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March 1, 2022

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re kicking it off with a throwback video tribute, honoring long-time NCMS member and Past-President Elizabeth P. Kanof, MD.

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In the News

1. Message from NCCHCA: Cybersecurity Alert

Recently, the Federal government issued alerts about the increased potential for cyberattacks as tensions escalate between Russia and Ukraine, and experts agree that health care providers are a prime target for such attacks, as the on-going strains caused by the pandemic make them particularly vulnerable. Learn more here.


2. AMA Releases New Report with Practical Solutions on Incorporating Technology to Accelerate Behavioral Health Integration

The American Medical Association and Manatt Health Strategies have released a new report that provides recommendations for physicians and their care teams on how incorporating technology—including digital tools for screening and intake, clinical decision support, and telehealth care delivery—can advance access to behavioral health care. It builds on AMA’s ongoing efforts to accelerate behavioral health integration (BHI) in primary care practices and measure the value of virtual care using the AMA’s Return on Health framework.


3. AMA Article Discusses Costs of Primary Care Physician Turnover

A new article authored by the AMA and Mayo Clinic details how primary care physician turnover is costly and results in nearly one billion dollars in excess healthcare expenditures. “Health Care Expenditures Attributable to Primary Care Physician Overall and Burnout-Related Turnover: A Cross-sectional Analysis,” which appears in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, further states that a significant portion of expenditures is due to turnover, while $260 million is attributable to burnout. Patient access to primary care, as well as the continuity and quality of care, are threatened by physician turnover. These findings emphasize the importance of addressing factors that contribute to burnout among physicians as one approach to decreasing overall U.S. healthcare expenditures.


COVID-19 Updates

1.     CDC Updates COVID-19 Tracker With Advisories By County

2.     FDA Authorizes Dose Change For COVID-19 Antibody

3.     NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

Learning Opportunities

AMA STEPS ForwardTM Webinar: Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 12:00 PM Central Daylight Time

The new AMA STEPS Forward™ toolkit “Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems,” developed in collaboration with HealthBegins, offers five steps to advancing health equity for clinicians, patients, and the communities served. The toolkit helps motivated leaders develop a shared understanding and commitment, set data-driven goals, and embark on a journey of continuous learning and improvement for racial justice and health equity. Join co-authors Denard Cummings, AMA Director of Equitable Health Systems Integration, and Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, President and CEO of HealthBegins, at noon CST on March 24 as they provide actionable steps for advancing racial and health equity in your health care system.


Upcoming Events

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

·       2022 NC Spine Society Annual Meeting (April 19-21)