Congressman David Rouzer’s recent Health Care Roundtable in Wilmington assembled a panel of constituents to discuss issues on Congress’ agenda which impact patient care across the state. The interactive session focused on issues the NCMS and its partner societies have stressed as urgent to our members of Congress. Asks of Rep. Rouzer included:

  • Help remedy the workforce shortage problem the state by supporting more residency slots and eliminating the requirement that international medical graduates who train in the United States must return to home post-training.
  • Support relief from the burden of utilization management by advancing measures to eliminate wasteful prior authorization requirements and step therapy restrictions.
  • Help assure access to care for our state’s Medicare population by enacting Medicare payment reforms that would update the physician payment formula to include automatic inflationary adjustments
  • Support legislation that would lift the restriction on Physician Owned Hospitals.
  • Support our state’s veterans get the care they deserve by opposing the VA’s proposed National Standards of Practice that would allow unqualified, nonphysician providers the ability to practice medicine
  • Champion continued expansion of telehealth access.

Roundtable attendees included:

Claude Jarrett, MD / NCMS board member and Wilmington orthopaedic surgeon

Michael Moulton, MD / NCMS past president and Wilmington emergency medicine physician

Art Apolinario, MD / NCMS president and Clinton family physician

Van Huffmon, MD / New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society past president and Wilmington spine surgeon

Alan Skipper, CAE / NCMS Vice President, External Affairs


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