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Infant and Specialty Formula Shortage Update

May 18, 2022 2:30:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, Pediatrics, infant formula

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From HRSA: The FDA recently published an update about the infant and specialty formula shortage.

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It's Easy and Free to Connect with NCCARE360

Mar 2, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, nccare360, Pediatrics, care management, referral

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If you are not already connected and using the NCCARE360 platform, now is the time to learn more! Join Meghan Knight, Community Engagement Manager for a free information session to learn how you can easily connect your patients to community resources.

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Are your providers registered with NCDAVE? Electronic Death Certification effective March 1, 2022

Feb 23, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, practice management

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North Carolina is converting to all electronic death certification effective March 1, 2022, using the NCDAVE platform. 

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Live, (no-cost) Webinars from UNC Lineberger Cancer Network

Feb 9, 2022 12:30:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, oncology, Preventive Care, screening, continuing education

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Our colleagues at the UNC Lineberger Cancer Network have a variety of live and on-demand content that may be of interest to you.  In particular, the 'Patient Centered Care' series includes topics relevant to primary care clinicians. While it is short notice for the webinar this Friday, consider saving time on your calendar for future offerings (the March 9th event may be especially relevant for you).

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NC Matters: An important FREE resource for Primary Care Providers

Feb 3, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, mental health, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, depression

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Postpartum depression is a form of depression that occurs in some women following pregnancy and delivery. It is one of the most common medical complications during the six months following childbirth and is associated with adverse outcomes for both mother and child. In North Carolina, nearly 11% of women experienced postpartum depression.  Source: America's Health Rankings https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/health-of-women-and-children/measure/postpartum_depression/state/NC  

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Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 Payments Released

Feb 2, 2022 10:30:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Primary Care, recovery, reimbursement, finance

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On Tuesday, January 25, HHS announced that it is disbursing an additional $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 payments. Like the payments allocated in December, these will be based on lost revenues and increased expenses due to COVID-19 and will be made to health care providers who previously applied for relief funds.

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Physician Fee Schedule includes values for new CPT codes

Jan 26, 2022 2:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, telehealth, reimbursement

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Need MOC IV Credit? NC AHEC Practice Support Can Help!

Jan 26, 2022 8:07:16 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, Quality Improvement, Pediatrics, MOC IV

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The North Carolina AHEC Practice Support Program is an approved Project of the North Carolina Maintenance of Certification (NC MOC) Program, an approved sponsor of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) Multi-specialty Portfolio Program (MSPP). Most ABMS Member Boards recognize this participation as an option to meet Part IV requirements. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) also accepts NC MOC credit for physician assistants.
Through this approval, physicians and physician assistants who work with an NC AHEC Practice Support coach to improve care for patients will meet the requirements of their specialty boards to maintain certification in their specialties. (NPs see below)

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Hope 4NC and Hope 4Healers Helpline

Jan 5, 2022 12:37:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Primary Care, mental health

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From NC DHHS:

The stress of life, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, can feel overwhelming. But you don’t have to handle it on your own. 

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Using Z-codes to Document Social Determinants of Health

Jan 4, 2022 2:30:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, Primary Care

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The Z-codes Z-55-Z-65 are used to document data related to issues a person faces related to where they are born, live, learn, work, play, and age. One's physical environment, and social, and economic factors significantly affect how long and well we live---much more than clinically provided health care.  As you begin to screen your patients and uncover these factors, it is vital to codify what you have learned through the use of these z-codes.

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