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March 14, 2022

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank


In the News


1.  Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden Webinar

Physician practices across the country continue to operate in an atmosphere of uncertainty, now compounded by a staffing crisis due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. In the latest AMA STEPS ForwardTM webinar, “Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden,” attendees will hear about the current health care workforce landscape, how to plan for workplace shortages, and best practices in workplace safety and efficiencies for staff. The webinar will also feature practical, actionable resources to transform and improve your practice. Accompanying the webinar, the AMA has released an updated version of “A Physician Guide to Keeping Your Practice Open During COVID-19” to address concerns about workforce protection and retention during the pandemic.

2. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices 2022 Recommended Immunization Schedules

Changes in the 2022 immunization schedules for children and adolescents ages 18 or younger include new or updated recommendations for flu, dengue, and COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more about the changes.

Changes in the 2022 adult immunization schedule include new or revised recommendations for flu, hepatitis B, pneumonia and other vaccines. Learn more about the changes.

3.  Patient Resources: Help Paying Heating Bills Available

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps eligible households pay their heating bills by making a one-time payment directly to the heating vendor. Households that meet the eligibility criteria for LIEAP should contact their local Department of Social Services (DSS) to apply. Households can apply between now and March 31, or until funds are exhausted.



COVID-19 Updates


1.    Deltacron: 6 things to know about the potential coronavirus variant

2.    How will COVID end? Experts look to past epidemics for clues

3.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


Roundtable on Safety Net Provider Participation in CMS Innovation Center Models

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 1:00-3:00pm ET

Interested stakeholders are invited to listen in on a special roundtable discussion on how CMS can support safety net provider participation in value-based care and CMS Innovation Center models. The roundtable will be an opportunity to hear from thought leaders in the areas of health equity and health care.



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)