NCMS Political Pulse for February 23, 2024

Political Pulse is back!  

As we wait for the legislative session to begin in April, the North Carolina Medical Society Political Pulse is kicking things off by getting to know our new Vice President of Advocacy, John Thompson.  From his long professional career to his family and a very unique hobby, John is ready to share with you how he intends to make big changes at the NCMS this year.


Political Pulse September 29, 2023

The North Carolina 2023 budget was finally given to Governor Roy Cooper.  The journey to his desk and the millions of dollars important to North Carolina Medical Society members is the subject of this week's Political Pulse.  Randy Aldridge and Emma Kate Sowder outline the highlights of the budget and the changes you can expect.

Political Pulse August 11, 2023

In this episode of Political Pulse, NCMS is getting ready for 2024! Next year there are some exciting ways for members to get involved in advocacy. Hannah Rice has all the details on the 2024 Advocacy Summit and Emma Kate Sowder reveals the NCMS All-State White Coat Day! You will be prepared and ready to be part of a sea of white coats at the General Assembly next June. Enjoy the latest Political Pulse!

Political Pulse for June 30, 2023

Changes have been made to Senate Bill 20 in the final days before it goes into effect. On July 1, there is a long list of new documentation for physicians to use including changes to the informed consent requirements and patient information.  There is also new information on both medical and surgical abortions. Randy Aldridge and Emma Kate Sowder discuss some of the changes in this week's Political Pulse.

NCDHHS Releases Forms for Compliance with New Abortion Statute - North Carolina Medical Society


Political Pulse for May 19, 2023

After a week in recess, legislators returned with Senate Bill at the top of the list. In this week's Political Pulse, Emma Kate Sowder and Thomas Kincheloe discuss what happened, what comes next, and take a look at the state budget and other issues NCMS is working on in Raleigh.


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Political Pulse for April 21, 2023

Big news from NCMS on Prior Authorization!  House Bill 649 was successfully introduced to reform the overused and burdensome prior authorization process!  It was introduced in the NC House of Representatives.  The bill’s sponsors are NCMS Member Representative Kristen Baker, MD, NCMS Member Representative Tim Reeder, MD, Representative Larry Potts, and Representative Wayne Sasser.  In this week's Political Pulse Randy Aldridge, Thomas Kincheloe and Emma Kate Sowder break down how NCMS is working to fix Prior Auth.


Political Pulse for April 14, 2023

This week on Political Pulse we talk about advocacy efforts by the North Carolina Medical Society. The General Assembly is on recess this week, so Thomas Kincheloe and Emma Kate Sowder outline upcoming advocacy events including an Advocacy Summit and a White Coat Day later this month.  They also talk about a newly filed bill that NCMS is watching closely.  Enjoy.


Political Pulse for March 31, 2023

In this week's Political Pulse, Medicaid expansion was finally signed by Governor Roy Cooper, but there are still steps to be taken to get it finalized.  Some parts will go into effect immediately and some are tied to the budget.  The 600 page budget was released late Wednesday and legislators and NCMS are still combing through it.  Thomas Kincheloe and Randy Aldridge break down what you need to know so far.

Political Pulse for March 17, 2023

Medicaid expansion continues to be the big story this week.  Thomas Kincheloe explains where it stands now and the big next step coming on Wednesday.  Also a big talker this week is the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.  Emma Kate Sowder has a recap of what it is and how it will impact physicians across North Carolina.

NCMS Political Pulse March 3, 2023

Some hot button issues are taking over Raleigh this week as legislators continue the long session. In this week’s Political Pulse we break down three important topics.

Medical cannabis has cleared some major hurdles and is heading to the Senate. NCMS is on record as supporting the development of research regarding medical cannabis.  It is legislation NCMS is watching closely.

Also important to NCMS members is the return of an effort to give some nurses more authority.  NCMS has long been against this legislation. Thomas Kincheloe details what happened and what may be coming next.

It looks like a bill to further limit abortion access will be filed at any time.  NCMS recently approved a policy on reproductive healthcare that supports abortion as part of comprehensive healthcare.  What to expect is in the edition of Political Pulse.