Charlotte AHEC Practice Support
April Newsletter

Important Updates Regarding Submission of Claims – COVID-19

  • On March 22, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET, the Uninsured Program will stop accepting claims for testing and treatment due to lack of sufficient funds.
  • On April 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET, the Uninsured Program will also stop accepting vaccination claims due to a lack of sufficient funds.

Read the full details here: COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured

North Carolina Database Application for Vital Events – NCDAVE

North Carolina Vital Records is implementing the N.C. Database Application for Vital Events (NCDAVE) system to transition from paper to electronic death records. The Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) is a secure, web-based, statewide online system used to electronically register death certificates. Effective May 1, 2022, the North Carolina Office of Vital Records requires electronic death registration via NCDAVE. See your partners area announcements for more details.

For more information visit: NCDHHS: DPH: NC Vital Records: NCDAVE / EDRS Login and New User Enrollment: Logon (vitalchek.com)

CMS Small Practice Webpage and Newsletter

Join New QPP Newsletter for Small Underserved, and Rural Practices Support The Quality Payment Program’s (QPP) Small, Underserved, and Rural Support (SURS) initiative ended on February 15, 2022 as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) only provided for 5 years of direct support. CMS is committed to providing continued support and educational resources for small, underserved and rural practices participating in QPP and will continue to have options available.

Visit the QPP to learn more and sign up: Support for Small, Underserved, and Rural Practices - QPP (cms.gov)

Did you know Charlotte AHEC offers an RN Refresher program?

For over 30 years, the NC Area Health Education Center RN Refresher Program has helped thousands of nurses rejuvenate their careers and go back to work. Now more than ever, our state needs nurses. It is a self-paced Refresher Program for Registered Nurses who want to return to active clinical practice. Students who enroll in the accelerated RN Refresher program between February 1 and April 30 will receive a tuition discount of $250.

Questions? Contact Kathryn Fitzpatrick DNP, RN, NPD-BC

North Carolina no longer requires a doctor’s prescription for birth control.

People in North Carolina no longer need a doctor’s prescription to get hormonal birth control. Under a new law passed last year that went into effect February 1, contraceptive pills and patches can be bought at local drugstores and community pharmacies — after a brief consultation with a pharmacist.

Read the full article: North Carolina no longer requires a doctor’s prescription for birth control. But who can afford it? - North Carolina Health News

Read the text of the law: sl2021-110.pdf (ncleg.gov)

Reprocessing of Claims Due to Underpayment

This reprocessing notice applies to professional claims that were processed and paid in NCTracks from April 2, 2017 through July 19, 2018. NCTracks records show you have affected claims.

Read the full announcement: NCTracks-Claims-Reprocessing-Notice-3.2.2022.pdf (ncmedsoc.org)

New Legislation Extends Medicaid for Pregnant Beneficiaries from 60 Days to 12 Months After Birth Effective April 1, 2022

  • All Medicaid beneficiaries who are pregnant and have benefits in a program that covers the birth of the child will be able to access full coverage Medicaid benefits for the duration of pregnancy and the extended 12-month postpartum period.
  • Prior Authorization guidelines currently in place to limit services related to pregnancy and to other conditions that may complicate pregnancy will be removed.

Read the full announcement here: Medicaid for Pregnant Beneficiaries Extended to 12 Months After Birth | NC Medicaid (ncdhhs.gov)

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