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March 10, 2022


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt



In the News


1.  2022 NCMS Photo Contest Now Open

Now in its fourteenth year, the NCMS Photo Contest is an annual tradition that has gained national recognition, and we want you to be a part of it! Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2022 contest. Think you have the perfect picture to send in? Check out the rules and learn more about the contest here.


2. Nominations Now Open for NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) Leadership Positions

Want to make an impact on improving health statewide? Consider joining the NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) Board of Trustees. Positions for these leadership roles are currently open for the upcoming year.

The NCMSF is the philanthropic arm of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). The Foundation seeks to improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians. Its 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, is outlined here. Nominations are due by June 30, 2022.


3. New Legislation Extends Medicaid for Pregnant Beneficiaries from 60 Days to 12 Months After Birth Effective April 1, 2022

Effective April 1, 2022, NC Medicaid coverage for pregnant beneficiaries will extend to the last day of the month in which the 12-month postpartum period ends. The change is made pursuant to NC Senate Bill 105 Session Law 2021-180 Section 9D.13 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Learn more here.



COVID-19 Updates


1.    The CDC’s New Guidelines on COVID Risk and Masking Send Confounding Signals

2.    COVID Treatments Like Paxlovid To Be Prescribed On The Spot In Some Pharmacies

3.    Pfizer begins Phase 2 and 3 trial of COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid in children ages 6 to 17

4.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


Medicaid Managed Care Webinar Series:
Quality & Population Health

Thursday, March 24 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This series, formerly the Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Webinar Series, is designed to support clinicians, practice managers, quality improvement professionals, care managers, and clinically integrated networks (CINs).



Upcoming Events


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

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)