Value-Based Contracting Survey

A team of physicians from Carolina Complete Health and the North Carolina Medical Society and researchers from the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University are studying how providers feel about value-based contracts.

We'd like to invite you to participate in a 15-minute survey to assess your thoughts about and experiences with value-based contracting. Your participation is entirely voluntary.

In return for participation, you may opt to enter a drawing to win 1 of 20 charity prize packages with an approximate value of $40-$70. You may choose your prize from a list of 12 options supporting 10 different charities, such as UNICEF or the Red Cross. Entering the drawing requires sharing your email, but don’t worry – your email will be kept separate from your survey answers so that nothing you say can be linked back to you.

If you're interested, please click here to complete the survey. If you have any questions about the survey or your participation, email [email protected] to ask.


NCMGMA: Nominations for Practice of the Year

The North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) is proud to partner with First Citizens Bank to present the 9th Annual Practice of the Year Award, to be presented on the evening of Thursday, September 15 during the Fall Conference dinner & awards.

This award recognizes a medical group practice that has made a significant contribution to their community, patients, and/or staff through volunteer work, indigent clinics, fundraisers, staff wellness programs, community clean-ups, community screenings and education (internal & external), etc.

The Award recipient will receive:

  • An attractive award piece.
  • A donation to be made in the practice's name to their charity of choice.
  • Public recognition at the NCMGMA Fall Conference.
  • Promotion through a press release to national trade and consumer media.
  • Recognition in the NCMGMA Quarterly Newsletter and E-News Site, NCMGMA News.

To submit your nomination for the 2022 Practice of the Year Award, please access the printable form here and return it to the NCMGMA office at [email protected] by 5:00 PM on August 6, 2022.


Would Your Patients Benefit from a Y Medical Membership?

If you are a Triangle-area physician, the YMCA of the Triangle in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs to support your patients through a YMCA Medical Membership program. You can refer a patient through the NCMS Foundation’s Our Community Health Initiative (OCHI) software platform directly to the YMCA of the Triangle for any of the six program offerings; diabetes prevention, weight management, high blood pressure, falls prevention, support for cancer survivors, or childhood and family weight management.

Medical Memberships are a bundled service that provide care coordination, a YMCA membership and the evidence-based program as prescribed due to your diagnosis.

Find out if a Medical Membership is right for your patients. Programs are starting soon! Your patients can find out more about cost and program enrollment here.

For additional questions please contact Medical Membership at [email protected] or at 919-582-9396


Behavioral Health Integration Immersion Program

The BHI Collaborative, a partnership between the AMA and seven other leading physician organizations, is launching a new, free initiative designed to provide enhanced technical assistance to physician practices.

Selected practices will participate (at no cost to them) in a 12-month curriculum designed and taught by industry experts on how to effectively implement behavioral health integration (BHI). Upon completion, practices will be able to:

• Identify the best approach for delivering integrated care (including telehealth) for their practice and patients
• Determine internal staffing needs (including preparation, training, or qualifications) along with outside partnerships
• Design a workflow(s) with processes and protocols that works best for their practice
• Bill/receive payment to sustain delivery of integrated care services
• Establish short- and long-term goals of success, including measurable improvement targets and indicators

Learn more and apply to see if your practice qualifies. Application process closes on Friday, August 5th.


Member Spotlight: Q&A with Lisa Gangarosa, MD

Member Spotlight: Q&A with Lisa Gangarosa, MD

What are your hobbies or hobby?

Aerial dance, reading fiction

What is one item on your bucket list or that you want to do or place you want to travel in the future?

Back to Sicily

What is your all-time favorite book that you have read and want to recommend to others?

The Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri.

What did you do during the COVID pandemic to practice self-care? If nothing, what would you like to learn more about to support self-care?

Initially frequent walks but when my aerial studios reopened I resumed my training.

Why are you a member of the North Carolina Medical Society?

I specifically like the advocacy efforts on behalf of physicians and our patients with the NC legislature.

Would you recommend NCMS membership to a peer?

Yes, definitely!

 

Are you ready for the Spotlight? Complete the form here.


NCMS Morning Rounds 3-31-22

It's Thursday! Enjoy your Morning Rounds

March 31, 2022

Physicians Week NCMS Staff Thank You from Michelle Laws, PhD

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In the News

1. Debunking Regulatory Myths: Can Physicians Bill for Both Preventive and E/M Services in the Same Visit?

The American Medical Association’s regulatory myths series provides physicians and their care teams with resources to reduce guesswork and administrative burdens so they can focus on streamlining clinical workflow processes, improving patient outcomes, and increasing physician satisfaction. The latest myth in the series focuses on whether physicians can bill for both preventive and E/M services in the same visit. Physicians are not prohibited from coding and billing for both preventive and problem-focused E/M services when they are performed during the same appointment, and this resource provides helpful information on when and how to appropriately handle this common situation.

2. Nominations Being Accepted for the NCMS Golden Stethoscope Awards

Do you know an outstanding NCMS physician or physician assistant member who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication to patients, and stellar skills motivating, inspiring, and leading a medical team? If yes, please nominate that person for the NCMS’s Golden Stethoscope Award! This award will provide peer recognition based upon nominations submitted and final selection by the NCMS Awards Committee. *Please note: NCMS Board and Foundation Board members are ineligible for this award.

Award recipients and nominees will be recognized at the Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala on October 15, 2022. The deadline to submit nominations is August 31, 2022. NOMINATION FORM

3. FCC Healthcare Connect Fund Deadline Extended

The FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund (operated under the FCC’s Rural Healthcare Program) provides a 65% discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses for eligible rural health care providers, including CHCs. All rural CHCs are encouraged to apply for funding.

 

COVID-19 Updates

1.     The more contagious BA.2 version of omicron is now the most common in the U.S.

2.     CDC: J&J recipients may get 2nd mRNA booster

3.     White House shifts focus to air quality amid COVID-19

4.     NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

 

Learning Opportunities

Standard-of-Care Tobacco Use Treatment: Behavioral Interventions and Medications

Friday, April 1, 2022
2 p.m.

This training will prepare clinicians to integrate the most up-to-date standard-of-care for tobacco use treatment, which can double or triple their patient’s/client’s chances of success. This training will discuss evidence-based medication and counseling strategies, as well as considerations for treating electronic cigarette use and treating any tobacco use during pregnancy and lactation.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW 

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for these events:

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)



NCMS Morning Rounds 3-30-22

It's Wednesday! Enjoy your Morning Rounds

Happy Doctors' Day from the North Carolina Medical Society!

March 30, 2022

Physicians Week NCMS Staff Thank You from Evan Simmons

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In the News

 

1. Honor A Physician Today For Doctors' Day

Today, March 30, is the annual observance of Doctors’ Day, a time to honor you and the amazing work you do.

And we want to give you an opportunity to recognize your colleagues. Consider sending an e-card to show a colleague you care and recognize their contributions in honor of Doctors’ Day. If you choose, their name will be publicized in Morning Rounds and on our social media platforms. To make it even more meaningful, the proceeds from each $10 card goes to support the work of the NCMS Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation and its many programs to improve access to care in North Carolina.

Click here to send a 2022 Doctors’ Day e-card today.

2. NCMS Employee Benefit Plan: Appointment of Drs. Cohen and Contogiannis to the Board of Trustees

The NCMS Employee Benefit Plan welcomes Sandya (Sandy) T. Cohen, MD and Mary Ann Contogiannis, MD to its Board of Trustees. The NCMS Plan provides medical practices with a health benefit plan that is specifically customized to meet practice employee needs for health, life, and dental coverage. The NCMS Plan is governed by a Board of Trustees whose members are both physicians and Plan participants. The Board of Trustees is charged with authority for the administration and operation of, and complete fiscal control over, the Trust and the NCMS Plan. Trustees make thoughtful decisions that affect daily Plan operations and benefit offerings for NCMS members.

The NCMS Plan is known for superior customer service, health promotion programming and flexibility, including the following features:

•    Wellness programs for clinicians and their teams;
•    Special eligibility classes for retirees, surviving spouses, and domestic partners;
•    Option to offer two plans regardless of practice size;
•    Option to offer three plans for practices with more than 50 enrolled employees;
•    Guaranteed coverage for all qualifying practices;
•    No surcharge for practices;
•    Practices are not excluded based on size.

For more information on group health, dental and life benefits, call today at (800) 662-7917 or visit www.ncmsplan.com.

Thank you to Dr. Cohen and Dr. Contogiannis for your service!

3. Wellness Wednesday: Coming Back From Being a Burned Out Physician

As your professional society, led by your colleagues and representing your interests and those of your patients, the NCMS understands the oftentimes extreme pressure and stress your job entails. Statistics reveal alarming rates of physician burnout.

In this still relevant 2018 NCMS Bedside Manners podcast, Dr. Clark Gaither aka ‘Dr. Burnout’ shares his own experience with being a burned out physician and how he recovered. He details how you can identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and steps you can take to transform from being burned out to finding new meaning in your career and life.

Dr. Gaither’s book, Reignite: Transform from Burned Out to On Fire and Find New Meaning in Your Career and Life, is available online.

Learn more about Dr. Gaither and subscribe to his blog here.

 

 

COVID-19 Updates

 

1.     As Federal COVID Funding Runs Out, Support For Uninsured Suffers

2.     WHO Examining COVID Vaccines Linked To Potential Hearing Problems

3.     Daily COVID-19 Cases To Jump 42% By April 10 + 2 More Forecasts

4.     NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

 

Learning Opportunities

Child Mental Health for Primary Care: Case Consultation

April 26, 2022
May 24, 2022
June 28, 2022
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Eastern AHEC invites you to participate in live case consultation. These monthly sessions will give primary care providers an opportunity to strengthen their confidence in the management of children and adolescents with mental health concerns. Providers will be able to present a case and get feedback from Dr. John Diamond, Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at East Carolina University. Participation is free, but you must register in advance. Download Event Brochure here.

Objectives:

  • Learn best practices in screening, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders in a primary care setting
  • Increase knowledge of treatment for children and adolescents with mental health issues to improve patient outcomes

 LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW 

   
 

Upcoming Events

     
Registration is now open for these events:

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)


   
 

NCMS Morning Rounds 3-29-22

It's Tuesday! Enjoy your Morning Rounds

March 29, 2022

Physicians Week NCMS Staff Thank You - Ashley Rodriguez, JD

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In the News

1. April 18 Expiration Date for COVID-19 Emergency Licenses

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) recently voted at its Board Meeting to set an April 18, 2022, expiration date for Limited Emergency Licenses. These licenses are held by physicians and PAs who exercised the option to obtain a quick NC license to assist with the state’s medical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCMB has determined that the state’s need for supplemental medical care has been sufficiently met and, as such, will not issue any additional licenses and is expiring existing ones. Any LEL holder with a pending NC application for licensure is exempt from the expiration date and may continue to practice with an LEL until their application is processed. View the NCMB notice here.

2. Nominees Sought For Physician Community Service Award

The NCMS is accepting nominations for the E. Harvey Estes, Jr., MD, Physician Community Service Award.  This award is designed to provide recognition for the many and varied services rendered by physicians to their communities apart from their practice of medicine.  The recipient must be a physician licensed in North Carolina; must not have received the award previously; and must have compiled an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his or her specific identification as a physician, reflects well on the medical profession.

Nominations must be received by July 1st. Please email the completed nomination to Evan Simmons at [email protected].

3. Nominations Open for NCMS John Huske Anderson Award

The NCMS is accepting nominations for the John Huske Anderson Award, given annually to a layperson whose contributions have had a positive impact on the medical profession and the public health. The award honors Mr. Anderson’s service to medicine and the Society, having served as NCMS legal counsel from 1937 until his retirement in 1983. Nominations must be made by an NCMS member.

Nominations must be received by July 1st. Please email the completed nomination to Evan Simmons at [email protected].

 

COVID-19 Updates

1.    Scientists: COVID-19 may cause greater damage to the heart

2.    Different variants produce varied long COVID symptoms, study suggests

3.    How COVID brain fog may overlap with ‘chemo brain’ and Alzheimer’s

4.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

 

Learning Opportunities

Durham-Orange County Medical Society Meeting: "Shared Decision-Making & Respecting Patient Preference: How to Take Your Patient Interactions to the Next Level" 

April 13, 2022
6:15 PM-8:00 PM

Guest speakers Lloyd Hey, MD and Vickie Dorr, MD will partner on this discussion, with examples including:

-How collaborative efforts can increase the joy factor for the caregiver, as well as for the patient and family.
-How to respect the patient’s choices.
-Tips and tricks for patient education, such as Shared Decision-Making checklist forms for improving informed consent, etc.
-How to help patients and families to even decide about surgery vs. non-surgical vs. palliative options without making the choice for them.
-How to motivate change in patient behavior.

Credit Statement
The Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development, designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

Title: Durham – Orange County Medical Society Speaker Series
Number of Credits: 1.0
Credit Type: Joint Accreditation
In support of improving patient In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

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Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for these events:

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)



NCMS Morning Rounds 3-28-22

It's Monday! Enjoy your Morning Rounds

March 28, 2022

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In the News

 

1. Hearing In No Surprises Act Lawsuit

Last week, a hearing took place in the American Medical Association’s legal challenge to the narrow provision of the No Surprises Act Interim Final Rule (IFR) that implemented the Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process for resolving payment disputes between health plans and physicians/facilities. Two NC physicians, Dr. Stuart Squires and Dr. Victor Kubit, are also named as individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

As previously reported, the lawsuit challenges a narrow but impactful provision of a rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies related to the dispute resolution process described in the NSA. The provision being challenged ignores congressional intent and will harm access to care if implemented.

The AMA lawsuit is substantively similar to the lawsuit brought by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Earlier this year, that Court found in favor of TMA and vacated the provisions in the IFR that weighted the IDR process in favor of health plans. The government has not yet indicated whether it plans to appeal that decision.

For more information, click here for a copy of the hearing transcript.

We will continue to share updates as this matter proceeds.

2. NC Medicaid Prepaid Health Plans Launch ‘Known Issues Log’

The five Medicaid Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) have each created (or are in the process of creating) a log that highlights the known issues they are actively working to resolve.  Each PHP’s log will be accessible through their website and updated weekly.

A list of the available logs is accessible below and on the NCMS Medicaid Transformation webpage. The logs that are not available yet will be added to the webpage once they are live.

3. AMA Releases Revised Physician Guide For Keeping Your Practice Open

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released one of its most valuable private practice resources, the revised Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open. This new publication includes updated information to help physicians implement policies and procedures around staff and patient vaccines, as well as advice to address staff burnout and workforce shortages spurred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the guide now and share this timely and relevant resource with your colleagues, peers, and physician members.

As an additional resource, click here to review a webinar on Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden - YouTube

 

 

COVID-19 Updates

 

1.    CDC updates mask guidance for N95s in hospitals

2.    CDC to create hospital worker vaccination dashboard

3.    Mayo projects 12% rise in COVID-19 cases in next 2 weeks

4.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

 

Learning Opportunities

Intimate Partner Violence Webinar (Live) Sessions

April 12, 2022, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM-Intimate Partner Violence Foundations and Screening (Session 1)

April 19, 2022, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM-Intimate Partner Violence - Best Practices in Intimate Partner Response (Session 2)

April 26, 2022, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM-Intimate Partner Violence - Creating a Culture of Care for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (Session 3)

The NC Medical Board has partnered with Wake AHEC, UNC Beacon Program and NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence to develop a three-part series on recognizing and responding to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Victims of IPV have unique healthcare needs, and physicians and PAs play a critical role as a trusted resource for their patients. These sessions go beyond identifying screenings and red flags of IPV to share resources and appropriate responses to a disclosure, and also how to incorporate this critical information into a busy clinic. Join on April 12, April 19, and April 26 for this robust live webinar series on IPV for outpatient and urgent care providers. View the Intimate Partner Violence For Outpatient and Urgent Care Providers PDF here.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW

   
 

Upcoming Events

     
Registration is now open for these events:

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)


   
 

NCMS Morning Rounds 3-25-22

It's Friday! Enjoy your Morning Rounds

March 25, 2022

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett

 

In the News

 

1. National Physicians Week

Today marks the start of National Physicians Week, which runs through March 31st.

National Physicians Week is an opportunity for physicians to be celebrated and recognized for their dedication to the practice of medicine.

Our gratitude is not limited to just one week. We at the NCMS acknowledge, salute, and thank you for your dedication, and all the hard work you put in to help keep North Carolina healthy, all year long.

We value you as a member and your commitment to your profession. We celebrate YOU!

Learn about the history of National Physicians Week.

2. North Carolina Medical Society Members’ White Coat Action Alert

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion will listen to testimonies from NCMS Board member Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP, and NCMS Legislative Cabinet member McNeil L. Cronin, MD, in support of efforts to improve health insurance coverage in the state and in opposition to HB 277/SB 249 - The SAVE Act.

If passed, the SAVE Act would expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists within the definition of “advanced practice registered nurse.”  (For more information on the SAVE Act, view the NCMS's 2021 Legislative Summary.) The NCMS’s position is that all patients deserve access to comprehensive care from a collaborative team. Removing physicians and physician assistants from the equation would not result in increased access to care and could potentially increase risks for patients.   

For full details, watch your inbox for a NCMS Legislative Action Alert.

3. Nominations Now Open for NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) Leadership Positions

Want to make an impact on improving health statewide? Consider joining the NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) Board of Trustees. Positions for these leadership roles are currently open for the upcoming year.

The NCMSF is the philanthropic arm of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). The Foundation seeks to improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians. Its portfolio of programs demonstrates our commitment to this vision. Learn more about each of these programs here.

A full description of what is expected of members of the NCMSF Board of Trustees, along with details on the nomination process, is outlined here. Nominations are due by June 30, 2022.

 

 

COVID-19 Updates

 

1.    NCDHHS Launches New Format for COVID-19 Data Dashboard

2.    COVID Testing, Vaccinations for Uninsured at Risk as Funds End immunity

3.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

 

Learning Opportunities

NACHC Briefing on Medicaid Redeterminations and State Flexibilities

Monday, March 28, 2022, 4:00 PM Eastern Time

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC will host a webinar meeting to discuss the impact and implications related to the end of the federal PHE and related Medicaid redetermination and flexibility processes. In addition to presentations from NACHC policy and operational staff, national Medicaid experts’ Joan Alker and Tricia Brooks with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will join to share their perspective.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW

   
 

Upcoming Events

     
Registration is now open for these events:

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)