FREE Preventing Suicide in Healthcare Training


Carolina Complete Health Network is hosting free suicide prevention training for providers on Thursday, December 8, 1:00PM-2:00PM EST.

This Centene-supported webinar is designed to help understand the dynamics of the crisis and learn concrete strategies to help support primary care providers and teams, address suicide risk and prevent deaths by suicide in staff and implement effective postvention strategies.

In addition, the training will provide tips from the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved on how organizations can self-assess their readiness to prevent and respond to provider suicide.

Duke Doctor Helping Restore Sight Abroad

Lloyd Williams, MD/Image credit: Duke Global Health Institute


“It’s the closest we can come to performing miracles on Earth."

In West Africa, Duke eye surgeon Lloyd Williams, MD is helping local doctors restore sight to the blind.

Balu Sesay had been blind for 29 years when Dr. Williams first met her on a sweltering day in July 2021, in a small hospital exam room in Freetown, the bustling port capital of Sierra Leone. He saw immediately that both of Sesay’s eyes were badly damaged. Dr. Williams worked with a team of Sierra Leonean ophthalmologists to replace the opaque cornea in her left eye with one from a donor, one of eight corneal transplants that week, the first ever performed in the West African country.

Dr. Williams, a member of the NCMS-managed NC Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, is a corneal fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye and has performed hundreds of vision-restoring surgeries in the United States and other countries.

Dr. Williams is the founder and chairman of the board of HelpMercy International and a founder of the MoranCore ophthalmology educational website.

Learn more about Dr. Williams here.

Is Leadership Development Among Your Goals for 2023?


If Leadership Development is among your 2023 goals, check out the programs offered by the North Carolina Medical Society/Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership and join an amazing peer network of alumni!

Leadership College Class of 2024 will be the 21st class to graduate. In this program, you will learn leadership around advocacy and how to influence and drive change. Read more about the program here.

Health Care Management & Leadership focuses on the business side of medicine in both the FFS and value-based world of healthcare. Read more about the program here.

Register Today for the DOCMS Hybrid Meeting on Prevention of Firearm Injury

REGISTER NOW - Hybrid Meeting

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants, once the registration closes.
Registration will close on December 13th at 12pm.

“Prevention of Firearm Injury”


DOCMS invites the medical community to learn about firearm policy in NC and to discuss opportunities to intervene and prevent firearm injury in our communities. Moderated by Nancy Henley, MD.

Guest speakers include:

Becky Ceartas is the Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV) and has been leading the organization since 2014. She has 22 years of experience with non-profit organizations. Becky became involved in gun violence prevention work after the Sandy Hook tragedy. As a new mom, she was compelled to take action. She now works with volunteers and supporters to fulfill NCGV’s mission, which is to make North Carolina safe from gun violence through educating the public about preventing gun violence, enforcing current laws, and enacting needed new laws.

Dr. Brian Eichner is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Duke in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health and has been at Duke since 2006. Since starting at Duke, he has been interested in the pediatrician's role in preventing gun injury and death and has spoken on this topic in various venues and works with his colleagues on how to discuss firearm injury prevention with families and has worked to improve the provision of gun locks at well child visits across the Duke network. His clinical interests are in the primary care of children with medical complexity and his current research interests are in the early diagnosis of developmental delay and autism.


6:15pm-6:30pm– Socializing
6:30pm-7:45pm– Dinner, Guest Speakers & Discussion
7:45pm-8:00pm– DOCMS installation of new officers and 2023 schedule
CME Credit is available for this session

Join DOCMS for the last membership meeting of 2022!

University Club
3100 Tower Boulevard, Suite 1700 - Durham, NC 27707
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 6:15pm - 8:00pm

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants, once the registration closes.
Registration will close on December 13th at 12pm.


Questions? Email [email protected]


Atrium Health, Advocate Aurora Health Complete Merger

Image credit: Chief Healthcare Executive


Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health have completed the merger of the two health systems, making it one of the largest systems in the U.S.

The combined healthcare system will be called Advocate Health and headquartered in Charlotte. They system will serve nearly 6 million patients annually and is the fifth-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the nation, according to a news release.

The Atrium Health, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care brands will continue to be used in their local communities. The Wake Forest University School of Medicine will serve as “the academic core” of the organization.

Read a joint statement about the merger here and the full news article here.

Manteo Healthcare Task Force to Meet, NCMS to Make Presentation


On Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m., the Town of Manteo Healthcare Task Force will hold a regular meeting at Manteo Town Hall. The hall is located at 407 Budleigh Street.

The agenda will include an update from Joe Rockenstein, chief executive officer at Engelhard Medical Center, and a presentation from Franklin Walker, vice president for solutions at North Carolina Medical Society Foundation.

Public comment will follow the presentations.

Learn more about the Town of Manteo Healthcare Task Force here.

What Are Your Advocacy Goals for 2023?

Hello NCMS members, we need to hear from you!

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey on key issues the NCMS Legislative Cabinet and Board of Directors will consider as they weigh priorities for the upcoming legislative long session.

Results will be shared with NCMS members and stakeholders, including in NCMS Morning Rounds.

NC Medicaid: Updated Coverage for Psychiatric Collaborative Care Management

In response to provider requests and to better align with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on reimbursement for behavioral health integration in primary care settings, NC Medicaid has updated the guidance issued on coverage for collaborative care management previously published March 18, 2022.

Learn more about the updated coverage for Psychiatric Collaborative Care Management here.

Blood Donor Policy Change Could Address LGBTQ Stigma, Increase Donations

Change in donor policy could end stigma for LGBTQ Americans, increase blood supply


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering updating its blood donation policy, which currently places restrictions on blood donations from sexually active gay and bisexual men.

Public health experts and advocates are saying the possible change could help in more ways than one.  Some are going so far as to say that relaxing restrictions helps battle stigma for the LGBTQ community, plus it could help address future blood shortages.

Gay and bisexual men are technically allowed to donate blood to the Red Cross. A caveat to this, however, is sexual abstinence.

In 1983, the Federal Food and Drug Administration put guidelines in place that banned any man who had sex with another man since 1977, even once, from donating blood.

The first HIV blood test was developed in 1985, not long after the FDA's ban was put into place. The tests have greatly grown in accuracy and complexity since then. It was for this reason that the FDA decided to change its guidelines.

The change came in 2018 after years of pressure from the Red Cross, the American Medical Association, and other medical agencies asking for the policy to be more based in current medical data. The FDA, in response, lifted the ban on one condition: a man can't donate blood if he's had sex with another man in the past year.

This guideline was amended again in 2021 due to the urgent need for blood across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. The celibacy period was lowered from one year to three months.

The FDA says there is no “specific timeline” for the update because the agency is currently collecting and analyzing data from multiple sources.

Read the full article here.

Duke University Health System Recognized for Excellence in Digital Health Technology


Duke University Health System has been recognized as a top health care organization for its use of technology to improve patient safety and outcomes.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives's (CHIME) Digital Health Most Wired Survey evaluates the implementation, integration, and impact of technologies in health care organizations around the world.

Read the full article here.