telehealth covered at parity with in-person visits until further notice. The extended policy does not apply to Blue Cross NC members getting care from out-of-state providers. Providers may continue to use the platform of their choosing for telehealth services.”

Chip Baggett, our CEO, says: “Without question, telehealth proved to be a necessary and important way to deliver health care during the COVID pandemic. Its flexibility and other benefits improved access to care, especially among some of our most medically vulnerable patients in rural areas. Any efforts to extend access to telehealth, which is what the extension of reimbursement policy will do, will promote access for patients, even if for a short period of time.”

For additional details: BCBS Announces Extension of Deadline for Telehealth Reimbursement


2. Women In Medicine Legacy Foundation

Is your organization interested in processing your collections on the history of women in medicine? The Women In Medicine Legacy Foundation may be able to help through their processing grants. Learn more and apply here.


3.  ALL IN Resilience Library

The ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare is a call to action by #FirstRespondersFirst and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation as a coalition of leading healthcare organizations committed to taking responsibility for workforce well-being. Their goal is to promote a cultural transformation toward systemic accountability.

Visit the ALL IN Resilience Library where you will find resources, offerings, and services tailored to individuals, teams, organizations, and systems to help promote and prioritize employee well-being, mental health, and resilience.



COVID-19 Updates


1.     There May Be A New COVID Variant, Deltacron. Here’s What We Know About It.

2.     Decoding the Genetics Behind COVID-19 Infection

3.     COVID-19 Funded Research Projects

4.     NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


Virtual Office Hours: Medicaid Managed Care Hot Topics

Thursday, March 31 | 4-5 p.m.

Medicaid Transformation Provider Services and North Carolina AHEC are conducting a series of Virtual Office Hours to offer an interactive format for providers to have their questions answered. Join for a discussion on Provider Enrollment Hot Topics and Reminders.



Upcoming Events


·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)