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NCPeds News Net-March 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018  
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NCPeds News Net
March 2018


RegistrationDeadline for NC HIEA June 1

Act now to begin registration process and avoid missing the deadline

June is fast approaching, and so is the deadline to register for the Health Information Exchange Authority (HIEA).

June 1 is the deadline for most providers to sign up for the HIEA in order to be eligible to receive Medicaid and State Health Plan payments, and it’s imperative that providers act now.

Here are some key things to know about this upcoming deadline:

  • Don’t wait! Signing up for HIEA takes time, so it’s important to begin the registration process as early as possible. Most offices that have not registered or received an extension by the June 1, 2018 deadline will NOT be able to receive Medicaid payments.
  • Why sign up? State law requires that all health care providers who receive any state funds for the provision of health care services (e.g. Medicaid, HealthChoice, State Health Plan, etc.) connect and submit patient demographic and clinical data to NC HealthConnex by certain dates in 2018 and 2019 in order to continue to receive payment for services.
  • Who is affected? Hospitals, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide Medicaid services, and who have an electronic health record system shall connect by June 1, 2018. All other providers of Medicaid and state‐funded services including dentists shall connect by June 1, 2019. Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) will be required to connect to the HIEA per their contracts with the NC Division of Health Benefits (DHB).
  • Background: NC’s HIEA, also called NC HealthConnex, was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015 as a way to bridge the gap between disparate systems and health care. It allows providers to access patients’ comprehensive records across multiple providers, as well as review labs, diagnostics, history, allergies, medications and more.

Register Today or Get More Info

To learn more, register for HIEA or file for an extension, visit


Practice Manager Retreat

The NCPeds Practice Manager Retreat was held March 1-2 in Concord.Thank you to everyone who attended and made this event such a success!


Meet the Board
Richard Chung, MD


Donating to NCPeds
How Tax Changes May Impact You

Richard Chung, MD, is one of the newest faces on the NCPeds board of directors. He began serving as a board member in 2017.

He is currently co-chairing the Subspecialist Task Force which is working to identify how NCPeds can better meet the needs of the subspecialist community.

“We’ve long known the types of things that NCPeds does--and the work that it’s good at--is not just the domain of the general pediatricians, but also the academic center and the subspecialists in pediatric medicine. It’s crucial to be most effective for all of us to work together,” Chung said.

Chung lives in Durham and currently works as the Director of Adolescent Medicine at Duke Children’s Hospital. He grew up in Connecticut and is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Medicine. In his spare time, Chung enjoys seeing movies or exploring the outdoors with his family including his two young sons.

With tax time upon us, members may be thinking about how to maximize their 2018 support for NCPeds.Every situation is different so consider consulting a tax advisor, but here are a few giving strategies worth examining.

  • Monthly Giving: Donors say monthly giving is an easy and budget-friendly way to support NCPeds. Simply visit NCPeds’ secure online giving portal, set the donation amount and select “recurring monthly donation.”
  • Continued itemization: While the temporary increase in Standard Deductions is expected to decrease the number of taxpayers who itemize, a stereotypical NC taxpayer who files as married, two children, with $130,000 in income and $25,000 or more in itemizations: including common expenses like home mortgage interest and property, state and local income taxes (up to $10,000) will continue to benefit from itemizing their taxes. Tax payers in this situation would be able to deduct charitable contributions.
  • Bunching: This strategy is often used with a donor advised fund (DAF). By making a contribution to a DAF which exceeds the newly increased standard deduction in one year, a donor can support NCPeds via grants from the DAF in future years.
  • Gifts of appreciated stock: Donors can transfer stock held more than one year to NCPeds. Donors may avoid paying capital gains tax and receive an income-tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover gifts: By directing all, or a portion, of an IRA required minimum distribution directly to NCPeds, donors aged 70 ½ and older may reduce their taxable income because the gift does not have to be recognized as income.

A detailed article on tax-wise giving from the North Carolina Community Foundation, which houses NCPeds' Endowment, can be found here.

Please contact Colleen Huseboe atcolleen@ncpeds.orgif you have questions about ways to support NCPeds important work.


Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • Spring Open Forum,Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord
  • White Coat Wednesday,Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the North Carolina Medical Society in Raleigh
  • Annual Meeting,Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach


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