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BCBS 1099 Issue, State Health Plan Pricing, School SW Consultant Position

Friday, May 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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NASW-NC is here to advocate for YOU! We are providing you with updated, time-sensitive information on our advocacy efforts. Our advocacy efforts are made on behalf of members who contact us with issues or issues that arise when we are sitting at the table with state leaders.

 

Thank you for being a member of NASW-NC and assisting with our ongoing advocacy work!

 

1099 Issue with Blue Cross NC

Several members reached out to NASW-NC regarding Blue Cross NC (BCBS) sending out revised 1099s after the tax filing deadline. As a member benefit, NASW-NC advocates on your behalf! We spoke directly with BCBS staff and found out the following information.

Many of you may have received revised 1099-MISC forms after Tax Day because of technology issues. Unfortunately, these technology issues were discovered after the original forms were sent to providers on January 31, 2019. As soon as it was discovered, BCBS reviewed all of 2018 information to find the root cause and who was affected. They then worked to create and send out corrected 1099s as soon as possible. A letter of explanation with contact information was sent to providers with each corrected form.

If you can verify that your 1099 form from BCBS is a 1099-MISC form, then read on for guidance.

If the form is NOT a 1099-MISC, please contact NASW-NC and we will work with BCBS to help determine the best contact person for you.

BCBS noted: “In speaking with providers, we find that most keep their own accounting throughout the year and the corrected form(s) aligned with their own records, and refiling wasn’t necessary. For those who rely mainly on the 1099s they receive to do their taxes, then refiling may be necessary.”

Providers should contact their accountant ASAP and file a corrected return if needed.  BCBS will reimburse you for reasonable refiling costs (including the time paid to a CPA to remedy the problem), so providers should mail or email receipts for the refiling costs (a clear phone picture of receipts is just fine). Reimbursements will take 4-6 weeks to process.

This information can be mailed or emailed to:
BCBSNC
Attn:  Tracy Davies 700-1AP
PO Box 30060
Durham, NC 27702-3060

If you have further questions, you can contact the person on the letter you received about the revised document. Further, you may contact Tracy Davies, 1099 Reporting, Blue Cross NC at 919-765-4236 or  
tracy.davies@bcbsnc.com.

 

Clear Pricing Project - State Health Plan

The State Health Plan is changing how it pays providers for services. These changes are part of The Clear Pricing Project. These changes will take place beginning January 1, 2020, and will only affect members on the 80/20 Plan, the 70/30 Plan and the High Deductible Health Plan.

Providers have until July 1, 2019 to return the necessary documentation to be part of the State Health Plan Network.

Under this project, the State Health Plan will move away from a commercial-based payment model to a reference-based, transparent government-pricing model tied to Medicare rates. Health care providers will be reimbursed for their services at Medicare rates plus a substantial profit. For behavioral health providers, this should mean an increase in reimbursement rates. Rates will be changed over a two-year period.

More information from Blue Cross NC was sent to Providers earlier this week. Click here to view that communication.

 

Statewide School Social Work Consultant Position

For the last three years, NASW-NC has worked hard to advocate for a statewide school social work consultant position at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This position was lost years ago when the last Consultant retired from the position and funds for the position were shifted to other staffing needs.

NASW-NC staff and members have met with staff at the North Carolina Board of Education and the North Carolina Public Instruction many times to help make this happen. We met with State Superintendent Mark Johnson to discuss the role of school social workers and bringing this position back to his Department.

NASW-NC is THRILLED to tell you the position has been approved and the Department of Public Instruction is now hiring for this role! The position is open until May 28th!

We would LOVE to see a member of NASW-NC in this role we helped make possible!

You can find information about the position on NASW-NC’s website: https://www.naswnc.org/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=557296


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