Enjoy your Tuesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

Sept. 29, 2020

Don’t Miss This Year’s MEDTalks

This year the MEDTalk tradition goes virtual. Learn about each of our 2020 Leadership College scholars’ year of research into real issues impacting physicians and PAs today. These brief presentations, modeled on TEDTalks, give you a quick glimpse into what the newest generation of leaders have discovered – about their timely topic and about their leadership potential. Tune in on Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. CME is available for this session. Learn more and register here.

And don’t forget the other elements of our virtual NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference. The Racial Equity Training workshop held on Thursday, Oct. 15, an innovative and interactive training that will give you new insights into racism and health equity. Space is limited for this special opportunity, so register now.

The NCMS Annual Business meeting will take place on Friday afternoon and will feature our keynote speaker Howard Bauchner, MD, MPH, Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Bauchner will share his unique insights on the COVID-19 pandemic and other timely topics. Also at the Business Meeting, NCMS’ outgoing President Palmer Edwards, MD, DFAPA will reflect on a very eventful year and incoming President Philip Brown, Jr., MD, will lay out his vision for the coming year for the Society.

Learn more and please join us by registering today.

Get Ready for Medicaid Managed Care

As NC Medicaid moves forward with its planned implementation of Medicaid Managed Care (‘go live’ is July 1, 2021), it is important for enrolled providers to act now to thoroughly review their individual and organization provider enrollment record in NCTracks.

Correct information on the NCTracks provider record will assist beneficiaries with the search for primary care providers in the new NC Provider & Health Plan Look-Up, expected to be available Jan. 1, 2021. Providers are encouraged to begin the Manage Change Request process to make necessary corrections and updates.

For more information, please see Ensure Your Information Displays Correctly in NC’s Provider Directory Tool – Provider & Health Plan Look-Up.

Toolkit for Independent Primary Care Practices

Our friends at Avance Care have shared an updated version of their COVID-19 toolkit aimed at independent primary care practices.

This latest compilation of useful resources includes:
• Tips and strategies on how to prepare for and handle a potential ‘Twindemic’ as we enter flu season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• A useful flow chart on managing ongoing COVID symptoms – or long COVID;
• Breathing exercises developed at Johns Hopkins to help control COVID-related cough.

Access this useful toolkit here. It also is posted on the NCMS COVID-19 webpage for reference anytime.

In the News

COVID-19 Canines: How Dogs May Help Sniff Out the Coronavirus in Humans, ABC News, 9-24-20

Learning Opportunity

The Overcoming Obesity Virtual Conference will take place Oct. 7-11. The conference is organized by the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), the largest organization of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care providers who are dedicated to improving the lives of patients affected by obesity. The conference will focus on how to treat obesity across the lifespan including advanced techniques for developing personalized treatment plans for patients across the lifespan, particularly for patients with comorbidities such as cancer, psychiatric disease, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes and more. Learn more and register here.

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