Happy Friday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

September 3, 2021

The NCMS offices will be closed Monday, September 6. Your NCMS Morning Rounds will resume Tuesday, September 7.

Have a happy, safe, and healthy holiday.

Physician Wellness and Resources

We know the health care system is changing rapidly and for some physicians this is at great personal cost — loss of job satisfaction, burnout, clinical depression and, the worst-case scenario, suicide. As your professional society, we believe YOUR well-being is paramount.

With your help, we’re ready to devote significant resources to YOUR well-being to help you rediscover the joy of practicing medicine and the beauty of reconnecting with your patients.

We’re initially focusing our efforts in the following areas:

  • Changing the culture around seeking help;
  • Gathering and disseminating best practices;
  • Education;
  • Building our financial resources.

This is about YOU. We’d like to hear your story and get your input into our efforts. Please share your ideas about what would be most helpful to you here on our feedback form.

Access Wellness Resources here.

A Message from CMS: Provider Enrollment Activities Resume in October

Beginning October 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will resume some provider enrollment activities that were paused during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including:

  • Application Fees – 42 C.F.R. 424.514
  • Criminal background checks associated with fingerprint-based criminal background checks– 42 C.F.R.  424.518
  • Revalidation – 42 C.F.R 424.515

For more information, see COVID-19 Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs (PDF) 19, 20, 26, and 27.

Healthy Aging: Recommend Services for Your Patients

Medicare covers many services. During Healthy Aging® Month, encourage your patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Recommend appropriate services, including:

More Information:

In the News

WHO Adds New Strain ‘Mu’ To Its Variants Of Concern List, Becker’s, 9-2-21

Learning Opportunity

NC Population Health Collaborative (NCPHC) Meeting: “Using REAL Data to Drive Equitable Outcomes,” September 9, 2021 | 11:00am – 1:00pm, VIRTUAL – ZOOM

Please Join us for the September NC Population Health Collaborative (NCPHC) Meeting, a panel discussion in partnership with Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

View Agenda here.

Register here.

*Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.

Zoom link & meeting ID will be included in your registration confirmation email.

If you have any issues connecting, please contact Ayesha Andrews at [email protected].


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