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Consolidation of Vaya Health and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Vaya and Cardinal LME-MCOs have announced they are consolidating in order to stabilize Cardinal after several counties voted to disengage from Cardinal and to prepare for the state's transformation to Medicaid managed care. There are a number of details still being finalized, but the boards of both Vaya and Cardinal are working together quickly. NCDHHS has been actively engaged to ensure beneficiaries will continue to receive their services and supports. Providers will not see any changes to their rates during the transition, and all providers in good standing currently in-network will continue to be in-network in the consolidated entity. 

NC HealthConnex Extension Signed Into Law - New Deadline to Connect is Now January 1, 2023

In late May, Governor Cooper signed House Bill 395 - an extension to connect to the NC Health Information Exchange (NCHIE). The new deadline for psychiatrists who treat patients insured by the State Health Plan, Medicaid, and/or NC Health Choice to connect is now January 1, 2023. (The previous deadline was June 1, 2021.)

One addition to the bill is that providers who do not connect to the HIE will be prohibited from "balance billing" the patients. Providers will not be permitted to bill members more than the patient would be billed if the provider were connected to the HIE. Here is the link to the bill language.

NCPA worked hard to help the NCHIE understand the unique position of psychiatrists regarding patient confidentiality and the difficulties in securing suitable, affordable EHRs, particularly during the pandemic. Over the next 18 months, we will continue to share news and resources to help members make decisions and navigate the connection process. Please let us know if you have questions!

NCPA Is Moving (Literally) Into the House of Medicine

After almost 35 years in our office location, with the pandemic still raging, and with our three-year strategic plan built on the premise of psychiatric physician leadership, NCPA has moved!

While details are still being worked out, we will be moving our offices and staff to the NC Medical Society headquarters building in downtown Raleigh, located directly behind the Governor Mansion and two blocks from the legislative buildings.

We will not be moving staff into our new office space for a while—both as a function of the state of the pandemic and as NCMS retools its occupancy of the building. But we are excited about this “Back to the Future” move for NCPA. (For several years, NCPA was located at the NCMS building, moving out in 1987.) So we are coming full circle, this time as a larger, stronger psychiatric organization within the house of medicine.

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The North Carolina Psychiatric Association is a professional medical organization that represents more than 900 psychiatrists statewide; it is the district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. Members receive many member benefits, including dual membership in the state and national associations.

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Looking for a New Psychiatrist?

Our Find a Doctor search may be able to help you find a new psychiatrist. The psychiatrists listed in this directory are NCPA members who have chosen to submit the information about their practices to this directory. Individual physicians are responsible for the accuracy of this information; NCPA does not make patient referrals.

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