Bulletin for February 24, 2012

North Carolina Medical Society - NCMS Bulletin

Volume 63 Issue 8 – February 24, 2012

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Palmetto GBA Undertakes Massive Service-Specific Audit of Physician Practices

Palmetto GBA has issued letters to many physician practices as part of a Service-Specific Probe that every Medicare Administrative Contractor is required to conduct.

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NC Consumers and Businesses Sue BCBSNC, Allege Anticompetitive Behavior in State Insurance Markets

Groups of individuals and businesses that hold health insurance policies with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against both BCBSNC and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The complaint highlights BCBSNC’s dominance in state health insurance markets and alleges violations of federal antitrust laws and unlawful restraint of trade under state law.

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Legislation Proposed to Authorize Private Contracting in Medicare

Starting this week, the AMA is launching a grassroots initiative to generate public support for Congressional passage of H.R. 1700 and S. 1042, the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act.

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CMS Issues Proposed Stage 2 Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Proposed Stage 2 requirements for eligible professionals and hospitals to qualify to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program were released last evening by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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In This Issue

CMS EHR Information Center to Extend Hours Saturday Before February 29 Deadline

Physician Groups call for Changes in Proposed Rule for PPACA Sunshine Provisions

Photo ID Now Required for Certain Controlled Substances

TIP Sheet Offers Help for Handling Physician Ratings by Health Plans

NCMS Foundation Webinar: It Takes a Region Working Together to Transform Healthcare

NCMS Foundation Assists Roxboro Practice in Achieving PCMH Recognition

Learn How to Turn Meaningful Use into Productive Use

CMS to Hold Medicare Shared Savings and Advance Payment Model Provider Call

NCMS Member Resource Center FAQ of the Week: Finance Charges on Unpaid Balances

NCMS PAC Spotlight: Craig Burkhart, MD

Nominations Wanted for NCMS Leadership Positions

Nominees Sought For NCMS Physician Community Service Award

Nominations Needed for NCMS Anderson Award

NCMS Remembers George Moore

Well Wishes for Bulletin Editor Mike Edwards

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NCMS Dues Deductibility Statement

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Meetings & Events

NC Chapter/American College of Physicians Annual Meeting
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Turning Meaningful Use into Productive Use: Utilizing the Human Technology Aspect (RTP)
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Getting to the Heart of Things: Cardiovascular Update – Fayetteville
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