This past year has proven to be a year of growth, challenges, and change for the North Carolina Medical Society and its over 12,000 members. Throughout the year, the NCMS made a significant impact on the following areas for the benefit of its members:
Regulatory and Legislative Efforts
- Participated in important discussions about the future of the Medicaid program—the paramount legislative issue for the NCMS this year—and our work continues with Medicaid reform. For more information on legislative actions, view the 2015 legislative summary.
- Took a leadership stance on educating physicians about new models of healthcare, ultimately leading to the formation of the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative, a partnership of over 40 organizations interested in providing the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in a value-driven health care system. To date, the TAC has created over 25 toolkits, both general and specialized, to assist in the development of ACOs.
- Raised legislative awareness in this election year through the “Bowtie Briefings” video series, presented by the NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, Chip Baggett.
- Forged a more powerful physician presence at the General Assembly and strengthened physician-legislator relations through the record physician/PA attendance at the White Coat Wednesday advocacy program.
Public Health and Quality of Care
- Raised awareness of the issue of physician burnout and promoted professional wellness through CME presentations at the annual conference. The NCMS has made physician wellness a priority, continue to expand its efforts to combat workplace burnout and becoming a founding member of the newly created NC Consortium for Physician Resilience and Retention.
- Focused on efforts to promote presciption drug abuse awareness and prevention through the creation of the NCMS Opioid Task Force and by offering a educational sessions at the annual conference to meet newly passed CME requirements for opioid prescribers.
- Helped educate physicians and the public on end-of-life issues such as advance directives laws and MOST form as part of the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care, positioning the NCMS as a leader in the state and the nation on this topic.
Leadership & Service
- Enhanced the leadership skills of area physicians and PAs who took part in educational programming through the Kanof Institute of Physician Leadership (KIPL). KIPL’s three core programs — the Leadership College, Clinical Quality University or CQU and the latest program, Health Care Leadership and Management— provide leadership fundamentals to help physicians and PAs lead health care transformation in the state. Thus far over 300 physicians, PAs, residents, and health care team members have taken part in KIPL programming, the majority of whom have utilized these skills serving on NCMS and county society boards of directors and on NCMS and state regulatory committees.
- Assisted medically underserved areas through the Community Practitioner Program, which places physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in rural or underserved areas in exchange for loan repayment. You can help the CPP Program by supporting the NCMS Foundation today.
Practice Management Assistance
- Helped members find answers to important practice management questions through the Solution Center, which responded to over 500 questions from NCMS members and their practice staff;
- Promoted communication among NCMS members through the NCMS Bulletin, sharing breaking news that impacts health care.
- Provided member benefits through the NCMS Marketplace, where a diverse group of companies offer you competitively priced practice management and professional services, as well as online CME opportunities.