News Brief


Message from Mary Hooper

December 17, 2020

I appreciate and welcome the opportunity to offer a few comments as I look forward to my upcoming retirement.  As those of you who attended our Pinehurst conference heard me say, it has truly been my privilege to serve in this leadership role with i2i (as well as our legacy organization).  I’ve learned a great…

Medicaid Transformation

RFA for BH/IDD Tailored Plan – What You Need to Know

December 16, 2020

A key indicator that Medicaid Transformation is back is the recent publication of the Request for Application (RFA) for the BH/IDD Tailored Plan.  The Tailored Plan is scheduled to go-live on July 1, 2022, one year after the Standard Plan is implemented.  And with all of the requirements in the RFA for physical health, it…

Medicaid Transformation

Medicaid Transformation Timelines Set

NC DHHS Secretary for Medicaid Dave Richard recently spoke to the Medical Care Advisory Committee on December 11th about the commitment of the Department to move forward with Medicaid Managed Care Implementation.  Richard characterized the move to managed care in Medicaid as the means to meet the larger priorities of the State, i.e. value-based care…


i2i to Convene Consumers to Define Value of Care Management for Individuals and Families

The Delta Center for a Thriving Public Safety Net has awarded the i2i Center for Integrative Health and the NC Community Health Centers Association (NCCHCA) a one-year grant.  The grant will allow i2i and NCCHCA to work with consumers, providers and payors to define the value of care management.  Under this grant, i2i along with…


Regional Advocacy Institutes Encourage Youth and Families to Be Active

This fall, close to 1000 stakeholders participated in four virtual regional Advocacy Institutes.  The Institutes were free opportunities for youth, family members and advocates to hone their skills in impacting legislation and policy.  The i2i Center was a co-sponsor and presenter at these events and was joined by the NC Collaborative for Children, Youth and…


Virtual Pinehurst Conference a Great Success

i2i is so pleased to report that we have been overwhelmed with positive feedback on our Virtual Pinehurst Conference from attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.   We are so appreciative of the wonderful and encouraging comments.  We want to share just a few with you: “I just wanted to give another huge round of applause to…


Medicaid Expansion Discussed at Governor’s Council

Governor Cooper established the NC Council for Health Care Coverage.  The first meeting of this bipartisan group was held on December 4th.  Governor Cooper has designated the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy as the staff for the Council.  The Council members heard presentations from leaders who discussed Medicaid expansion, COVID-19, uninsured and health inequities.   An…


Federal CMS Moves Medicaid Closer to Value-Based Approaches

October 7, 2020

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a guidance letter to state Medicaid directors on September 15th that encourages the use of value-based care (VBC) in Medicaid services.  Value-based service delivery balances the quality of the services provided with the cost of the services.  The value-based approach to services also incorporates non-medical…