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Registration NOW OPEN for the 2021 Virtual LEAD Health Care Conference

The goal for the 2021 LEAD Conference is to bring the health care community together during what has proven to be one of the most challenging times. As the LEAD tagline suggests – Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery – this conference will be oriented around sharing knowledge, perspectives, stories and ideas for health care and the practice of medicine for the future.  What can we learn from each other that will inspire, enrich, and provoke thoughts moving forward.

Some topics we will examine include:

  • Lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Equity in medicine;
  • Well-being among health care professionals;
  • The commoditization of health care;
  • And much more, including our annual MEDTalks presentations, Virtual Scientific  Poster Session, and a Virtual North Carolina Medical Society Open House.

Another reason to attend this year’s Virtual LEAD Conference? You can earn up to 17 hours of AMA PRA Category 1TM CME!

Register by September 24th and save! 

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, learn and engage with your medical society and your colleagues! Learn more about what’s in store by viewing the Agenda online or downloading the meeting schedule (PDF).



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of the Southern Regional AHEC and the NCMS. The Southern Regional AHEC is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Statement   

The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Credit 

Other health professionals will receive Southern Regional AHEC CEU and/or contact hours and a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1 ™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. License requirements are subject to change. Southern Regional AHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing board with specific questions. Southern Regional AHEC will provide 1.7 Continuing Education Units (17 contact hours) to participants upon completion of this activity.

Disclosure Statement

The Southern Regional AHEC adheres to ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. Planners, faculty, and others in control of content and their relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies will be made known prior to the activity. All financial relationships will be mitigated. Speakers are also expected to openly disclose a discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.

Message from WellCare of North Carolina

Beginning 9/1/2021, WellCare of North Carolina will temporarily waive prior authorization requirements for post-acute care, in line with this special bulletin issued by NCDHHS. We will also make Hospital Care at Home available. This will facilitate expedited discharges and alleviate stress that hospitals are experiencing with bed shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scope & Waiver Period:

  • Post-acute care included in this waiver includes LTACH, SNF, Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, and Home Health, for both Medicare and Medicaid, from Sept. 1 – 30, 2021.
  • Hospital at Home, for both Medicare and Medicaid, from Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021.

WellCare of North Carolina is temporarily suspending prior authorization for post-acute placements. WellCare requires notification of all post-acute services within 3 calendar days of start, and all services must be medically necessary. WellCare continues to request notification of discharge to post-acute care as soon as possible so we can support care transitions. Details for the Hospital at Home program can be found in the bulletin linked above.

In the News

Pfizer Plans To Seek Vaccine Authorization In November For Kids Under 5, The Hill, 9/15/21

Learning Opportunity

Join us for the next free Lunch and Learn Webinar: “A Virtual Hot Topics Roundtable” Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

We are trying to something new this month with an open forum, virtual roundtable to address a few of the key areas challenging practices across the state:

  1. Workforce recruiting and retention
  2. Medicaid Transformation
  3. Prior Authorizations

This roundtable is an opportunity for providers and administrators to network, share challenges, best practices, and help guide advocacy efforts at all levels.

Please share your concerns, questions, and any other hot topic suggestions when you register here.

Presented by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in cooperation with the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association

This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend.
Space is limited so register early!

After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions. Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the confirmation email after your register.

Register here.


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