Finally Friday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

Feb. 19, 2021

Don’t forget today’s Power Hour at noon when the discussion will focus on the importance of teamwork during challenging times like these, and, in general, how inter-professional care teams can improve patient care, lower costs, increase population health and even help alleviate burnout and stress. Learn more and register to receive the Zoom link here.

COVID-19 Conditions Coding Help

As of the beginning of this year, six new ICD-10 codes were implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify conditions related to COVID-19. Using these codes is important to capturing more information about the virus through surveillance data and the nation’s health care claims. Read the CDC’s announcement.

To help make sense of the new codes, NC AHEC and Community Care of North Carolina have developed a tip sheet. Access that resource here.

Opportunity to Mentor a Future Physician

Is your practice interested in mentoring the next generation of clinicians but not quite ready to host students? Consider employing a MedServe Fellow. Fellows are recent college graduates who have completed a pre-medical curriculum and are taking time off before medical school to get clinical experience.

Fellows spend two years as full-time employees in clinics in both clinical (e.g. medical assisting) and public health (e.g. outreach) roles. The cost of hosting Fellows is shared with MedServe’s philanthropic funds.

Learn more here.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for NCMS/NCMSF Leadership Positions

Nominations to serve on the NCMS Board of Directors, AMA delegation, Nominating and Leadership Development Committee as well as the NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) Board of Trustees are now being accepted for the coming year. Read on to learn more about the positions and if you or someone you know would be a good candidate.

The NCMSF, the philanthropic arm of the NCMS, seeks to improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians. The Foundation’s portfolio of programs demonstrates our commitment to this vision. Learn more about each of these programs here.

A full description of what is expected of members of the NCMSF Board of Trustees along with details on the nomination process are outlined in this document. Nominations are due by Aug. 30, 2021.

The NCMS’ Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the NCMS Board of Directors, NC American Medical Association (AMA) Delegation and on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee itself. Nominations are due by May 17, 2021.

An overview of each of the roles on the NCMS Board of Directors, AMA delegation and Nominating and Leadership Development Committee along with details on the nomination process are included in this document.

In the News

Physicians See Spike In Rare Inflammatory Condition Linked To COVID-19, Becker’s Hospital Review, 2-16-21

Learning Opportunity

2021 Virtual Addiction Medicine Conference, April 8-10
Please join us for the 12th Annual Addiction Medicine Conference. Addiction Medicine 2021 will provide clinically relevant SUD knowledge and skills for physicians, APPs and other providers working in a variety of healthcare settings. Join us as we explore addiction medicine in the context of a pandemic: how we have adapted to COVID-19 and what we can expect as we transition to a post-pandemic world.

Learn more and register here.

If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!