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March 25, 2022

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In the News


1. National Physicians Week

Today marks the start of National Physicians Week, which runs through March 31st.

National Physicians Week is an opportunity for physicians to be celebrated and recognized for their dedication to the practice of medicine.

Our gratitude is not limited to just one week. We at the NCMS acknowledge, salute, and thank you for your dedication, and all the hard work you put in to help keep North Carolina healthy, all year long.

We value you as a member and your commitment to your profession. We celebrate YOU!

Learn about the history of National Physicians Week.

2. North Carolina Medical Society Members’ White Coat Action Alert

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion will listen to testimonies from NCMS Board member Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP, and NCMS Legislative Cabinet member McNeil L. Cronin, MD, in support of efforts to improve health insurance coverage in the state and in opposition to HB 277/SB 249 – The SAVE Act.

If passed, the SAVE Act would expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists within the definition of “advanced practice registered nurse.”  (For more information on the SAVE Act, view the NCMS’s 2021 Legislative Summary.) The NCMS’s position is that all patients deserve access to comprehensive care from a collaborative team. Removing physicians and physician assistants from the equation would not result in increased access to care and could potentially increase risks for patients.   

For full details, watch your inbox for a NCMS Legislative Action Alert.

3. 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.



COVID-19 Updates


1.    NCDHHS Launches New Format for COVID-19 Data Dashboard

2.    COVID Testing, Vaccinations for Uninsured at Risk as Funds End immunity

3.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities

NACHC Briefing on Medicaid Redeterminations and State Flexibilities

Monday, March 28, 2022, 4:00 PM Eastern Time

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC will host a webinar meeting to discuss the impact and implications related to the end of the federal PHE and related Medicaid redetermination and flexibility processes. In addition to presentations from NACHC policy and operational staff, national Medicaid experts’ Joan Alker and Tricia Brooks with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will join to share their perspective.



Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for these 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)