T.G.I.F! And happy first day of October! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

October 1, 2021

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Flu Season is Here: Protect Your Patients, Yourself, & Your Loved Ones

It’s flu season, and flu shots are the best way to protect your patients, yourself, and your loved ones. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. Reducing the spread of respiratory illness, like flu, this fall and winter is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may give the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit as recommended by CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices.

Medicare Part B covers 1 flu shot per flu season and additional flu shots if medically necessary. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment.

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Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Tier Support Tool

The AMH Tier Support Tool has been revised and is available to help gauge your readiness to serve as a Medicaid AMH provider. The AMH Tier Support Tool updates include the addition of a column to site the source of each standard, as well as clarification as to whether a standard is required or recommended.

Download the tool

NCMS’ Karen Smith, MD Named AAFP Director

The AAFP Congress of Delegates, meeting in a virtual special session, this week elected NCMS Region 3 Board member  Karen Smith, M.D.FAAFP, of Raeford, NC, to a director position with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., of Islip, N.Y., was named the Academy’s president-elect.

Others elected or chosen by acclamation for the following positions are:

Speaker of the Congress — Russell Kohl, M.D., of Stilwell, Kan.

Vice Speaker — Daron Gersch, M.D., of Avon, Minn.

Directors — Gail Guerrero-Tucker, M.D., M.P.H., of Thatcher, Ariz.; Teresa Lovins, M.D., of Columbus, Ind.; Sarah Nosal, M.D., of Bronx, N.Y.

New Physician Board Member — Samuel Mathis, M.D., of Galveston, Texas

Resident Board Member — Amanda Stisher, M.D., of Brownsboro, Ala.

Student Board Member — Amy Hoffman of State College, Penn.

Congratulations to Dr. Smith and the others elected!

In the News

CDC Urges Covid-19 Vaccination In Pregnancy, CDC, 9-29-21

Learning Opportunity 

Reducing Health Care Provider Burnout Through Leadership, Wednesday, October 13, at 1 p.m.

In this webinar, Dr. LouAnne Giangreco will discuss current evidence around provider burnout, discuss the complex systems in health care, and address the need for trained leaders to navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by these systems. She will share the critical leadership competencies that support culture, growth, change management, and, ultimately, transformation.

Learn more and register here.


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