It’s Friday! Here’s your NCMS Morning Rounds

Feb. 5, 2021

Don’t forget today’s Power Hour session from noon to 1 p.m. when our guest experts will discuss the extraordinary toll the pandemic is exacting on people’s mental health. Health care providers also have to deal with the added stressors of burnout and physical exhaustion as COVID-19 continues to spread. Tune in for a discussion about caring for your mental health during such challenging times. Sign up here.

Medicaid Transformation Resources

As the July 1 ‘go live’ date for the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care inches closer, NC AHEC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are working to provide the necessary education and resources to ease the shift from fee-for-service.

The NC AHEC Practice Support team has developed a checklist to help primary care providers through the transition. View the recommendations and resources here.

The Thursday evening webinar series also continues, featuring a variety of topics on both Medicaid transformation as well as COVID-19 vaccine updates. The next session on Thursday, Feb. 11, will address the ‘Advanced Medical Home Glide Path’ and is designed for those within your practice who are responsible for meeting the NC Medicaid Advanced Medical Home Tier 2 or 3 requirements. Learn more and register here.

For more upcoming Medicaid managed care webinars to address your questions and challenges around this major move, visit this webpage.

Making the COVID-19 Pandemic Response More Effective

A team of researchers from the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University and the Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention, is studying how to make our response to the COVID-19 pandemic more effective.

They invite you to participate in a 10-minute survey to assess possible messaging campaigns around the COVID-19 vaccine. Your answers could help shape our vaccine outreach in the future. Your participation is entirely voluntary.

In return for participation, you may opt to enter a drawing to win one of five gift packs containing a water bottle, face mask, and light fleece jacket with the Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention’s petri dish logo.

If you’re interested, please click here to complete the survey.

If you have any questions about the survey or your participation, please email   [email protected].

Interested in NCMS or NCMS Foundation Leadership? Nominations Now Open

Do you want to make an impact in improving health statewide? The NCMS Board of Directors, AMA delegation, Nominating and Leadership Development Committee as well as the NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) Board of Trustees have positions open for the coming year and are now soliciting nominations for these leadership roles.

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

Can Covid-19 Cause Diabetes? New Research Turns Up A Troubling Link, Advisory Board, 2-3-21

Learning Opportunity

Durham-Orange County Medical Society Zoom Discussion on Bioethics, Featuring Sarah Stoneking, MD, Wednesday, Feb. 10 from  6 to 8 p.m.
Dr. Stoneking is a primary care physician at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, NC. She completed her MD at UNC-Chapel Hill, her residency and chief residency in primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, and a Fellowship in Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. She has served on Ethics Committees at Cambridge Health Alliance as well as at the Durham VAMC. She will be beginning a Fellowship in Geriatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill in July of 2021.

• 6:00pm-6:30pm – Business Meeting led by DOCMS President Keely Godwin, MD
• 6:30pm-7:30pm – Featured Speaker
• 7:30pm-8:00pm – Q&A

CME Credit is available for this session.

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!