Understanding Structural Barriers to Mental Health Care

More than 6 in 10 physicians (61%) report experiencing feelings of burnout, yet only 14% of physicians report seeking medical attention for their symptoms. Why? There are six key structural barriers that prevent physicians from seeking the mental health care services they may need. The NPSA Day resource Understanding Structural Barriers to Mental Health Care can help you learn more.

Leadership College Program - Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2023!

The KIPL Leadership College Program is a nationally renowned, project-based curriculum designed to foster your leadership skills and build your network in the healthcare community so that you can lead and impact healthcare, in your workplace as well as in your community.

Based on the idea of health care as a system with equal access to all, Leadership College equips graduates to enhance their individual effectiveness to become more influential in motivating and inspiring other physicians and physician assistants to be leaders and drive transformation.

Enrollment is limited - Learn more about the program and apply today!

Appointment Opening for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging

The NCMS has the opportunity to appoint an NCMS Member to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (GAC). The GAC consists of 33 members including 29 members appointed by the Governor, two members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

2022 GAC Meeting Schedule

NCMS Application to State Boards and Commissions

Deadline to submit NCMS Application to State Boards and Commissions: August 31, 2022

*Preferred area of practice: Family Medicine - Geriatric Medicine

No Surprises for Your Patients With These Fact Sheets, the Latest on the No Surprises Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently published four new fact sheets for practices to make available to patients.  Here is what you need to know:

  1. Health Insurance Terms You Should Know
  2. How Do I Read My Medical Bill
  3. What's A Good Faith Estimate
  4. Health Care Notice & Consent Form

You can find these and more information from CMS about the No Surprises Act HERE.

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.


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)