Friday, September 14, 2012
In the News
Three recent New York Times health care articles of note:
- NY Times article on Arkansas DHHS’ plans to bundle 95 percent of Medicaid payments in three to five years.
- A second article details a new Institute of Medicine report that says 30 percent of health care spending in 2009 was wasted on unnecessary or poorly delivered services.
- Finally, a third article describes an interesting savings study comparing savings on Duals to the potential savings available through ACOs.
PCMH work documented by CCNC interns. Two former CCNC interns write of their experiences working with CCNC on PCMH issues.
- Article in IHI Open School (David Cruz).
- Article in NC Family Physician (Ashley Wofford Leong). Thanks to NCAFP for allowing us to reprint this article.
CCNC resources make national list. Some good work by CCNC on PCMH resources and patient education materials were cited in a list of NCQA resources developed by the State of Maine, and distributed by CMS/CMMI. Congrats to CCNC’s PCMH Team and Dr. Holly Biola and the Patient Education Workgroup for developing the referenced materials.
CCNC Annual Meeting is next Thursday in Cary. Ed Wagner, MD, MPH will give the luncheon keynote, with additional remarks from Al Delia (DHHS), Jack Bailey (GSK) and Maureen O'Connor (BCBSNC). Scheduled presentations include the Child Health Accountable Care Collaborative, Chronic Pain Initiative, Pregnancy Medical Home, NC Health Information Portal, ED "high flyers," the Multi-payer Demo (MAPCP) and Radiology Decision Support.
Highlights of September 2012 Medicaid bulletin. Lots of useful information in the September bulletin, including a couple of items we’d particularly like to bring to your attention:
- Recredentialing for Medicaid and Health Choice required every three years. The state will be recredentialing between 5,000 and 9,000 providers each month through the end of 2012. Please note that failure to complete recredentialing within the allowed timeframe will prevent claims under these programs for being paid.
- Medicaid/Health Choice Seminars will be held in October and November. Get the basics on these programs by registering in advance.
- For details on 2012-2013 influenza vaccines, please see the North Carolina Immunization Program website.
- Have patients transitioning from long-term care to community housing? See the bulletin for the details on the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project (MFP).
Career opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For more information, please see the CCNC Careers page.
- Director of Analytics and Reporting
- Senior Data Analyst
- IC Reports Administrator
- Informatics Center Outreach Coordinator
- Care Management Program Coordinator
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