Enjoy Thursday’s NCMS Morning Rounds.

Oct. 8, 2020

NCMSF Financial Recovery Program Launches Today

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation (NCMSF) is proud to oversee the state-funded Financial Recovery Program (FRP) to assist eligible practices throughout the state that are experiencing economic distress due to the pandemic.

Funding will be based on reimbursement for COVID-19-related expenses incurred between March 1 and Nov. 30, 2020.

Your practice is eligible if it falls in ALL the following categories:
(1) Your practice is organized in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 55B and registered with the North Carolina Medical Board as a professional corporation or professional limited liability company with the purpose of practicing medicine.
(2) Your practice currently provides or contracts for professional medical services.
(3) Your practice is not owned, managed or otherwise controlled by an entity defined in G.S. 131E-76(3), such as a health system.
(4) Your practice is not managed by a practice management company unless the practice management company is majority owned by North Carolina licensed physicians.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2020 with no exceptions.


You may not claim reimbursement for expenses already paid for through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or CARES Act Provider Relief Program.

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for:
• Telehealth equipment cost- computers, cameras, hotspots, etc.
• Revenue replacement is not eligible, but rent/mortgage/utilities expense during shutdown is.
• Infection control costs (PPE, thermometers, cleaning/disinfecting/sanitizing cost, etc.).
• Renovations/cost to accommodate social distancing or improving ventilation (plexiglass installation, HVAC updates, HEPA filters, etc.).
• Flu/pneumonia vaccines (only if not previously budgeted for this year- those are ineligible).

Documentation for these expenses include W9s, receipts and invoices to verify expenditures.

Questions about the FRP may be sent to [email protected].

NCMS ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Voting Resources

With only 26 days until the Nov. 3 General Election, the NCMS has compiled all the necessary links to view your ballot, request an absentee ballot, register to vote and find early voting venues in your area in one convenient spot.

Simply click here to access the tools and information to help ensure you cast your ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Our NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Sue Ann Forrest, MPA, is standing by to answer any questions about who is on your ballot. Contact her at [email protected].

NCMS Marketplace Partner Offers Payment Processing Solutions

NCMS Marketplace silver partner Total Merchant Services offers a comprehensive line of payment solutions for your business: credit card acceptance, debit cards, and check acceptance, plus state of the art equipment at no cost to you.

As an NCMS member you receive additional benefits like a $300 bonus when you partner with them for payment processing services. They will also reimburse you $150 toward your NCMS annual dues. Learn more about this valuable partnership here.

In the News

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Learning Opportunity

Join the Durham-Orange County Medical Society at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. when the zoom discussion will focus on “Finding Synergy: Opportunities for Collaboration Between Physicians and Pharmacists.” The featured speaker is Bill Hitch, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, Director of Pharmacotherapy at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dinner is available for pick up for those in the area. Learn more and register here.

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