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January 2019 Newsletter
Happy New Year! In this issue:
  • Important Medicaid Transformation updates from CCWNC
  • Positive patient experiences bring joy and meaning to care managers
  • Provider champions for hepatitis C treatment in western NC
  • Medicaid primary care rate increases
  • Behavioral Health Update: annual visit limit exemption for opioid codes
  • CCPN Update: value-based practice dashboard
  • The QI Minute: transitions of care
  • Upcoming Events

Medicaid Transformation Updates
CCWNC Restructures: Preparation for Managed Care Underway

This month, the Board of CCWNC voted to align more closely with CCNC's Central Office in Raleigh by integrating our Medicaid-funded staff with its business entity effective 3/1/2019. This decision allows us to most effectively and efficiently support robust, locally-based care management and provider services with a smaller budget and footprint. This bold, proactive step is one of many implemented to position the organization for success in Medicaid Transformation.

While internal operations will begin to shift at CCWNC our local offices will remain open and our commitment to our patients, practices, and community remains!  We will continue to deliver on our current  and future Medicaid contracts, and CCWNC's Board continues to evaluate future options for the locally-funded, non-Medicaid work that we are engaged in with our many area partners.

AMH Tier 3 Attestation Deadline Approaches

January 31, 2019 is the deadline to complete the NC DHHS Tier Attestation that positions Tier 3 practices advantageously to contract with Prepaid Health Plans chosen by the state in February. Contact for help assessing your options, or for more information about the Tier 3 benefits CCPN can provide!
Making a Difference for Patients and Providers
Deena Duncan, RN Care Manager with CCWNC, shares the story of her patient Albert Fleming, whose positivity, persistence, and spirit of gratitude made a strong impression on her during the holiday season. To see each patient as a gift themselves, bringing meaning to the work of care managers, is an outlook encouraged by CCWNC and fostered by our teams throughout the year.
David Craig, MD with Mountain Community Health Partnership, and Jessica Tipton, CCWNC RN Care Manager, have worked together to build a successful Hepatitis C treatment program. They and other innovators are leading the way in fighting the Hep C epidemic. The state is also recruiting more providers for this work through the CHAMP Program.
Medicaid Rate Increase:
NCDHHS has announced a major rate increase for Medicaid primary care beginning early 2019. Providers will see rates increase to Medicare or near-Medicare rates.
Behavioral Health Update:
NC Medicaid adds two ICD-10-CM codes for Opioid Dependence treatment to the visit limit exemption list effective January 1, 2019. See NC Medicaid Annual Visit  for more.
CCPN Update:
CCPN offers a new Value-based Practice Dashboard to provide clinicians with actionable information targeting their impactible patients.
The QI Minute:
Short segments that cover the value-based care components of Medicaid AMH Attestation, including key functions that CINs can fulfill. See our next topic:
Upcoming Events
The next quarterly Practice Resource Meeting will be held via Webex only on January 22nd from 9-10:30 am. Invitations with the Webex link will be sent prior to the event, which will also be recorded. Contact Krystina Ford for questions about attendance or receiving the recorded video link.

January's Agenda includes "Preparing Patients for Transition to Prepaid Health Plans", and updates from Medicaid Services and NC Tracks.
The next Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program (CHAMP) Boot Camp is on January 11, 2019 in Durham, NC. 
CHAMP is a telemedicine training program intended for prescribing providers who wish to incorporate hepatitis C care into their practice. Click here to register.
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