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Opioid Use Disorder Screening and Treatment

May 14, 2024 1:12:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, medicare, screening, opioid use disorder, Medicare advantage


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Medicare pays for opioid use disorder (OUD) screenings performed by physicians and non-physician practitioners.  If you diagnose your patient with OUD, they also pay for treatment services.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Reimbursement Changes for 2023

Jan 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, medicare, cancer, screening



  • Colorectal cancer was the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in North Carolina in 2019.

  • Data from 2020 shows that 20% of people aged 50-75 in the US have never been screened for this disease.

  • In March 2021, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed screening recommendations to lower the age to begin screening from 50 to 45.

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April 7th: National Alcohol Screening Day

Mar 30, 2022 2:45:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in alcohol use, screening


Unhealthy alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 

Risky drinking is associated with:

  • Cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, colon, liver and breast
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Injuries and accidents
  • Miscarriages / still birth
  • Depression and Suicide

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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


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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