Bulletin for 9/25/2009

North Carolina Medical Society - NCMS Bulletin

Volume 60 Issue 44

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Medicaid Rate Adjustments Debated

The Department for Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving quickly to make changes to achieve the $76 million in provider rate savings mandated by the NC General Assembly this year. A number of proposals for how to achieve that target are still being discussed. DHHS is considering multiple proposals that would make adjustments based on a physician’s specialty and other proposals that would that would create variable cuts to individual reimbursement codes. Both of these solutions would cause massive divisions within the physician community that could threaten the stability of NC Medicaid.

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Compliance Dispute Officer Issues Ruling in Oncology/Rheumatology Dispute

In a disappointing ruling, Compliance Dispute Officer Martin Quinn has determined that the pricing policy and associated actions taken by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina did not violate key provisions in the BCBS Settlement Agreement.

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Temporary Order Requires NC Physicians to Report Influenza-Related Deaths of Persons 18 and Older

The State Health Director has issued a temporary order requiring North Carolina physicians to report all influenza-associated deaths in persons 18 years of age or older. Influenza deaths in children less than 18 years of age have been legally reportable since 2004. This order is necessary to enhance influenza surveillance during the current pandemic.

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In This Issue

Aetna Agrees to Pay Two E&M Services on the Same Day

CDC Posts FAQ for Physicians Concerning H1N1 Flu Virus

AMA Reaches Out to Sen. Baucus Regarding “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009”

Conflicting Data Over Influenza Trends in North Carolina

Early Results Show 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine Works Like Seasonal Flu Vaccine in Children

Rise in Syphilis Cases Prompts Public Health Alert

NDEP Offers Information on Comprehensive Diabetes Care

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Harnett Program Seeks to Promote Future Health Care Professionals

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Meetings & Events

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