Have You Read Your NCMS Bulletin: 2022 Year in Review? We Sure Hope So. Prizes Are On The Line!

It's NCMS Bulletin: 2022 Year in Review Trivia Time!

 

We sure hope you've read your NCMS Bulletin! Why? Because you could win an awesome prize simply by answering the following question:

What is the age of our youngest member?

The first five people to respond to today's NCMS Bulletin: 2022 Year in Review Trivia Question will win a special gift from the NCMS!

Good luck!


We Need You! Become a Key Contact for NCMS.

 

Do you have a relationship with an elected official or want to grow your involvement in NCMS’s advocacy efforts? Become a Key Contact!

Key Contacts are subject matter experts who will champion for every physician, physician assistant, and patient in North Carolina. The relationships they build with State and Federal legislators are vital for continuing the advocacy success of the North Carolina Medical Society.

In order for NCMS to have effective advocacy, we need each of you to sign up to become a Key Contact now!


UNC Gillings Study Shows Effectiveness of Updated Bivalent Boosters

 

 

In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health found that bivalent boosters are more effective than original monovalent boosters at preventing COVID-19-related hospitalization and death.

“We were able to evaluate not only the effectiveness of the two bivalent booters but also compare their effectiveness to that of monovalent boosters.” [source]

Learn more about the research and findings here.


NCMS & NCMGMA Present: Legislation, Expectations and Advocacy, Oh My!

 

Join us for the February 2023 Webinar:
Legislation, Expectations and Advocacy, Oh My!

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

featuring

The NCMS Legislative Advocacy Team

 

Your NCMS and NCMGMA invite you to join in as we take a look at what to expect in the 2023 legislative session in North Carolina, and how it may impact your practice and patients. 

The key objectives for this webinar are:

  • Review the 2022 election results and how they impact your practice and patients
  • Introduce you to the 2023 advocacy agenda
  • Highlight bills that have been filed (so far) and what to expect
  • Put a spotlight on where your advocacy efforts are needed and how

Presented by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in partnership with the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association

This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend.
Space is limited so register early!

***After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with the webinar link and phone-in instructions. Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the confirmation email after you register.***

Our Presenters

Thomas Kincheloe
NCMS Director of Legislative Affairs



Alan Skipper
NCMS Vice President of External Affairs

 


HASP Should Be on Your Radar! Here's why.

 

The Healthcare Access and Stabilization Program (HASP) is a reimbursement program for hospitals that have experienced financial losses.

Administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HASP will reimburse hospitals at a rate closer to the cost of care. Through HASP, health systems may receive up to $1.8 billion in federal dollars to care for patients covered by Medicaid. [source]

Read the full article here for more details.


Member Spotlight: Eric Morse, MD

Dr. Eric Morse  (image credit: Governor's Institute)

 

 

NCMS member Dr. Eric Morse was presented with the Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Award at the 2022 AATOD national conference in Baltimore, MD.

The Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Award, is a tribute to those individuals who have been nominated and selected by their peers for extraordinary service in the opioid treatment community.

Dr. Morse recently opened his ninth Opioid Treatment Program in North Carolina, the Morse Clinic of Durham, and is only the second North Carolinian to win the award.

The NCMS and its membership congratulates Dr. Morse!


Back in Session! See The Bills That Could Impact You and Your Patients.

 

The NC General Assembly is officially back in session. Last Wednesday started with bills which could impact you and your practice.

Three bills were filed in the house and senate in attempt to codify Roe v. Wade and the Senate starts off the year by revisiting Medical Cannabis in North Carolina.

Here is a look at some important legislation as we begin the 2023 long session.


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

 

The bad news: Each year more than 350 North Carolina women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 100 die from the condition. The majority of these deaths occur in women over age 45. The good news: When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable.

Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer.

Some warning signs of cervical cancer are:

Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Increased vaginal discharge
Pelvic pain
Pain during sexual intercourse

Cervical cancer occurs most often in people over age 30 and can affect anyone with a cervix.

Screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer.

See the CDC's wealth of information on cervical cancer here.

 


Huge Kudos to Atrium Health!

200 Atrium Health doctors named top in Charlotte area by SouthPark Magazine

Atrium Health announced that more than 200 of their physicians have been named to SouthPark Magazine Top Doctors in the Charlotte area – more than any other health system in the region.

The list represents physicians in 49 specialties who were selected by their peers with a goal of saluting the area’s leading medical practitioners.

View this impressive list here.

The NCMS congratulates Atrium Health and its physicians on this great accomplishment!


Could Your Patient's Weight Alter the Effects of Vitamin D Supplements?

 

A new study suggests overweight individuals might not reap the health benefits from taking Vitamin D supplements.

Researchers found a 30% to 40% reduction in cancer, cancer deaths and autoimmune diseases among people with a lower body mass index (BMI) who took vitamin D supplements, but only a small benefit among those with higher BMIs.

"Patients with obesity, despite taking the same amount of supplement, had a lower response," said lead researcher Deirdre Tobias, an assistant professor in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. [source]

Read more about the study and its findings here.