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March 31, 2022

Physicians Week NCMS Staff Thank You from Michelle Laws, PhD

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In the News

1. Debunking Regulatory Myths: Can Physicians Bill for Both Preventive and E/M Services in the Same Visit?

The American Medical Association’s regulatory myths series provides physicians and their care teams with resources to reduce guesswork and administrative burdens so they can focus on streamlining clinical workflow processes, improving patient outcomes, and increasing physician satisfaction. The latest myth in the series focuses on whether physicians can bill for both preventive and E/M services in the same visit. Physicians are not prohibited from coding and billing for both preventive and problem-focused E/M services when they are performed during the same appointment, and this resource provides helpful information on when and how to appropriately handle this common situation.

2. Nominations Being Accepted for the NCMS Golden Stethoscope Awards

Do you know an outstanding NCMS physician or physician assistant member who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication to patients, and stellar skills motivating, inspiring, and leading a medical team? If yes, please nominate that person for the NCMS’s Golden Stethoscope Award! This award will provide peer recognition based upon nominations submitted and final selection by the NCMS Awards Committee. *Please note: NCMS Board and Foundation Board members are ineligible for this award.

Award recipients and nominees will be recognized at the Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala on October 15, 2022. The deadline to submit nominations is August 31, 2022. NOMINATION FORM

3. FCC Healthcare Connect Fund Deadline Extended

The FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund (operated under the FCC’s Rural Healthcare Program) provides a 65% discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses for eligible rural health care providers, including CHCs. All rural CHCs are encouraged to apply for funding.


COVID-19 Updates

1.     The more contagious BA.2 version of omicron is now the most common in the U.S.

2.     CDC: J&J recipients may get 2nd mRNA booster

3.     White House shifts focus to air quality amid COVID-19

4.     NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities

Standard-of-Care Tobacco Use Treatment: Behavioral Interventions and Medications

Friday, April 1, 2022
2 p.m.

This training will prepare clinicians to integrate the most up-to-date standard-of-care for tobacco use treatment, which can double or triple their patient’s/client’s chances of success. This training will discuss evidence-based medication and counseling strategies, as well as considerations for treating electronic cigarette use and treating any tobacco use during pregnancy and lactation.


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)