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NCPeds News Net -- September 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019  
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NCPeds News Net
September 2019

Provider Rate Increase Update

We are excited to announce that the Medicaid primary care provider rate increase has gone into effect!

Providers began noticing the increase in early July, and practices are seeing increases ranging from 11 - 30 percent depending on the code and type of provider.


The increase was announced in December 2018 and has been paid retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019.


NCPeds and the NC Academy of Family Physicians have been working diligently to advocate for this increase, and our efforts are paying off for physicians statewide. Working together, we repeatedly emphasized the particular need to increase primary care rates in the context of the move to managed care. We highlighted the need for rate increases as a key point in virtually all of our Medicaid white paper responses and more than 30 meetings with representatives from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS).


Please thank a member of the NCPeds Board of Directors, Medicaid Task Force or Pediatric Council for helping to make this happen.


We want to extend a big thank you to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for implementing this important concrete support for practices as the State moves forward with Medicaid reform.




Changes to Pharmacy Vaccine Administration

Starting Oct. 1, 2019 pharmacists may provide more vaccines to patients. Currently, pharmacists can administer flu (and only flu) to patients 14 years old and over without a prescription.

Beginning in October, pharmacists may administer flu vaccine to children 10 years old or over without a prescription and children as young as age 6 with a prescription following a physical exam.


In order for children ages 6-9 years old to receive the flu vaccine from pharmacists, the child must present a prescription from his or her pediatrician or primary care provider. The pharmacist should not contact the provider to issue a prescription.


It is important to note that pharmacies do not administer any other vaccines for children.



Meet Pediatric Leaders
Allison McBride, MD, FAAP
Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Allison McBride, MD, FAAP, is currently serving as Interim Chair of the Pediatric Department at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

She has worked at the school for 14years as a pediatric hospitalist and pediatric emergency medicine doctor and has been involved in the leadership of the school’s residency program for 13 years. Throughout her career, she’s enjoyed the ability to work in both the hospital and emergency room settings.


“I think many people find it strange that I have two fields of practice, but for me, working in hospital-based pediatrics, in our Pediatric ED and the inpatient units, gives me a nice perspective and connections with the families we care for,” she said.


Allison has been involved with NCPeds for 10 years where she’s been able to meet and network with her fellow pediatricians and physicians.


“I have enjoyed networking with other physicians from other regions of the state and learning about all the work the AAP is doing for children and providers. It is also fun to catch up with colleagues from medical school, residency as well as graduates of our residency program” she said.


A Tar Heel at heart, Allison attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate and medical degrees. She and her family live in Lewisville, N.C. where you’ll find them enjoying many outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking on the lake near their house.

Career Day is just around the corner, and we are excited to be hosting two sessions next month.

Join us Oct. 2 for the Career Day for PL3s which includes a Career Fair for practices and hospitals interested in recruiting.


And, we'll host a separate session for PL2s will on Oct. 16.


More information can be found at our events page.


Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • Career Day PL3, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Raleigh-Durham
  • Career Day PL3, Practice/Hospital Recruitment,Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Raleigh-Durham
  • Career Day PL2, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Raleigh-Durham
  • 2020 Winter Open Forum, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Hilton in Greenville
  • 2020 Annual Meeting, Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham


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