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NCPeds News Net -- March 2019

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NCPeds News Net
March 2019


NCPeds' 2019 Legislative Agenda

Each year, we adopt a set of guidelines for our advocacy and public policy efforts in January and focus our efforts on achieving those goals throughout the year. The 2019 NCPeds' Legislative Agenda is now live on our website.

This year we have established the following as our top priorities:

  • Making sure that Medicaid reform works for kids: NCPeds supports a strong Medicaid program that works well for the more than 1 million children and their families insured by Medicaid and CHIP. Health plans to run the new program were announced in February with roll-out beginning in November of 2019. We’ve already seen a Medicaid rate increase for providers and are continuing our efforts to work for the improvement of Medicaid for all.
  • Workforce Adequacy: NCPeds strongly supports medical teams and access for children to a full range of health care services. NCPeds supports efforts to improve workforce, including using Graduate Medical Education (GME) funds to attract and retain “home grown” physicians, especially in underserved areas. We support telemedicine as a strategy to support, not supplant, the medical home and appropriate training and supports for providers.

In addition, we have identified other areas of support:

  • Closing the Coverage Gap for Health Insurance
  • Preventing Youth Suicide and/or Firearm-Related Deaths and Injuries to Children
  • Supporting Implementation of Raising the Age for Children in the Justice System
  • Assuring a Strong-Functioning HIEA
  • Promoting Tobacco-Use Prevention and Cessation

For more information, visit our Advocacy Page.



2019 Practice Manager Retreat

From Feb. 28-March 1, we hosted our 2019 Practice Manager retreat in Raleigh. It was a full conference comprised of practice managers from across the state sharing ideas and hearing from leaders in the industry.


Thanks to everyone who joined us in Raleigh! And, a special thank you to the event Planning Committee which included Lisa Delphias, Natacha Draper and Michael Riddick for their hard work in making this event such a success.


We look forward to seeing you again next year.




Meet NCPeds' Leaders
Theresa M. Flynn, MD, FAAP
Public Policy Committee, Co-Chair

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After years of serving on the NCPeds Public Policy Committee, Theresa M. Flynn, MD, FAAP, became the Committee Co-Chair in August 2018. She now works to encourage her colleagues to take action for the state’s children and adolescents.

“My hope as Policy Chair is to welcome more pediatricians into state advocacy. Pediatricians know and love children and advocate for their patients and families every day, and many are mobilized to take national action on issues like Medicaid or nutrition programs,” she said.“State policies have enormous impact on our patients and practices, and the more pediatric voices involved, the better!”


Theresa has been practicing pediatrics for 20 years and currently works as a pediatrician with Wake County Human Services. She also conducts ADHD evaluations for the Wake County Public School System and serves as Chair of the Wake County Child Fatality Prevention Team.


She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and medical degree from Duke University.


Theresa and her husband have three sons and live in Raleigh. They enjoy spending time with their dogs and watching the latest Marvel movies.

Our Practice Manager Listserv is a comprehensive source of North Carolina-specific information including billing/coding issues, sharing office policies and vendor recommendations.


The Listserv is a collaborative tool that allows members to share information and includes timely topics that can’t be found through any other outlet.


The Practice Manager Listserv is open to all NCPeds members regardless of job function or membership category.


Contact Kathryn Carroll for more information about this complimentary member benefit.




Special Note to our Members

Remember your NCPeds dues are tax deductible as you file your 2018 taxes!


Dates to Remember


Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.



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