Bowtie Briefing for April 8, 2016

Chip Baggett provides an update on the DHHS Listening Sessions on Medicaid Reform and also highlights upcoming committee meetings at the General Assembly that occur before the short session begins on April 25.

For more information on the Medicaid Reform public hearings, visit
To submit an online comment about the proposed plan, visit

Bowtie Briefing for April 1, 2016

Chip Baggett shares his advice on how to best communicate with your legislator regarding issues such as the Medicaid Reform draft waiver. Below are some helpful links.


2016 NC Doctor of the Year Named

As part of the NC Doctors’ Day celebration, Jason Stopyra, MD, has been named 2016 NC Doctor of the Year. Dr. Stopyra is an emergency physician, and is Medical Director of Emergency Services in Randolph and Surry counties and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He received the most online votes of the 10 NC Doctor of the Year Award finalists making him the winner.
The award comes with a $5,000 prize to be used to further a professional or community project of the winner’s choosing. Dr. Stopyra has decided to split the check to benefit five families struggling with serious illness.
NC Doctors’ Day is the homegrown celebration of National Doctors’ Day spearheaded by the NCMS. Starting in February, patients, colleagues, family and friends nominated doctors who exemplify the best qualities of caring, compassion, clinical expertise and community involvement. This year over 300 doctors were nominated through the NC Doctors’ Day website ( In mid-March 10 finalists were selected to participate in an online voting contest. These extraordinary physicians represent various specialties and are from across North Carolina. See their profiles here.
The nomination for Dr. Stopyra caught the finalist selection committee’s attention, singing his praises as a clinician, mentor and a compassionate community leader: “His compassion and care toward all patients is outstanding. He is a great emergency department physician and a great mentor to anyone interested in any part of the medical field,” one nominator wrote.
Approximately 11,400 online votes were cast during the voting phase with Dr. Stopyra receiving nearly 3,300.

Bowtie Briefing for March 24, 2016

No bowtie and a day early -- Chip Baggett, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, throws us some curve balls in this week's legislative briefing, where he focuses on the NCMS talking points regarding the Medicaid Reform draft waiver. Share your thoughts below on this reform plan, or visit this week's Bulletin article on the topic for more details and to comment there.

To vote on your favorite NC Doctor of the Year finalist, visit

Bowtie Briefing for March 18, 2016

Check out this week's legislative update with NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Chip Baggett.

Bowtie Briefing for March 11, 2016

NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Chip Baggett shares developments regarding the Medicaid reform draft waiver and recent scope of practice testimony provided at the General Assembly.

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Bowtie Briefing for March 4, 2016 - Weekly Legislative Update

Chip Baggett focuses on four new developments in this week's legislative update: election reminders, NC HIE Authority news, Medicaid reform updates, and an upcoming issue that will be addressed next Tuesday at the General Assembly.

Bowtie Briefing for February 19, 2016 - NC HIEA Update

NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, Chip Baggett, provides an update on the transition to the new NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA).

Bowtie Briefing for February 12, 2016 - Election Update

NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Chip Baggett shares his latest "Bowtie Briefing," focusing on the upcoming primary elections and on two races where physicians are running for seats in the NC House and Senate.

The Bowtie Is Back: Chip Baggett Hosts the First "Bowtie Briefing" for 2016

Primary elections are right around the corner, and Chip Baggett, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations,  offers some advice before you head out to the polls.