September 2017 Newsletter
Alabama Medicaid is seeking public comment on two proposals: Integrated Care Networks and an amendment to the Alabama Home and Community-Based Intellectual Disabilities Waiver.

Integrated Care Networks | Comments Submitted by Sept. 19, 2017
Click here to read   a proposed rule the Medicaid Agency intends to file soon with the Alabama Legislative Reference Service. If you would like to submit any informal comments for consideration before the Agency files this rule, please submit them to  ICNinfo@medicaid.alabama.gov   on or before September 19, 2017.

Medicaid Intellectual Disabilities Waiver Amendment | Comments Submitted by October 8, 2017
The Alabama Medicaid Agency is seeking public comment on its proposal to amend the Alabama Home and Community-Based Intellectual Disabilities Waiver (ID Waiver).
The waiver supports Alabama citizens who have a diagnosis of Intellectual Disabilities and who would otherwise require the level of care offered in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) institution to remain in the community. The waiver provides services such as day services and in-home supports. The amendment proposes changes to the sections pertaining to Individual Directed Goods and Services and self-directed services.

A copy of the proposed application can be found on the Alabama Medicaid Agency website.  Click here to view waiver documents.
Earn 9.9 CEUs
with 2.3 pharm hours and 
4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™*
at the
11th Annual NPAA Conference!
The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama will hold its 11th Annual Advanced Nursing Practice Conference on October 27-28th, 2017 at the Hyatt Wynfrey Conference Center in Birmingham, AL (located at Galleria Mall). 
Come visit with the Sponsors: NovoNordisk, Alacare Home Health and Hospice, Allergan, BBVA Compas, Simpra Advantage, Torax Medical, Valient Woman's Health, AALOS Prosthetics & Orthotics , Alkermes, AstraZeneca, BCBS, Blue Ridge Xray Co., Boehringer Ingelheim, Fourroux Prothetics, Lilly USA, Medisys, Regeneron, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, University of South Alabama, Troy University, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of Alabama and many more!
The NPAA Awards provide an opportunity to give recognition to individual health care providers, educators or advocates, the in-the-trenches team members and the leaders who inspire, motivate and empower others around them to make a difference in the lives of those for whom they provide care. Presentations will be made during the Conference Awards Lunch.
*Accreditation Statement 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
Designation Statement 
The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
The NPAA Nominations Committee has issued the Call for Nominations for the 2017 election for officers. Deadline for applications to be received by NPAA  is  Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 5 pm. 

NPAA members in good standing by September 11, 2017 may submit their information for consideration as a candidate in the 2017 election or may nominate a colleague. Please refer to sections in the bylaws for additional information regarding eligibility and other requirements. If you know someone you would like to nominate, please make sure you have their permission before you submit the nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged as well. 

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Updated Diabetes Treatment Guidelines 2017 by the ADA

To reflect new evidence showing an association between B12 deficiency and long-term glucophage use, a recommendation was added to consider periodic measurement of B12 levels and supplementation as needed.
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