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Welcome New Members

Our membership continues to grow! Take a look at the list of healthcare professionals and students who have recently joined NCMGMA (November 29, 2017 through January 2, 2018):


  • Ashley Adkins, UNC Family Medicine at Knightdale/UNCPN, Knightdale, NC
  • Tammy Beaney, Children’s Health of Carolina, PA DBA Cumberland Childrens Clinic, Fayetteville, NC
  • Ricky Byrd, UNC Physicians Network, Morrisville, NC
  • Kristin Floyd, UNC Family Medicine at West Raleigh/UNC Health Care, Raleigh, NC
  • Wendy Gatewood, UNCPN-Johnston, Clayton, NC
  • Tammy Gaydon, Cone Health Medical Group, Greensboro, NC
  • Katie Gessner, Gibbons Family Medicine/UNCPN, Cary, NC
  • Leslie Hopkins, UNC Physicians Network, Morrisville, NC
  • Brian Hunt, Cone Health Medical Group, Greensboro, NC
  • Kathy Inman, FH PG LLC Carolina Family Medicine, Rockingham, NC
  • Andrea Johnson, Knightdale Family Medicine/UNCPN, Knightdale, NC
  • Felicia Johnson, UNCPN/Rex Pediatrics of Cary, Cary, NC
  • Sarah Lanier, UNC Primary Care at Smithfield/UNC Physicians Network, Smithfield, NC
  • Erica Mathies, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
  • Rafael Otero, UNCPN, Morrisville, NC
  • Paula Revels Locklear, Pembroke Pediatrics, a division of Children’s Health of Carolina, Pembroke, NC
  • Patricia Starling, UNC Physicians Network, Clayton, NC
  • Michael Steele, Capital Dermatology of NC, Raleigh, NC
  • Penny Stefanick, UNC Family Medicine at Fuguay Varina, Fuguay Varina, NC
  • Cynthia Szuch, Carrboro Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Carrboro, NC
  • JoEllyn Trad, UNCPN, Morrisville, NC
  • Leslie Walraven, Cisco Life Connections, RTP, NC
  • Angela Wardlaw, Associated Urologists of NC, Raleigh, NC
  • Valerie Wilson, UNC Physicians Network, Morrisville, NC


  • Scott Downs, Physicians Wear Medical Linen Service, Columbia, NC
  • Elizabeth McCullough, Young Moore and Henderson P.A., Raleigh, NC
  • Holly O’Neal, MedPro Group, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Michelle Shanks, Summit Credit Union, Greensboro, NC


  • Jordan Massey, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


North Carolina State Salary Survey Available Now

The 2018 MGMA North Carolina State Salary Survey is now open! By participating in this survey, you’re contributing to gold-standard benchmark data and helping produce more North Carolina-specific benchmarking data.

Use this link
to begin completing your 2018 State Salary Survey.

This year, you have the option to participate in the State Salary Survey, or a combined version of both the Provider Compensation Survey and State Salary Survey. Please select which survey you wish to participate in. From here, you won’t have to navigate away from this page and only required questions are included. Participation is easier than ever before! Remember to bookmark this special survey link!

As a benefit of participating, you’ll receive complimentary access to the results through MGMA DataDive. February 16th is the deadline to complete this year’s survey.

Need help getting started? Check out the State MGMA Survey Participation page [] to make sure you have everything you need to begin.

For more information on all MGMA surveys, please visit

Need one-on-one help?
MGMA data analysts are available Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm MT.
Toll-free: 877.275.6462, ext. 1895

MLN Connects: Thursday, January 11, 2018

MLN Connects is the official news source of the Medicare Learning Network (MLN). Here is the latest news, posted January 11, 2018.  Click on the header links for detailed information about each bullet item.

News & Announcements

  • New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-effectiveness for Both Inpatient and Outpatient Care
  • SNF Quality Reporting Program Confidential Feedback Reports
  • Hospital Quality Reporting: Updated CY 2018 QRDA I Schematron
  • January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Provider Compliance

  • Proper Use of the KX Modifier for Part B Immunosuppressive Drug Claims – Reminder

Upcoming Events

  • New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum – January 23
  • ESRD QIP: Final Rule for CY 2018 Call – January 23

Medicare Learning Network Publications & Multimedia

  • Major Joint Replacement (Hip or Knee) Booklet – New
  • Medicare-Required SNF PPS Assessments Educational Tool – Revised

NCMGMA-NCMSF January 16th Webinar: Choosing Wisely

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Choosing Wisely
When Less is More for Your Patients:
Addressing the Overuse of Tests & Procedures

January 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and education material development from Consumer Reports. The campaign helps healthcare providers and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and supports efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices. The North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance partners with Duke Health, Cornerstone Health Care, the North Carolina Medical Society, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics to treat viral infections in adults along with several other tests or procedures.

This webinar, presented by Dr. Yates Lennon, includes an overview of Choosing Wisely, his local experience in the Cornerstone Health Care practice, results and findings, and tips on implementing the program in a local practice.


Yates Lennon, MD, MMM, FACOG
Chief Quality Officer
Cornerstone Health Care
Dr. Lennon practiced for 23-years as a full-time OB/GYN. For the last 2 years he has served as the Chief Quality Officer for Cornerstone Health Care, an affiliate of Wake Baptist Health. In May 2017 he graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Medical Management program. In his role as Chief Quality Officer he seeks to ensure Cornerstone providers have the tools they need to deliver high-quality, value-driven healthcare.


This webinar is complimentary but space is limited so make sure to register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

Click here to register

Continuing education credit may be granted through your professional organization (MGMA, PAHCOM, AHIMA, etc.). Please self-submit for these organizations.


For questions or more information please contact the NC Medical Society offices at

2018 NCMGMA Legislative Priorities Survey

The NCMGMA Advocacy Leadership have identified the following issues as top priorities for 2018. You can click on the following links for information on our top priority issues:

We are looking for to help prioritize these issues. We would appreciate it if you would please take a moment to take our brief survey.

You can access the survey here.

MLN Connects: Thursday, January 4, 2018

News & Announcements

  • CMS Launches Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program
  • CMS Updates Website to Compare Hospital Quality
  • Patients over Paperwork: Get Updates on Burden Reduction
  • Quality Payment Program: Qualified Registries and QCDRs
  • Quality Payment Program Resources
  • EHR Incentive Program Hospitals: Use QNet to Attest
  • Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Resources
  • Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Section GG Web-based Training
  • Hospice Compare Update
  • Are You Prepared for a Health Care Emergency?
  • Get Your Patients Off to a Healthy Start in 2018

Provider Compliance

  • Hospice Election Statements Lack Required Information or Have Other Vulnerabilities – Reminder

Upcoming Events

  • Low Volume Appeals Settlement Option Call – January 9
  • ESRD QIP: Final Rule for CY 2018 Call – January 23

Medicare Learning Network Publications & Multimedia

  • Dementia Care Call: Audio Recording and Transcript – New
  • Avoiding Medicare Fraud & Abuse: A Roadmap for Physicians Booklet – Revised

2017 NCMGMA Impact Report


ncmgma18-ircvr200aAs the year comes to a close, the NCMGMA board of directors would like to share with you a glimpse into what 2017 looked like for the association. To increase our transparency and to give you a better idea of the overall activity of the organization, we have put together a 2017 Impact Report which you can access at the link below.

Inside you will find a letter from our 2016-17 President, Melissa White, metrics from our various 2017 programs and events, and a glimpse into our board’s vision for 2018. Our hope is that this report will help give you a better idea of the association’s activity and health, and how the membership dollars are spent.

We look forward to another successful year in 2018, continuing our vision of being “the leaders for tomorrow’s healthcare.”