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Tailored Plan RFA Released

November 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) issued a Request for Applications for Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans as part of North Carolina’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care. Look for i2i Summary of RFA in upcoming News Brief issue. As directed by the North Carolina General Assembly, for the first contract term,…

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i2i Center Announces Change in Leadership

November 5, 2020

The i2i Center for Integrative Health is announcing the upcoming retirement of Mary Hooper at the end of December 2020.  Hooper has served as Executive Director since the organization’s inception in 2018.  Ann Rodriguez, i2i’s current Assistant Director, will take over as the new Executive Director in January 2021. The i2i Center is a convener…

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ALERT: Supreme Court Rules to End 2020 Census Early!

October 14, 2020

Census Impacts NC Public Health and Human Services On October 13th, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump Administration to end the U.S. Census count earlier than expected.  The census intake process was due to wrap up at the end of October.  Instead, all census intakes end at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard…

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Medicaid Transformation

Medicaid Transformation Prep Ramping Up

October 7, 2020

Opportunities are being made available to stakeholders to prepare for the implementation of the Medicaid Standard Plan and Tribal Option.  Both plans are scheduled to go-live on July 1, 2021.  NC DHHS has held several feedback sessions with stakeholders to review their planned timeline for preparation.   In addition, a weekly webinar series for providers has…

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Federal CMS Moves Medicaid Closer to Value-Based Approaches

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…

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Long-Term Care Settings Have Eased Pandemic Restrictions

As the State moves to Phase 3, facilities like group homes, ICF/IIDs and adult care homes may also have eased restrictions related to visitation.  Governor Cooper has signed Executive Order 165 to provide NC DHHS the authority to decide the appropriate restrictions on the activities and operations in long-term care facilities.  The Executive Order remains…

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Conference Addresses Critical Issues for 2020 and Beyond

The year 2020 has been a whirlwind of change and adaptation with a renewed focus on long standing social inequalities that deserve resolution. It will be vital to take what we have learned in 2020 and apply these lessons in new ways as many of the changes that began in 2020 will continue into 2021…

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Medicaid Clinical Coverage Policies Proposed Changes Incorporate Pandemic Lessons Learned

August 18, 2020

Telehealth became the star of the pandemic by keeping people in services despite having to quarantine at home.  North Carolina quickly ramped up their telehealth policies through a temporary waiver of federal rules and providers accordingly increased their telehealth capacity.  The list of qualified professionals who can provide certain services, particularly telehealth, was also expanded…

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