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March 8, 2022

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”- Marian Wright Edelman


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In the News


1.  AMA Call For Applications For The Joy In Medicine Health System Recognition Program 

Representing the American Medical Association’s steadfast commitment to advancing the science of physician burnout, this program can empower health systems to reduce burnout so that physicians—and their patients—thrive. The Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program is designed to:

  • Provide a roadmap for health system leaders to implement programs and policies that support physician well-being
  • Unite the health care community in building a culture committed to increasing joy in medicine for the profession nationwide
  • Build awareness about solutions that promote joy in medicine, and spur investment within health systems to reduce physician burnout

Learn more. Submit by March 31, 2022.


2. Members of the NC General Assembly Continue Deliberations on Medicaid Expansion

Follow the data and the discussion by reviewing the report  given by Dave Richard, Deputy Director of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Benefits (NC Medicaid) to the NC Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion on March 1, 2022.

To find out more on Medicaid Expansion legislative actions and to review the most recent legislative update presented by NCMS’s government relations firm Smith Anderson, click here.


3. CMS Now Accepting Applications for the ACO Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) is now accepting applications for the recently announced Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model for Performance Year (PY) 2023.

Details on the model, as well as eligibility requirements can be found in the Request for Applications (RFA). Interested stakeholders should submit their application via web portal by April 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.


4. Trends in Payor Audits and Disputes

Physician practices are often no stranger to government and commercial payor audits. The AMA’s prerecorded webinar, “Trends in Payor Audits and Disputes,” reviews trends in both Medicare reimbursement audits and commercial payor audits and provides actionable overall strategies for audit response. Presenters also touch on the topics of cross-plan offsetting as it relates to the practice of payor audits, as well as the practice of recovering overpayments. Attendees will learn about strategies for responding to payor audits, understand the impact of audits on a practice, and identify ways to minimize the burden in responding to the audit request. To accompany this presentation, the AMA has developed a checklist that helps practices respond effectively to payor records requests while minimizing the administrative burden associated with responding to such requests.



COVID-19 Updates


1.     COVID Antibody Drug Too Often Goes Unused

2.     Health Experts Urge Against COVID-19 Complacency: 12 Calls To Action From Their New 136-Page Plan

3.     Scientists Identify New Gene Differences In Severe COVID Patients

4.     NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


Clinician Retention in the Era of COVID: Uniting the Health Workforce to Optimize Well-Being

March 15, from 12-4:30 PM EST.

The meeting will also feature journeys that Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, LCMC Health in Louisiana, and Montefiore Medical Center in New York are taking to create wellness action plans for and with their frontline staff, with the intention to encourage other health-serving institutions to begin or continue their journeys.



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)