The North Carolina Medical Society is happy to announce the addition of John Thompson as the Vice President of Advocacy.  In this new capacity, Thompson will direct NCMS engagement in state legislative matters and activities, as well as working with our stakeholder organizations and individuals to advance the Society’s priorities.

Before joining the North Carolina Medical Society, Thompson served as the Vice President of Government Relations for the North Carolina Healthcare Association where he led advocacy efforts before the North Carolina legislature.  He secured a multi-billion dollar Directed Payment Plan (HASP) for hospitals, helped negotiate Certificate of Public Need reform, and was successfully involved in negotiation on Medicaid expansion.

Prior to that, Thompson owned the public policy consulting firm, The Paratum Group in Raleigh and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Brag for 5 years.  He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

According to NCMS CEO Chip Baggett, “We are very pleased to be adding John, who brings the skill and experience needed to successfully enhance our operations and meet our goals.  We fully expect him to be an asset for years to come and look forward to introducing him to our members across the state.”

Of joining NCMS, Thompson says, “I am very excited to be joining the North Carolina Medical Society.  As someone with close ties to the healthcare community, I look forward to working for clinicians and protecting their ability to work directly with their patients.  That is a sacred relationship that needs to be protected at all costs.”

Thompson will be reaching out to members and legislators soon.  He can be contacted before then at [email protected] or 919-833-3836, EXT 4169.