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The Pulse

The Pulse
  • Controlled Substances Reporting System Update

    On September 19, 2018, DHHS released an updated Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) database.  All registered providers should have received an email directing them how to log into the new system to access the CSRS. The old site will no longer function, so you need to make sure you log into the new system to […]

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  • Medicaid Transformation Update

    On August 9, as directed by legislation in 2015 to convert the state’s Medicaid program from fee-for-service to managed care, NC DHHS released the request for proposal for organizations wishing to participate in the state’s Medicaid program as “Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs).” The PHPs chosen through the RFP process will be responsible for delivering services […]

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  • Concussion Management Advocacy

    by Ryan Vann, PA-C PAs recently were included as licensed health care providers who are able to fully clear high school athletes for return to play after recovering from a concussion.   How this change came to fruition is a perfect case study for why advocacy on behalf of the PA profession is so vitally important. […]

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  • Governor Handles Remaining Bills During Last Week of Session

    Shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday, June 25th, Governor Cooper signed, vetoed, or allowed the remaining 45 bills on his desk to become law without his signature. Read more about the bills signed on the Legislative Action Center.

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  • Bill Modifying the Medicaid Transformation Legislation Passes NCGA

    On Friday, the House and Senate voted on the compromise version of HB 156: Medicaid PHP Licensure & Transformation Modifications, which had been in a conference committee since the end of the 2017 session. The bill is now on the Governor’s desk for final approval.   The changes included in this legislation build off of the […]

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  • Part II of the STOP Act, the HOPE Act, released this week

    In a continued attempt to combat the opioid addiction crisis, House and Senate legislators released this week what has been dubbed as part two of the STOP Act, the Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Enforcement (HOPE) Act. The HOPE Act, which is also supported by Attorney General Josh Stein, expands access to the Controlled Substance Reporting […]

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  • NCAPA Responds to the DMA’s Request for Input

    by Sarah Wolfe, Assistant Vice-President, McGuire Woods Consulting  Last month, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) reached out to stakeholder groups, requesting input on various clinical coverage policies. State law requires that the Department consult with and seek advice from the NC Physician Advisory Group and other […]

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  • Legislative Update: MAT Waiver

    Legislative Updates: Medication Assisted Treatment Waiver by Sarah Wolfe, Assistant Vice-President, McGuire Woods Consulting  At this month’s North Carolina Medical Board meeting, NCAPA requested that the Physician Assistant Advisory Meeting (PAAM) review the supervising physician requirement for PAs who have acquired the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which […]

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  • Prior Approval Required for Some Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions

    Important Information for Medicaid and Health Choice Providers: Medicaid announced it will require prior approval for outpatient opioid prescriptions in certain situations. Please click here for details: https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/PA_Criteria-Opioid-Analgesics.pdf

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  • NC DOT Confirms DMV Compliance with SB160

    NCAPA received confirmation from the Department of Transportation that all of the following DMV forms have been updated to allow PAs and NPs to certify handicapped designation: Application for Handicapped Driver’s Registration Plate Medical Certification for Application & Renewal of Disability Parking Placard Application for Renewal of Disability Parking Placard or Total and Permanent Disability […]

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