NCMGMA Boasts Largest Advocacy Days Ever!

With over 115 attendees in-house on Wednesday, NCMGMA celebrated our largest-ever Advocacy Days event. Our speaker lineup this year included Attorney General Josh Stein; Chip Baggett, NCMS; Cody Hand, NCHS; NC State Treasurer Dale Folwell; Dr. Mandy Cohen, DHHS; and a panel that include four of the newest Medicaid Managed Care payors. Our speakers and panelists brought our attendees up-to-date on everything from the State Health Plan to the latest happenings with Medicaid Managed Care.

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And just this morning, over 40 members set out to meet with their representatives at the North Carolina General Assembly to discuss important healthcare issues including:

  • Joint HHS Appropriations Committee for Medicaid Managed Care and the importance of awareness of the additional requirements now shifting to the providers due to multiple types of Insurance Carriers. Additionally, changes to the Fee for Service contracts moving to value-based care contracts and the administrative burden shifting to providers.
  • The Save Act asking providers not to vote for this bill as supervision from physicians is necessary to maintain the highest quality of care for our NC residents.
  • HB184 – Study of State Health Plan Design, asking to keep the bill as it currently is until more definite options are in place for quality and cost savings for the members and tax payers.
  • S886 – In favor of the Small Business Healthcare Act reducing employees from 26 to 12.

Thank you to all who came out for this year’s Advocacy Days, and a big thank you to Melissa White and Cam Cox, NCMGMA’s Advocacy Days co-chairs, for all their hard work in putting this event together for our members!

2019 NCMGMA Annual Conference

ac19-themepic300aDon’t forget to join us in Wilmington, May 8-10, 2019, for NCMGMA’s Annual Conference to network and receive additional advocacy updates, including:

  • A session on the Blue Premier Update from BCBSNC’s Mark Werner
  • “The Health of Healthcare Politics in NC” from Representative Dr. Murphy and Representative Josh Dobson
  • The “State of Change” with Nathan Babcock of Parker Poe
  • And More!

Click here to view the complete list of conference sessions and to start making plans to join your colleagues in Wilmington in May.

Send Us Your Advocacy Day Questions!

Have Questions for Our Advocacy Day
Panelists and Speakers?

Send in your questions early to info@ncmgm.org to ensure they are asked of our speakers and panelists. Topics and areas of interest include:

    • Medicaid Transformation
    • State Health Plan Changes
    • State Legislature Issues – General

If you have not already registered for Advocacy Days, sign up today. Early registration discounts end today, February 27th. Complete event details, including registration, can be found below or on our website here.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday
March 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Legislative Program Sessions:
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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General
Join us for a candid discussion as the NC Attorney General, Josh Stein, updates NCMGMA membership on how the Department of Justice is working to protect the business of North Carolina’s healthcare industry including updates on medical marijuana and the current opioid crisis.
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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bowtie Briefing LIVE
Chip Baggett, North Carolina Medical Society
Always a fan favorite, hear about the many hot topics affecting medical practices in North Carolina. Chip Baggett will provide the group with insight into all that is happening in downtown Raleigh during the current session.
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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cody Hand
Senior VP, Advocacy & Policy; Deputy General Counsel
North Carolina Healthcare Association
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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Dale Folwell, State Treasurer of North Carolina
Mr. Folwell will present on high-priority items including reimbursement changes for State Health Plan patients, the state’s relationship with Blue Cross, and the cost-saving measures the treasury department has demanded. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to the Treasurer face-to-face about how the proposed fee schedule will impact your practice!
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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Dr. Mandy Cohen, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Hear the latest updates on Medicaid transformation and the critical timelines you need to know as the program moves forward. DHHS has announced their selections for PHP insurers, and we will be prepared to answer questions onsite about the carriers that will administer Medicaid benefits and claims adjudication, and the state’s role in overseeing the contracting and credentialing process and ensuring carrier compliance.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Medicaid Managed Care Panel

  • Chris Paterson, Carolina Complete Health
  • Jesse Thomas, BCBS
  • Candice Bowen, WellCare
  • Anita Bachmann, United Healthcare
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Medical Mutual Logo ImageNetworking Reception
Sponsored by Medical Mutual

Join fellow Advocacy Days attendees, speakers and sponsors for an evening of fellowship and networking before we gear up for Thursday’s assembly meetings and legislative visits.
Thursday
March 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Organized Legislative Visits and General Assembly Meetings

Registration

Registration
Advocacy Days registration includes educational sessions, lunch and Medical Mutual reception on Wednesday, March 13th, and organized legislative visits on March 14th. The cost to register is $95 for NCMGMA members, $125 for non-members and $45 for students. The early registration cutoff is February 27th. After 2/27, the cost of registration increases $20 per-person for members and non-members, and $10 per-person for students.

Click here for online registration!

General Information

Hotel Accommodations
Reserve your room now at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Limited standard rooms are available at the discounted rate of $189/night for single/double occupancy plus tax. To reserve your hotel room, please call the hotel directly at 1 (888) 236-2427. Guests making such reservations must identify themselves as members of the NCMGMA. All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. If a guest does not cancel a reservation within 48 hours before 6:00 PM of the guest’s check-in date, then Hotel may charge the credit card one night’s room fee plus any applicable taxes.

Registration Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received on or before 5:00 PM on March 5th are entitled to a full refund less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be awarded for cancellations after 3/5 or for no-shows.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the NCMGMA Advocacy Days, please contact the NCMGMA offices at 800-753-MGMA (6462) or by email at info@ncmgm.org.

Speak Out for NC Healthcare March 13-14 in Raleigh


Speak out for patients, physicians and the business of healthcare in North Carolina

This year, join us March 13th and 14th in Raleigh as we host our annual Advocacy Days which we promise to be packed full of information you cannot afford to miss! There is no shortage of issues at hand in North Carolina and NOW is the time to make our voices heard! Register today!

Schedule of Events

Wednesday
March 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Legislative Program Sessions Include: 
Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General
Join us for a candid discussion as the NC Attorney General, Josh Stein, updates NCMGMA membership on how the Department of Justice is working to protect the business of North Carolina’s healthcare industry including updates on medical marijuana and the current opioid crisis.
Bowtie Briefing LIVE
Chip Baggett, North Carolina Medical Society

Always a fan favorite, hear about the many hot topics affecting medical practices in North Carolina. Chip Baggett will provide the group with insight into all that is happening in downtown Raleigh during the current session.
Dale Folwell, State Treasurer of North Carolina
Mr. Folwell will present on high-priority items including reimbursement changes for State Health Plan patients, the state’s relationship with Blue Cross, and the cost-saving measures the treasury department has demanded. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to the Treasurer face-to-face about how the proposed fee schedule will impact your practice!
Dr. Mandy Cohen, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Hear the latest updates on Medicaid transformation and the critical timelines you need to know as the program moves forward. As DHHS plans to announce their selections for PHP insurers in February, we will be prepared to ask questions onsite about the carriers that will administer Medicaid benefits and claims adjudication, as well as the state’s role in overseeing the contracting and credentialing process and ensuring carrier compliance.

Cody Hand
Senior VP, Advocacy & Policy; Deputy General Counsel
North Carolina Healthcare Association

More to come!
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception
Sponsored by Medical Mutual
Join fellow Advocacy Day attendees, speakers and sponsors for an evening of fellowship and networking before we
gear up for Thursday’s assembly meetings and legislative visits.
Thursday
March 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Organized Legislative Visits and General Assembly Meetings

Speakers

Josh Stein
Attorney General
North Carolina Department of Justice
Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General on January 1, 2017. Stein is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud.

Stein has made combating the opioid crisis a top priority. His office drafted the STOP Act to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids through smarter prescribing practices and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act, closing loopholes in state criminal law concerning fentanyl. Both laws passed the General Assembly unanimously and were signed into law by the Governor.

Prior to being elected Attorney General, Stein served as a state Senator and as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice. In the State Senate, Stein successfully led efforts to put more violent criminals behind bars by expanding the state’s DNA database. Stein wrote the School Safety Act and legislation that banned stalking using GPS tracking devices.

Chip Baggett, Juris Doctor
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Advancement
Associate General Counsel
North Carolina Medical Society

In his capacity as Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Advancement Associate General Counsel, Chip is responsible for state level advocacy efforts (primarily focused on the NC General Assembly) as well as communications and fundraising for the NCMS and NCMS Foundation.

Chip has a long history in organizational advancement and advocacy. Dating back to college, he has fundraised in numerous paid as well as volunteer capacities. He has led successful corporate and personal annual fund programs and gone through training at the Indiana School of Fundraising. Chip has worked in many different facets of health care ranging from a children’s science and health museum and pharmaceutical sales before going to work directly for physicians and PAs as a medical society executive, first at the county level and then here at NCMS.

Dale Folwell, CPA
Treasurer
The State of North Carolina

Dale R. Folwell, CPA was sworn in as State Treasurer of North Carolina in January 2017. As the keeper of the public purse, Treasurer Folwell is responsible for a $100 billion state pension fund that provides retirement benefits for more than 900,000 teachers, law enforcement officers, and other public workers.

Under Folwell’s leadership, the pension plan was rated among the top five highest-funded in the country and won accolades for proactive management and funding discipline. In 2018 the state’s coveted AAA bond rating was reaffirmed by every major rating agency, making North Carolina one of only 13 states in the country to hold that distinction. Treasurer Folwell also oversees the State Health Plan, which provides medical and pharmaceutical benefits to more than 720,000 current and retired public employees and is the largest purchaser of health care in North Carolina.

Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH
Secretary
NC Dept. of Health and Human Services

Since being appointed as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in January 2017, Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, and her team have worked tirelessly to improve the health safety and well-being of North Carolinians. DHHS is a cabinet-level agency with approximately 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion. Among her top priorities are combating the opioid crisis, building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, and improving early childhood education.

A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Here is what others said about
NCMGMA’s Advocacy Days:

 “Pertinent and timely issues impacting the practice due to legislation passed,
Medicaid, and State Health Plan.”

“Excellent. Speakers were great and relative to all that is happening in NC right now.
Well worth the time and money. Dinner was delicious!”

“I wanted to learn more about Medicaid and was extremely pleased. I wish
I had planned to stay for the Legislative day, next year – I will!”

Registration

Registration
Advocacy Days registration includes educational sessions, lunch and Medical Mutual reception on Wednesday, March 13th, and organized legislative visits on March 14th. The cost to register is $95 for NCMGMA members, $125 for non-members and $45 for students. The early registration cutoff is February 27th. After 2/27, the cost of registration increases $20 per person for members and non-members, and $10 per person for students.

General Information

Hotel Accommodations
Reserve your room now at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Limited standard rooms are available at the discounted rate of $189/night for single/double occupancy plus tax. To reserve your hotel room, please call the hotel directly at 1 (888) 236-2427. Guests making such reservations must identify themselves as members of the NCMGMA. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. If a guest does not cancel a reservation within 48 hours before 6:00 PM of the guest’s check-in date, then Hotel may charge the credit card one night’s room fee plus any applicable taxes.

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received on or before 5:00 PM on March 5th are entitled to a full refund less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be awarded for cancellations after 3/5 or for no-shows.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the NCMGMA Advocacy Days, please contact the NCMGMA offices at 800-753-MGMA (6462) or by email at info@ncmgm.org.

January 15th HR Updates Webinar is Next Week

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January Lunch & Learn Webinar: HR Updates

January 15, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sponsored by Medical Mutual

Program

Dee Brown, HR Advisor for Medical Mutual’s HR|Experts program, can help you with any human resources issue, from wage and hour situations to leadership development. Join us on January 15th as Dee discusses the essential points of operating successful medical practice personnel management. Plenty of time will also be devoted to answering your various HR questions.

Speaker

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Human Resources Advisor
HR|Experts
Dee Brown is the HR Advisor for the Medical Mutual HR|Experts’ program. With significant HR experience, Dee is a dedicated, on-call resource for all Medical Mutual members. HR|Experts is a benefit of membership in Medical Mutual, provided at no additional cost.

Dee has been an HR professional and consultant for more than 30 years, with business experience in both the private and public sectors. She spent the last decade running her own HR consulting firm, Brown Human Resources Consulting. Over the course of her career, Dee has worked with small, mid-size, and large global companies, such as MCI, ReEnergy Holdings, Glaxo, CCME, and BASF.

Dee provides sound advice and guidance through email, phone calls, and live chat. She monitors trends and current events and provides resource guides, compliance e-alerts, quarterly newsletters, and monthly webinars to provide practical advice on HR topics related to the business of running a medical practice. She is based in Raleigh but serves all Medical Mutual members.

Registration

This webinar is complimentary for NCMGMA members and $50 for non-members. Space is limited so make sure to register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

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

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Questions

For questions or more information please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org.

January 15th Lunch and Learn Webinar: HR Updates

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January Lunch & Learn Webinar: HR Updates

January 15, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sponsored by Medical Mutual

Program

Dee Brown, HR Advisor for Medical Mutual’s HR|Experts program, can help you with any human resources issue, from wage and hour situations to leadership development. Join us on January 15th as Dee discusses the essential points of operating successful medical practice personnel management. Plenty of time will also be devoted to answering your various HR questions.

Speaker

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Human Resources Advisor
HR|Experts
Dee Brown is the HR Advisor for the Medical Mutual HR|Experts’ program. With significant HR experience, Dee is a dedicated, on-call resource for all Medical Mutual members. HR|Experts is a benefit of membership in Medical Mutual, provided at no additional cost.

Dee has been an HR professional and consultant for more than 30 years, with business experience in both the private and public sectors. She spent the last decade running her own HR consulting firm, Brown Human Resources Consulting. Over the course of her career, Dee has worked with small, mid-size, and large global companies, such as MCI, ReEnergy Holdings, Glaxo, CCME, and BASF.

Dee provides sound advice and guidance through email, phone calls, and live chat. She monitors trends and current events and provides resource guides, compliance e-alerts, quarterly newsletters, and monthly webinars to provide practical advice on HR topics related to the business of running a medical practice. She is based in Raleigh but serves all Medical Mutual members.

Registration

This webinar is complimentary for NCMGMA members and $50 for non-members. Space is limited so make sure to register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

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

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Questions

For questions or more information please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org.

November 20th Webinar: NCMS-MAHEC Practice Transformation Project

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Practice Transformation Project:
Step Ladder for Success and Resiliency

November 20, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Program

In June 2017, The North Carolina Medical Society engaged in a partnership with Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) to provide professional services to design and manage a pilot program to help rural, independent practices build capacity to survive in a value-based reimbursement environment. This webinar will highlight the pilot program and the tools and processes used to engage practices in creating a tailored plan for improvement, the steps to implement the plan and a description of achievements.

Speakers

lln18-mcdowellDr. Leslie McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who has years of experience in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Primary Care settings. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Florida and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama. As a practice facilitator and quality improvement professional and Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert, she has supported practices in their efforts to provide patient-centered high quality care while managing the multiple challenges they face in today’s health care delivery environment. Leslie is passionate about engaging patients in their care, assisting providers who feel overwhelmed and ensuring safe effective health care for everyone

lln18-robertsTerri Roberts, MS, PCMH, CCE, has extensive knowledge of electronic health records and current healthcare reform, regulations and trends. She currently provides consultation and support services to medical practices in the 16-county NC MAHEC region in the effective utilization of EHRs, practice redesign/operations, data analysis, outcome reports, revenue cycle management and Quality Improvement including PCMH and QRUR. In her role at MAHEC, she has served the NC western practices as a CMS Regional Extension Center for MU and now MACRA under the CMS QIO. Terri has more than 30 years of management experience with hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory care services and marketing. She has served as practice administrator for both specialist and primary care providers, was the Medicare Systems Administrator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC and was Program Director of a regional wound care and hyperbaric center.

lln18-holmstromMark Holmstrom, MSHA, FACHE, CMPE, has extensive experience in physician practice operations, hospital operations, strategic planning, business development and process improvement. His professional experience of over 20 years has taken him throughout the southeast into different settings and types of organizations. He has worked in academic and community health systems, a community hospital, a large not-for-profit health system, and a private physician practice. His current work as a MAHEC QI Consultant involves assisting practices to identify opportunities for improvement and helping them implement change to achieve positive results. He enjoys interacting with healthcare professionals and finding new and more efficient ways of providing high quality and high value healthcare. He feels that good data analysis can lead to great decision making and he has not found a spreadsheet that he doesn’t like. Mr. Holmstrom earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Registration

This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

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

Questions

For questions or more information please contact the NC Medical Society offices at ncmsfoundation@ncmedsoc.org.

10th Annual Advocacy Days a Success

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10th Annual Advocacy Days a Success

The NCMGMA Advocacy Days event had a very positive response from the members who were able to attend. Some of the feedback describing the experience:

“Pertinent and timely issues impacting the practice due to legislation passed, Medicaid, and State Health Plan.”

“Excellent. Speakers were great and relative to all that is happening in NC right now. Well worth the time and money. Dinner was delicious!”

“I wanted to learn more about Medicaid and was extremely pleased. I wish I had planned to stay for the Legislative day, next year – I will!”

Attendees learned about the future of many different healthcare issues that will affect our state both now and in the future, including Medicaid Managed care, new legislation impacting our provider networks, and updates on hot healthcare topics currently being debated in Raleigh. In addition to the education sessions, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to engage with peers from other practices; they were able to proactively share challenges and solutions.

Finally, several attendees of the legislative visits also learned a great deal about what actually happens at the legislative level when concerns are raised by the public (when visiting the legislature, that’s US!). Attendees were able to witness and talk to the people who establish the criteria for what is heard by our lawmakers and also HOW it is being heard from different constituencies. They saw the true impact of what it means to make sure your voice is represented.

The Advocacy committee and NCMGMA Board would like to thank all the attendees for participating. Though our positions are sometimes varied, we do many times speak with a singular voice on many of the issues facing our practices. Your active participation in both education and advocating for our practices is invaluable; we thank you for making our organization a success!