November 13, 2019
Final Day for  Online Registration 

New Law Makes Changes Across Health and Human Services
Governor Cooper signed a new law on November 6th that makes a myriad of changes to health and human service related areas. S537 is now SL 2019-240   and includes many provisions that will change professional licensure, social services, and safety in State facilities and child care institutions. While the overall theme of the bill is health and human services, the provisions cross a wide spectrum of issues. Many of the provisions of the bill were originally included in other legislation and, most notably, in the budget bill. As the long legislative session wore on and it became clear that the budget was stymied, stakeholders could not use the "usual" paths to make statutory changes. The result is a new law with provisions that touch on many unrelated topics.
Legislated Funding Initiatives Impacting Care in NC 
While the budget bill itself has stalled, there has been significant effort to separate out sections of the budget and take action on them.  Are you keeping track? If your answer is no, you are not alone. Knowing the disposition of each part of the budget is a challenge. In fact, it's just as important to know what hasn't seen action as it is to know what has made its way into law. 

Here are some of the items in the budget bill that are pertinent to health and human services.

Medicaid Transformation Update

Data Strategy for BH/IDD Tailored Plan Care Management
NC DHHS published a paper on data strategy as it relates to the BH/IDD Tailored Plan care management function.  An i2i summary paper on this topic is now available.

The ability to share data is one of the most important capacities that the State, payers and providers must demonstrate to thrive in the future.  To take it a little further, some would say that the care manager is at the hub of data sharing.  The care manager is responsible for assessing, monitoring and coordinating the Medicaid beneficiary's services in multiple areas, including physical and mental health, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities and long-term services and supports, as well as pharmacy and unmet health needs. 


Don't Miss Conference Keynote Presenters 
Opening Plenary Keynote
Kevin Hines has a unique and moving story.  He is only 1 of 34 people who have survived a suicide attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge.  Because of his experience, Kevin has become a mental health advocate, global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker (Suicide The Ripple Effect) and entrepreneur.  His presentation -  Triumph Over Adversity:  Resilience and Recovery will focus on his amazing story of recovery, wellness and his mission to prevent suicide.

Dr. Summer KnightMD, MBA, offers a very unique perspective on healthcare.  She is a firefighter/paramedic-turned-physician, patient, and sandwich generation caregiver.  Her passion is Humanizing Healthcare and empowering each of us to live our best lives.  She is the Managing Director at Deloitte and will provide our Closing Plenary keynote.  

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How to Solve Report and Form Workflow Issues

A leading behavioral health center saves time and improves care with EHR functionalities
Like many other behavioral health organizations, Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. (Coastal Horizons) located in Wilmington, NC, realized the paperwork required for patient treatment was causing labor overruns and taking clinician time away from patient care.

Caitlin Garner, assistant program director and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Therapy (SAIOT) coordinator of Coastal Horizons, explained how behavioral health paperwork affects providers' day-to-day patient care. "There is a lot of unavoidable paperwork to get clients the care they need. There are authorization forms for care, initial intake processes, re-authorizations, and reporting that needs to be regularly updated. A complicating factor is that forms and reports must look exactly as mandated by the organization you are reporting to."

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Save the Date

The 11th Annual "One Community in Recovery" Conference will be March 11 - 13, 2020, in Greensboro, NC.   2020 Theme is "Our Stories, Our Hope, Our Power."

i2i News Briefs 

Past Issue Available 

Links of Interest

Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS) has released FFY 2018 Child and Adult Core Set data 

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