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March 26, 2021

Joint Statement with NC Academy of Physician Assistants

Yesterday the NCMS and NC Academy of Physician Assistants issued a joint media statement in support of the recently introduced legislation SB-345- PA Team-Based Practice. This proposed legislation would update laws and regulations to better reflect the team-based environments in which the vast majority of PAs work. The proposal ensures PAs are regulated and licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board and differentiates the requirements between early-career and experienced PAs.

Read the joint statement here to learn more.

Help a Fledging Health Care Professional While They Help You

If your practice is interested in training the next generation of health care professionals, but you’re not quite ready to host medical students, the MedServe Fellow program may be for you.

Fellows are recent college graduates who have completed a pre-medical curriculum and are taking time off before medical school to get clinical experience. They spend 2 years as full-time employees in clinics in both clinical (e.g. medical assisting) and public health (e.g. outreach) roles. The MedServe program provides quarterly skill trainings and ongoing supportive curriculum for fellows to ensure they arrive at your clinic prepared and knowledgeable about our changing health care landscape.

Cost of hosting Fellows is shared with MedServe’s philanthropic funds.

Learn more here.

Weekly Reminder: NCMS, NCMS Foundation Board Openings

The NCMS and NCMS Foundation leadership nomination process is underway. Please consider a leadership role for yourself or a worthy colleague.

The NCMS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the NCMS, seeks to improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians. The Foundation’s portfolio of programs demonstrates our commitment to this vision. Learn more about each of these programs here.

If you have something to contribute to the NCMS Foundation’s mission, then consider serving on its Board of Trustees. A full description of what is expected of trustees along with details on the nomination process are outlined in this document. Nominations are due by Aug. 30, 2021.

In addition, the NCMS’ Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the NCMS Board of Directors, NC American Medical Association (AMA) Delegation and on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee itself. Nominations are due by May 17, 2021.

An overview of each of the roles on the NCMS Board of Directors, AMA delegation and Nominating and Leadership Development Committee along with details on the nomination process are included in this document.

In the News

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Learning Opportunity

2021 Quality Payment Program Overview Webinar, Thursday, April 8 at 2 PM 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2021 performance year. This 101-level presentation will discuss ways to participate through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Payment Models (APMs).

Learn more and register here.

If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!