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NC Medicaid Quality Improvement Priorities

May 1, 2024 10:58:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Medicaid Managed Care, Quality Improvement, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, care management, collaborative care, CoCM

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The NC Medicaid 2024 Quality Symposium (save the date: October 2, 2024 [registration information to come]) will highlight three topics that coincide with NC Medicaid quality improvement priorities. The presenters will share the quality improvement initiatives they have implemented to improve outcomes for Medicaid members. Below are the details for each presentation, including presentation title, presentation date, presenter and registration link. Click on each registration link to learn more and register.

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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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Medicaid: Some policies permanent, others sunsetting June 30th

Jun 22, 2022 9:38:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, Primary Care, OB/GYN, behavioral health, Pediatrics

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Based on the North Carolina State of Emergency established through Executive Order (EO) 116, NC Medicaid implemented temporary changes to clinical policy to support providers and beneficiaries during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

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