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The Pulse
  • 2019 PA Day at the NC Legislature

    By Caroline Griswold, NCAPA Program Coordinator On April 10th, 34 practicing PAs and PA students, along with NCAPA staff, gathered at the Stead Center in Durham to prepare for the 4th Annual PA Day at the NC Legislature. The day started with a crash course on legislative advocacy, presented by NCAPA Executive Director Emily Adams […]

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  • Medicaid Reimbursement Increase

    On January 1, the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that the state plans to amend Medicaid to raise the rates for Evaluation and Management procedure codes for ACA defined primary care practitioners including PAs. The public notice can be found here.

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  • 2018 Post-Election Update

    On November 6, North Carolina House and Senate seats, as well as the U.S. House and various judicial and local seats, were all up for reelection. In total, a little over 3.75 million of the approximately seven million registered voters in the state turned out for the General Election.   Republicans, who presently hold a […]

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  • 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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  • PA Day at the NC Legislature Success!

    PA Day at the NC Legislature is always a highlight of my year as a PA in North Carolina, but 2018’s adventure on May 30th was the best yet. Rain was in the forecast, but it held off as we convened in downtown Raleigh. There were some familiar faces in attendance and then some Campbell […]

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