Bowtie Briefing for July 1, 2016

Take a look at this week's legislative update, guest hosted by NCMS Associate General Counsel Conor Brockett.

Learn More about Safe Prescribing

Make plans to attend this upcoming educational sessions:

Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives CME

September 17, 2016 | 12:45pm-2:45pm

Grandover Resort & Conference Center
One Thousand Club Road
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407
(800) 472-6301

This session, also presented by Christopher Grubb, MD, will occur during the M3 Conference at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. The event is free for those attendees only wishing to participate in this educational session.

The treatment of pain can be a rewarding part of a medical practice, but the prescribing of opioids is fraught with numerous challenges and pitfalls. Every healthcare provider in our state is obligated to treat pain, and opioid medications are certainly useful in the treatment of moderate and severe pain. However, this mandate must be balanced by the duty to protect patients and the community at large from opiate overdoses, addiction, and the diversion of opioid medications for illicit use. Dozens of opioid pharmaceutical products are available to prescribers, and they each have unique characteristics that make them useful in treating certain types of pain; yet these same characteristics must be understood with regard to their specific impact on the risks of drug misuse and abuse. The purpose of this educational program is to improve healthcare providers' understanding of opioids in the management of pain, including the inherent risks of abuse and misuse.

Educational goals for participants:

  1. Learn about the opioid epidemic in our state and its relationship to opioid prescribing patterns.

  2. Appreciate the provider's duty to mitigate the risks of abuse, addiction, and illegal drug diversion when prescribing opioids for pain.

  3. Review strategies for the evaluation of pain, including the assessment of opioid-related risks.

  4. Renewed understanding of the ethical principle of “primum non nocere” (“first, do no harm”).

  5. Review basic principles of opioid therapy for pain – acute vs. chronic pain, opioid-naïve vs. opioid-tolerant, dose selection and titration, incomplete cross-tolerance, and opioid weaning.

  6. Learn how to properly maintain patients on chronic opioid therapy – patient agreements and consent, NC Controlled Substance Reporting System, pill counts, urine drug testing.

  7. Understand the differences among the available extended-release and long-acting opioid products, including different delivery systems and their pharmacokinetic characteristics.

By the end of this program the healthcare providers in attendance should have a renewed motivation to treat acute and chronic pain in their respective practices. They will hopefully also leave with a desire to take a more active role in combating the drug problem in our respective communities.


The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Other health professionals will receive Southern Regional AHEC CEU and/or contact hours and a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. License requirements are subject to change. Southern Regional AHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing boards with specific questions. Southern Regional AHEC will provide 0.2 Continuing Education Units (2.0 contact hours) to participants upon completion of this activity.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the North Carolina Medical Society through the joint providership of the Southern Regional AHEC and the NCMS. The Southern Regional AHEC is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Southern Regional AHEC adheres to ACCME Essential Areas and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty/planning committee members and commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are also expected to openly disclosure a discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational drugs or devices in their presentations.

Presented by the North Carolina Medical Society, a cooperating member of the Collaborative on REMS Education (CO*RE) interdisciplinary organizations working together to improve pain management and prevent adverse outcomes. RPC Commercial Support Disclosure Statement: This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see for a listing of the member companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.

Learn more by visiting the M3 Conference website at
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Join the NCMS and the MCMS for the Summer Mixer in Charlotte!

You're invited to attend the Summer Mixer, where you can get to know the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the Mecklenburg County Medical Society (MCMS). Spouses are welcome to attend this free reception. Register today!

July 15, 2016 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PMsummer-mixer

The Lodge at the Ballantyne Resort
13015 Ballantyne Corporate Place
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28277
When arriving at the resort, please follow signs to the Lodge or input the address itself into your GPS: 13015 Ballantyne Corporate Place Charlotte, NC 28277. Parking is free!
Register Now!

Other Events Happening in Charlotte:

Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives CME Session

July 16, 2016 | 2:00pm-4:00pm

Ballantyne Hotel, Carolina Room (Lobby Level)
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28277
Presented by Christopher Grubb, MD, the purpose of this educational program is to improve healthcare providers' understanding of opioids in the management of pain, including the inherent risks of abuse and misuse.
Credit Statement: The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Register Now!

2016 NCMS Photo Contest Open for Submissions; July 29 Deadline


Now in its eighth year, the NCMS Photo Contest is an annual tradition that has gained national recognition, and we want you to be a part of it! Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2016 contest. Think you have the perfect picture to send in? Check out the rules below.

The rules:

  • Contest participants are limited to current NCMS members (member physicians, PAs, residents, and medical students) only; the NCMS member must be the photographer of the image submitted.
  • Submit one image by Friday, July 29, 2016. If you need ideas on what appeals to the judges, review the work of last year's finalists.
  • There will be four categories in the contest this year. Please submit images that fall into one of these and be sure to tell us under which category you are submitting your image:
    1. Nature - Landscapes
    2. Nature - Wildlife
    3. North Carolina (images should be of locations within the state)
    4. Travel (send in your best vacation shots)
  • Shots should be of landscapes, animals, or abstracts, preferably horizontal in layout; images of people/portraits are generally discouraged, as photo permissions are hard to acquire;
  • Please state the title of your photo, where the photo was taken, and any other information you would like to include about the image;
  • Photos may be in color or black-and-white;
  • Please limit photo manipulation (i.e. Photoshop). Acceptable photo manipulations include minimal dodging/burning or color correction as well as cropping of the original image. The contest is based on photographic skills and highly altered images are not currently accepted.
  • NCMS staff members will pick the 13 finalists whose work will be on display in the 2017 Member Calendar.
  • The grand-prize winner and category winners will be chosen by a panel of NCMS staff and affiliated jury members;
  • The contest finalists will also have their images voted on by the public, with a "Viewer's Choice" award going to the winner of online voting.


  • Grand prize winner: $200 giftcard and placement on the cover of the 2017 NCMS Member Calendar
  • Nature-Landscape category winner: $100 giftcard
  • Nature-Wildlife category winner: $100 giftcard
  • North Carolina category winner: $100 giftcard
  • Travel category winner: $100 giftcard
  • Other finalists: $25 giftcard and NCMS gift pack
  • All contest participants will receive an NCMS gift pack

How to Enter:

Send your high-resolution images (jpg, tif, eps, or png at least 300 dpi) sized at least to 8" x 10" by any method below:

  1. Email your file to [email protected]
  2. Upload your digital file 
  3. Mail a CD/flash drive with your images to NCMS, PO Box 27167, Raleigh, NC 27611 Attn: Kristen Shipherd.

The top 13 photographs will be decided by August 12, when voting opens to the public to determine the "Viewer's Choice" winner.

Bowtie Briefing for June 24, 2016

Melanie Phelps, JD, Deputy General Counsel at the NCMS, guest hosts today's Bowtie Briefing, which features a special message from Dr. Randall Williams, NC Deputy Secretary for Health Services and State Health Director. Get updates on the budget, CSRS and more.

More information on subjects in this week's video update:
Opioid Antagonist (Narcan [Naloxone]) bill:
Budget with CSRS provisions (pages 78-80):

Bowtie Briefing for June 17, 2016

Guest host Conor Brockett, NCMS Associate General Counsel, offers this week's Bowtie Briefing, featuring updates on the proposed CON repeal, the opioid antagonist bill and more.

More details:

General Assembly:  

Naloxone Saves:

Bowtie Briefing for June 10, 2016

Guest host Denna Suko, Deputy Director for Specialty Societies and Meeting Services, shares this week's legislative update, including election results, White Coat Wednesday activity and CON developments at the General Assembly.


Bowtie Briefing for June 3, 2016

Our first guest host shares the legislative and advocacy updates for the week.


Bowtie Briefing for May 27, 2016

NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, Chip Baggett, covers a fast-moving legislative week, with updates on Medicaid Reform, the budget, elections, and the inaugural M3 Conference.

Bowtie Briefing for May 20, 2016

This week's briefing highlights budget developments, advocacy days, and elections. Watch!