Chip Baggett Addresses American College of Physicians


RALEIGH — The North Carolina Medical Society CEO Chip Baggett addressed the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Friday in Raleigh.  His advocacy update focused on making it easier for physicians to care for patients, making sure physicians have a choice of where and how to practice, and a strong commitment by NCMS to physician wellness.

Key initiatives of the NCMS

  • Passage of Prior Authorization/Utilization Management reform legislation currently being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly and the United States Congress.
  • Creation of a single, unified credentialing process recognized by government and commercial payers, hospitals, and licensing boards.
  • Advocacy for streamlined licensure and renewal process at the North Carolina Medical Board that includes renewal every two years instead of annually.
  • Obtaining a Medicaid and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rate update to adjust for inflation.
  • Recruitment of a minimum of 40 new physicians, PAs, and other healthcare team members through the NCMS Community Practitioner Program.
  • A Task Force on practice employment issues and structural improvements.
  • Improve daily lives of NCMS members through the North Carolina Clinician and Physician Retention and Wellbeing Consortium.
  • Recruit 16 practice partnerships to send participants to the NCMS Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership for next 5 years.
  • Identify sustainable funding for NCMS Future Clinician Leaders College.

Other highlights of the event include MOC credits, the Residents and Students Poster Competition, special interest roundtables, and the presentation of the 2024 Laureate and Volunteerism Awards.

The ACP event also included NCMS members Marion M. McCrary, MD, FACP and Lawrence Greenblatt, MD, FACP.

Here is the full list of speakers:

  • Noel Ivey, MD, FACP
  • Michelle E. Perkons, MD
  • Denise Pong, MD, MPH
  • Former NCMS BOD Member Fatima Syed, MD, MSc, FACP
  • Diana B. McNeill, MD, MACP
  • J. Bryan Sexton, PhD
  • John V. Duronville, MD
  • Rebecca Lumsden, MD MS
  • Kevin L. Thomas, MD
  • Bruce T. Peyser, MD
  • Liza I. Genao, MD
  • Aatif M. Husain, MD
  • Mehri S. McKellar, MD
  • Mithu Maheswaranathan, MD
  • NCMS PAC Investor Suchita Shah Sata, MD, FACP, SFHM
  • David P. Boyte, MD, MBA
  • Ruchi S. Doshi, MD, MPH
  • Katherine N. Neal, MD
  • Bruce T. Peyser, MD, FACP
  • Poonam Sharma, MD, SFHM
  • Girish Kalra, MD
  • Christopher D. Fink, DO
  • Neha Kayastha, MD
  • William S. Yancy, Jr., MD, MHS
  • Christopher A. Jones, MD, FAAHPM, MBA


Chief Resident Presentations:

  • Kathryn M. Langley, MD (UNC)
  • Alyssa MacKay, DO (Atrium Health)
  • Elaina K. Furr, DO (MAHEC)
  • Vasili Katsadouros, DO (Cone)
  • Joshua Walters, MD (ECU)
  • Ashley Bird-Humrickhouse, DO (NHRMC)
  • Nathan A. Hirshman, MD (Duke)
  • Zachary Pruitt, MD (WFU)
  • Randall Reagan, DO (UNC Blue Ridge)