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February 25, 2022

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In the News


1. First Round of Legislative Town Halls In Robeson County

The North Carolina Medical Society’s team supported the Robeson County Medical Society Legislative Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. NC state Senator Danny Britt, who represents Robeson County, was in attendance and gave an update on his support of the NCMS’s legislative priorities. NCMS President-Elect Arthur Apolinario, who will be installed in October 2022, and board member Jugta Kahai, MD, FAAP were also in attendance. Special thanks to Dr. Lowry and Dr. Mouser for convening the meeting and the NCMS and Robeson County Medical Society members who attended the event.

Future town halls will showcase the people in elected office who understand NCMS issues and priorities is crucial to our success. NC Representative Kristin Baker, MD, an NCMS member and a candidate for reelection, is currently the only physician serving in the NC House. Dr. Baker is Co-Chair of the House Health Committee and has played a key role in the legislature’s debates on priority issues, such as telehealth, scope of practice, and closing the coverage gap.


2. Court Opinion in No Surprises Act Lawsuit

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On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas found in favor of the Texas Medical Association’s lawsuit challenging rule provisions implementing the No Surprises Act. In short summary, the Court concluded that (1) the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the interim final rule, (2) the rule improperly conflicts with the No Surprises Act and must be set aside, and (3) the Departments improperly bypassed notice and comment when implementing the challenged portions of the Rule. The full opinion is available here.

The ruling is a positive outcome for this action, which the NCMS supported by serving as a named amici organization in an amicus brief filed by the Physicians Advocacy Institute. The full impact of the Court’s decision is still developing, but this is a positive step towards better alignment Congress’ intent when passing the No Surprise Act.


3. Deadline To Register for 2022 Candidate Workshop Approaching

Only a few spots remain for the 2022 AMPAC Candidate Workshop.

At the Candidate Workshop, political veterans from both sides of the aisle will give you expert advice about politics and the sacrifices needed to mount a competitive campaign. You will learn: how and when to make the decision to run; the importance of a disciplined campaign plan and message; the secrets of effective fundraising; what kinds of media advertising are right for your campaign; how to handle the inevitable crises that emerge for every campaign; and the role your spouse and your family will play.

Don’t wait! Registration for the Virtual Candidate Workshop will close on Monday, February 28.

For more information please contact: [email protected]



COVID-19 Updates


1.    17 Rapid COVID-19 Tests Approved For Use At Home 

2.    Heart Condition Rare For COVID-19-Vaccinated Teens: 4 Findings

3.    NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


XULA 15th Health Disparities Conference—Interprofessional Approaches to Mitigating Health Disparities: A Paradigm Shift

March 30, 2022—March 31, 2022

Virtual Conference

The 15th Health Disparities Conference participants include clinicians (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals), health policy makers, researchers, health educators, public and community health leaders, and students whose work incorporates the use of multidisciplinary and interprofessional partnerships to build collaborations that eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.



Upcoming Events


·       2022 NC Neurological Society Hybrid Annual Meeting (Feb. 25-27, 2022)

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)