Here is your Tuesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

July 20, 2021

Don’t forget today’s Lunch & Learn Webinar — Health Equity in Context.

Cornell P. Wright, MPA, Executive Director of the NC Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities is our speaker. Join us from noon to 1 p.m. today. Learn more and register here.

Letter Details Opposition to the SAVE Act

As reported previously, the NCMS along with several specialty societies met with legislators last week to discuss SB249/HB277 — the SAVE Act, which would remove the current physician supervision requirements for nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists within the definition of advanced practice registered nurse.

NCMS Past President and chair of the NCMS’ Medical Team Task Force Robert ‘Charlie’ Monteiro, MD, spoke at the meeting about the NCMS’ opposition to this proposal and about the importance of training and education to patient safety. The NCMS and numerous medical specialty societies sent a letter to legislators outlining our opposition to the SAVE Act. Read the updated letter here.

We need you, NOW, to act, engage, and communicate with your legislators on this issue. Please use the Find Your Legislator link and contact your legislator to discuss the importance of training and education, and why both are crucial to quality patient care.

Don’t Miss this Opportunity to Learn and Grow with Leadership College

The NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) is now accepting applications for its 2022 class of Leadership College scholars. This highly thought of program offers a comprehensive look at leadership development, bringing together a diversity of colleagues from a wide variety of specialties, practice models and geographic location within NC. Leadership College is unique because it also offers participants access to the NCMS’ special position in the state’s health care community with opportunities for a firsthand look at our advocacy efforts and our many other innovative initiatives.

If you would like to learn more, please submit a Leadership College interest form here or email Aubrey Cuthbertson at [email protected].

Learn more about the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership and all its programs here.

Power Hour Is Cooling Off for the Summer

The NCMS Foundation’s Power Hour educational sessions are on summer break.

In the meantime, visit our archive of previous Power Hours to learn about some of the hottest topics of the last 18 months. Scroll through our Power Hour library here.

In the News

Treating the Unvaccinated, The New Yorker, 7-16-21

Learning Opportunity

Understanding Potential Menthol Tobacco Bans and their Impact on Communities of Color

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 21 from noon to 1 pm.

On April 29, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would issue proposals within the next year to ban menthol cigarettes and all characterizing flavors in cigars. This session will outline the latest science on nicotine initiation, addiction, and cessation, the use of flavorings in tobacco products, as well as the disparate impact of menthol tobacco products on various populations, especially communities of color.
Expert panelists will also discuss key milestones of tobacco and nicotine-related policies at the state and federal level and outline the opportunities and challenges of implementing the FDA’s forthcoming menthol bans.

Register here.

If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!