NC: Medicaid Reform Public Hearings Announced

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has announced a schedule of 10 public hearings for North Carolinians to learn more about and share their thoughts on the recently unveiled NC Medicaid reform implementation plan. The public hearings are scheduled between March 30 and April 18, and we urge you to participate. Here’s how:

SC: Proposed Changes to Telemedicine Practice

A bill has been introduced this year in the South Carolina Legislature to amend telemedicine laws in the state. The “South Carolina Telemedicine Act” (S. 1035) would establish record keeping requirements, provide definitions for "asynchronous store and forward transfer" and "telemedicine,” and creates a pathway for physicians to write prescriptions for their telemedicine patients. The bill was reported favorably out of the Medical Affairs Committee on February 23, and approved by the Senate on March 3. In the House, the bill awaits consideration by the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

2016 CC-AACE Annual Meeting, September 9-11

Save the date. The 2016 CC-AACE Annual Meeting will be held September 9-11 at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Nestled along the coast with stunning 360º views and lush landscapes as far as the eye can see, the award-winning Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a premier destination for Hilton Head hotels on the beach. The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island understands the fine art of balancing work and play. New features at the resort include a heated shade pool and hot tub, a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool (seasonal) and children’s area. The new full-service Arum Spa also offers guests the opportunity to experience a truly Lowcountry spa experience, featuring local products and scents such as jasmine and sea salt. The Sonesta's location within the Shipyard Plantation includes easy access to tennis, golf, beach, and bicycle rentals.

For room reservations, call the Sonesta Resort at (800) 766-3782 and reference CC-AACE to obtain the discounted group rate of just $189 plus $2 destination fee and $18 resort facilities fee, plus taxes, per night.

An Important Message from CC-AACE Past President, Elizabeth Holt, MD, FACE

As you know, AACE has an active PAC (Political Action Committee) that financially supports the campaigns of candidates for the US Senate and US House of Representatives from both parties based on their support for AACE priorities and issues. In the past, these issues have included increasing reimbursements for DXA testing and repeal of the flawed SGR formula that continues to threaten access to care and our ability to sustain viable medical practices due to drastic decreases in Medicare reimbursement.

AACEPAC is dependent on our contributions to successfully engage in political advocacy and help (re)elect those who can help us. No matter your political views, I think we can all agree that AACE supports our efforts to be successful in the business and practice of medicine. A contribution to AACEPAC is money well-spent that will return to you multiplied as better reimbursements and an improved practice environment.

Accordingly, I am issuing a challenge to CC-AACE members to step up and make a financial contribution to AACEPAC today! A suggested minimum contribution is $50, but of course, larger amounts are welcome. The contribution needs to be from your personal, not business, funds and is not tax deductible. You can click here to go directly to the AACEPAC website to make your contribution.

If you have any questions about AACEPAC, please feel free to contact me directly. I am currently on the AACEPAC Board of Directors and would be happy to discuss AACEPAC with each of you.

Thank you!

Elizabeth Holt, MD, FACE
Past President, CC-AACE

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