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December 3, 2021

Have You Read the Latest Issue of the NCMS Bulletin Magazine?

Perfect for this season of giving, the fall edition of the NCMS Bulletin magazine focuses on the work that physicians are doing beyond the walls of their practices. Learn more about your peers and their passions outside of their clinic walls.

View the Online Bulletin Magazine

NC Joins Program to Combat Opioid Crisis

As the U.S. reckons with record-breaking drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies is making a five-year, $120 million investment to help combat the overdose crisis in North Carolina and other hard-hit states, such as Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico and Wisconsin.

Read more.

Primary Care Transformation Fellowship Accepting Applications for Third Cohort

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is now accepting applications to fill the third cohort of its two-year Primary Care Transformation Fellowship.

The goal of the fellowship, which begins July 1, 2022, is to train physicians and physician assistants (PAs) to lead health care transformation and improve health within their communities and community-based practice settings.

In order to be considered for the fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a medical degree (MD/DO) or physician assistant certificate (PA-C)
  • MDs/DOs must be board certified or board eligible in family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics
  • Be employed in a primary care practice as a primary care physician/PA for at least two years. Note: Residency does not count toward this requirement.
  • Fellows must work in the United States during the fellowship. This fellowship is ideally suited for those who live and work in North Carolina, but North Carolina residency is not a requirement, and all who meet above criteria are welcome to apply.
  • Individuals from rural practices and under-represented minorities in medicine are highly encouraged to apply.

Read blogs from current and past fellows.

The deadline to apply is January 10, 2022. Contact fellowship coordinator Courtney Simpson at [email protected] with questions.

Learn more and apply.

In the News

Some Experts Suggest Omicron Variant May Have Evolved In An Animal Host, STAT News, 12-2-21

Learning Opportunity

2023 MVPs Development Kick-Off Webinar: MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) Development for the 2023 performance year of the Quality Payment Program and Beyond, Tuesday, December 7 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET

During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will:

  • Summarize new criteria for MVPs development and provide updates to the MVP guiding principles as detailed in the 2022 Quality Payment Program Final Rule;
  • Review timeline updates for MVPs creation and rollout; and
  • Outline the process stakeholders should follow for submitting an MVP candidate for consideration through the CMS MVP Submission Template.

Registration Link

Please note: Participants will have the option to listen to the webinar by dialing in on the phone or listening though their computer speakers. If you are having issues connecting to the webinar audio, please contact [email protected].

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