The NCMS Annual Meeting is One Month Away; Have You Registered Yet?

The NCMS Annual Meeting is just a few weeks away, and we would love to see you there! At the 2015 meeting, you can:

  • Learn how you can overcome workplace burnout and achieve a better work-life balance;
  • Network/socialize with the over 200 physicians, PAs and medical students in attendance;
  • Get the latest legislative news straight from the source during the NCMS PAC breakfast and the Legislative Summit...and more!

Download the registration brochure (PDF) for more details or register online now!

Learning Opportunities

A video recording of the "PQRS/Value-Based Provider Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015" presentation has been posted to the CMS MLN Connects® page on YouTube. This presenation is the same as the webinars that were delivered on March 31, 2015 and April 7, 2015 by the Philadelphia Regional Office. View the video.

Thursday, September 24, from 2-3PM, the CDC is sponsoring a free CME webinar titled, "The Role of Clinicians in Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic." During this webinar, participants will learn about the drivers of the increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality and steps clinicians can take to help reverse concerning trends. This webinar is hosted by the CDC Emergency Communication System's Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call. Registration is not needed. Call in at 888-469-1370. The passcode is 3791890. Join by webinar. If you have questions or trouble accessing this COCA Call, please e-mail [email protected]. Call materials (slides, audio, and transcript) will be posted to the webpage a few days after the live call.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) will hold a town hall meeting on EHRs and EHR regulations on September 29 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Waltham, MA. This event will also be streamed online starting at 7:00pm. Register today! Participants will share expreriences and challenges related to EHRs and hear from national and local physician leaders, including AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD. Even if you can't participate in this event, you can still make your voice heard on this critical issue. Visit to share your thoughts about EHR problems and solutions.

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, along with MAHEC, will be holding a CME program in Asheville on Saturday, October 3, on Advanced Laboratory Testing Across Tumor Types. Dr. Jared Weiss from UCN Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Course Director. Download a brochure. More information and a link to register is available here.

Free ICD-10 Implementation Training by CMS at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine, Thursday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register.

All health care professionals interested in neuromuscular disorders are invited to attend the Neuromuscular Review Course 2015 sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Neurology, on October 3, at the Renaissance Hotel North Hills in Raleigh. Learn more and register.

The North Carolina Industrial Commission will hold its 20th Annual North Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Conference on October 14-16, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The conference provides a valuable opportunity for professionals to share information on current issues impacting the workers' compensation arena. View the conference brochure, which includes the conference agenda and registration information. For more information, please contact Jeanne Bush or Eric Oxfeld at the International Workers' Compensation Foundation office by telephone at (386) 677-0041, fax at (386) 677-0155, or e-mail at [email protected].

Carolinas Trauma Related Issues and Critical Knowledge Symposium (TRICKS) of Fracture Management, November 14, 2015, 8 am – 2 pm, Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel, 222 E. 3rd St., Charlotte, NC 28202. For more information, call 704.512.6534 or visit the website for further information.

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) fall course schedule is out. Find out what is being offered July through December 2015 and register today.

Bowtie Briefing for September 18, 2015: Budget passes and Medicaid reform bill moves forward

Late last night, the General Assembly passed the budget, and NCMS Legislative Director Chip Baggett summarizes how its passage will impact the profession of medicine and North Carolina's patients. In addition, he shares how the Medicaid reform bill is progressing and how reform may unfold in the future.

New Hanover-Pender CMS Hosts Meeting to Discuss Proposed NCMS Bylaws Changes

On September 9, 2015, the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society (NHPCMS) held their membership meeting where they invited guest speakers Jeffrey Runge, MD, chair of the Bylaws Modernization Task Force and a member of the NCMS Board of Directors, and Steve Keene, NCMS General Counsel, to discuss the proposed changes to the NCMS Bylaws that will impact the Annual Meeting and House of Delegates. The NHPCMS videotaped the event so that members unable to attend could get an overview of how these proposed bylaws updates will impact them.

Bowtie Briefing for September 11, 2015

NCMS Legislative Relations Director Chip Baggett shares his thoughts on this 14th anniversary of 9/11 and urges action on two important items currently missing from the state budget in regard to Medicaid reform.

Want to sign up to receive Chip's Bowtie Briefings on a weekly basis? Send [email protected] your name, practice/business name and preferred email address.

It's Viewers' Choice! Vote for Your Favorite Photo from This Year's Contest

The thirteen finalists have been named in this year's photo contest and now it's time for you to help select the "Viewers' Choice" award winner! Take a look at the images and then vote for your favorite. Voting ends Friday, September 18 at 5PM.

View the pictures and vote!

Shadow Camels Machu Picchu La Tour Eiffel nc-SunrisePisgahForest nc-road-to-pilot-mountain Hatteras Under the Stars Teton Reflections Old Faithful Star Trails Moraine Lake Leopard, Tanzania Grand Teton National Park Curiosity After Dinner Drink, South Africa

Chip Baggett's Bowtie Briefing for September 4, 2015

Chip shares his assessment of this legislative session and his thoughts on what he feels are the true successes this year.

Want to sign up to receive these video updates weekly? Email [email protected] with your name, organization/practice name, and your preferred email address.

Bowtie Briefing for August 28, 2015

This week's briefing is a quick one, focusing on some new developments in Medicaid reform and updating the status of the Medical Board bill.

For information on contacting your legislator regarding Medicaid reform, click here.

NCMS Member Feedback Sought on Bylaws Updates

The Bylaws Modernization Task Force was appointed to revise the current NCMS bylaws to reflect a policymaking process within the NCMS that is more accessible and efficient. The revisions propose that component medical societies and NCMS members be able to bring issues to the Board of Directors for discussion and action on a timely basis, rather than waiting for the House of Delegates to meet annually. At the HOD’s direction, the Annual Meeting for the NCMS will be preserved, but policy decisions would be made by the Board, and the HOD would be dissolved.
With the goal of transparency, we are posting this proposal ahead of other HOD business in order to allow as much time as possible for our members to review the revisions and provide us with valuable feedback.

The files above are draft documents and subject to change. Check the NCMS Bulletin and website frequently for updates, prior to the October 23-24 Annual Meeting.
Your feedback may be posted in the comments section below and will immediately be routed to members of the Task Force and Constitution and Bylaws Committee. With your input, a final document will come before the HOD as a report from the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Help us get it right for our Society. Watch the NCMS website and the Bulletin for progress reports. We look forward to hearing from you.

Residents & Students: It's Your Time to Shine at the 2015 NCMS Scientific Poster Session; Deadline Approaching

Take Part in the North Carolina Medical Society's Scientific Poster Session at This Year's Annual Meeting

Take part in the 3rd Annual NCMS Scientific Poster Session
Residents & Students: Share your research & clinical vignettes for a chance to win prizes at the 3rd Annual NCMS Scientific Poster Session

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is sponsoring a Scientific Poster Session at its upcoming Annual Meeting. The competition will be held at the Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC on October 23-24, 2015. The NCMS’s objective for the poster presentations is to offer students, residents and fellows an opportunity to share significant research and clinical work of interest with other fellow clinicians.

Download the details and application. (PDF) The deadline for submission is September 15!
The Poster Session will be divided into two categories:

  1. Clinical Research
  2. Clinical Vignette

Prizes will be awarded to the top three students, residents and fellows (first authors) in both categories.

  • 1st prize=$200 per student/resident/fellow author in both categories, for a total of six awards
  • 2nd prize=$100 per student/resident/fellow author in both categories, for a total of six awards
  • 3rd prize=$50 per student/resident/fellow author in both categories, for a total of six awards

This is a great way to collect credit for your program and to interact with your colleagues statewide.
Sponsored by MagMutual Insurance Company.