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Social Determinants of Health Risk Assessment: CMS finalizes G code

Feb 27, 2024 8:28:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, medicare, health equity


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Today we bring you some news from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. CMS has finalized a new stand-alone G Code (G0136) to pay for administering an SDOH risk assessment, no more than once every 6 months:

G0136: Administration of a standardized, evidence-based SDOH assessment, 5-15 minutes, not more often than every 6 months.

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Highlighted Resource: Health Literacy–Informed Communication to Reduce Discharge Medication Errors in Hospitalized Children

Feb 21, 2024 8:30:00 AM / by Janice Moore, MLS posted in hospital, Pediatrics, health literacy


Do the caregivers of hospitalized children understand how to administer the children's medication after returning home?

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NC Medicaid Tailored Plans go live July 1, 2024: What you need to know

Feb 20, 2024 8:30:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Medicaid Managed Care, Primary Care, practice management, Tailored Plans



North Carolina Medicaid Division of Health Benefits (DHB) has announced that Tailored Plans (the health plans for qualifying members with mental health needs, substance use disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries) will start on July 1, 2024.

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Addressing the Healthcare Workforce Shortage, We Need Your Help

Feb 14, 2024 2:30:00 PM / by Megan Mills Anderson posted in NCAHEC, health careers, TPM


Dear Healthcare Partners, 

In an effort to better address the significant shortage of health care workers, Northwest AHEC is partnering with the NC Center on the Workforce for Health (NC AHEC, Sheps Center, NC IOM), the NC Chamber Foundation to develop and implement a plan to create the next generation of healthcare clinicians and staff.

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New CPT Codes for RSV Vaccine Administration

Feb 12, 2024 10:47:22 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, Vaccines, medicare



The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) retroactively added two new CPT codes for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine administration to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule files effective for dates of service on and after October 6, 2023.

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In NC, 9 Babies Died of Congenital Syphilis in 2023

Feb 7, 2024 1:28:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, Pregnancy, OB/GYN, family medicine, STIs, prenatal


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With only a single case in our state about a decade ago, congenital syphilis has been on the rise ever since.

In 2023, (according to preliminary data), North Carolina lost nine people from this completely preventable cause; with another 63 babies suffering from  congenital syphilis infection.  

According to Victoria Mobley, HIV/STI medical director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health, more than half of the mothers of the babies born with syphilis had no documented prenatal care at the time they delivered. Equally of concern, of the women who did have prenatal care, only 41% received appropriate screening tests, despite state law requirements for syphilis testing for anyone who is pregnant (at first pre-natal visit, again between 28-30 weeks gestation and at time of delivery). 

Sadly, this is a national epidemic, and more action must be taken to begin to address it.

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Collaborative Care Model Educational Opportunity

Feb 7, 2024 8:30:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, behavioral health, collaborative care



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Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) Provider Learning Collaborative

Role of the Psychiatric Consultant/Systematic Caseload Review

February 15, 2024 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, February 15 for the second Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) Provider Learning Collaborative which will focus on the following topic: Role of the Psychiatric Consultant/Systematic Caseload Review.

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Where Is "Family" in the Social Determinants of Health?

Jan 31, 2024 4:00:00 PM / by Janice Moore, MLS posted in Social Determinants of Health, health disparities


The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team supports social, physical, and economic environments which promote attaining the full potential of health and well-being for all. This blog segment highlights impactful publications which promote improved health outcomes through Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) each month.Muslim family home together-1

According to the highlighted article for this month, the importance of the family's role has been overlooked in the context of social determinants of health, despite the increasing attention towards this topic. The author discusses the implications of understanding and incorporating the family perspective in nursing practice, research, education, and policy. The article emphasizes the significance of acknowledging the impact of family dynamics on health results and proposes the necessity of a comprehensive approach to tackle health disparities.

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Improve Your Day With These Easy Desk Stretches!

Jan 31, 2024 8:00:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, exercise, practice management



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You've been sitting there longer than you meant to, right?

You have

  • Three reports that need to get done
  • Five more to do's on your list
  • 17 emails to respond to (and 33 more land in your inbox while you're on number 3)

    • The phone rings
    • Your supervisor is standing at your door looking frustrated

      Sound familiar? Just another (insert day of week here)!

No doubt you are feeling the tension building in your neck, shoulders, and arms....

Try these 3 Easy Desk Stretches!

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2024 Final Rule and MIPS Update

Jan 30, 2024 10:45:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in MIPS, Final Rule



Join in on this Webinar February 7th to hear more information about new programs and opportunities included in the 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule & MIPS updates.

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