Happy Friday! Enjoy today’s NCMS Morning Rounds.

Oct. 2, 2020

Racial Equity Institute Training at LEAD Conference

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain new insights into racism in this country, particularly as it relates to health, at the NCMS’ Virtual LEAD Health Care Conference. Only a few spots remain for the special Racial Equity Institute workshop to be held Thursday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., so learn more and register now.

This training is just one part of our virtual LEAD conference this year. For instance, on Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon you can tune in to this year’s MedTalks. This is when our 2020 Leadership College scholars will give brief presentations on the results of each of their year-long projects. Topics are presented in a lively video format and cover issues important to the health care profession today from the impacts of COVID-19 to collaborative care models. See a list of all the topics and register today.

CME is offered for these virtual events.

And don’t forget our NCMS Annual Business meeting on Friday, Oct. 16 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. when we will welcome guest speaker Howard Bauchner, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief, JAMA, hear from NCMS President Palmer Edwards, MD, DFAPA about his extraordinary year as our leader and inaugurate incoming NCMS President Philip Brown, Jr., MD as he describes his vision for the coming year. Learn more and register.

Free PPE Deadline Nov. 15

Even if you currently have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), we encourage you to take advantage of the FREE PPE the NCMS is distributing to independent practices throughout the state. Be prepared for whatever the future may hold and stockpile this PPE. The deadline to order is Nov. 15.

Learn more about this program and order today.

New Appointee to NC Medical Board

Gov. Roy Cooper recently appointed NCMS member and NCMS Foundation Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership alumna Anuradha Rao-Patel, MD, to the NC Medical Board (NCMB) for a three-year term beginning Nov. 1.

Dr. Rao-Patel is the Lead Medical Director for Government Programs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In that role, she oversees the medical directors responsible for the utilization and care management activities for Medicare Advantage, Federal Employee Program (FEP), and the NC State Health Plan lines of business at Blue Cross NC. She also supports the company’s behavioral health team and Healthy Blue (managed Medicaid).
In addition to this role, Dr. Rao-Patel is leading an internal opioid workgroup for Blue Cross NC and works collaboratively with other key stakeholders at both state and national levels to identify solutions and best practices on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder while focusing on effective care coordination for member focused care delivery.

Dr. Rao-Patel attended medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. She then completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining Blue Cross NC, she was in private practice providing services for chronic pain management and addiction management. She continues to be clinically active and see patients in addition to her role at Blue Cross NC

The NCMB is made up of 13 members, including physicians, advanced practice providers and non-clinician members of the public. Learn more about the Board of the NCMB here.

In the News

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Learning Opportunity

United Healthcare is offering two virtual Medicare Advantage Provider Telehealth Trainings this month providing information and resources on connecting with patients using telehealth, coding tips, office staff training and more. The first session will be offered Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Access this session here. The second session is Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. Access that session here.

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