Current Bulletin

  • NC Institute of Medicine Annual Meeting Focuses on Team-Based Care

    The theme for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s (NCIOM) Annual Meeting to be held Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh will be ‘Team-Based Care for a Healthier North Carolina.’

    The meeting will explore how practices and systems across the state are evolving from coordinated care to team-based care models. The speakers include Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of the Department of Health System Design & Global Health, at the Mount Sinai Health System and Icahn School of Medicine; and Patrick Conway, MD, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

    Register for the meeting.

  • Study of Physical Activity Counseling – Still Chance to Participate

    Researchers from Appalachian State University are looking for physicians, physician assistants, psychiatrists, practice administrators and others on the health care team to participate in a brief survey about physical activity counseling practices. They are interested in all providers no matter your current practices. By taking eight to 10 minutes to complete the survey you will have a chance to win one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards. Learn more.

    Take the survey

    For additional information, please contact: Dr. Richard Christiana at

  • In Memoriam: Matthew Jared Strouch, MD

    Our condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Jared Strouch, MD, 40, of Raleigh. Dr. Strouch died in a car accident on June 28. He was part of the 2018 Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s customized program for Rex Hospital employees.

    Dr. Strouch received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He attended Tufts University medical school and did his residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago where he also devoted two years to cancer research. He completed his fellowship at Washington University Hospital in St. Louis and then moved to Raleigh with his family where he worked as a colorectal surgeon at Rex Hospital for the past six years.

  • Two NCMS Staffers Honored

    In a rare and remarkable convergence, two North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) staff members will both be honored by the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) at its Annual Meeting breakfast on Monday, July 23, in Greenville.

    Alan Skipper, CAE, CMP, Vice President for Specialty Society Management Services for the NCMS received the Bob Slocum Award recognizing outstanding Government Affairs and Advocacy) and Nancy Lowe, CMP, Director Specialty Society Management Services, will receive the Distinguished Service Award given to an outstanding association member who is not a CEO.

    Congratulations to both Alan and Nancy!

  • Congrats to CEENTA On Being Named Healthiest Employer

    North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Plan member, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates (CEENTA) has been named a ‘healthiest employer’ by OneDigital, a health and benefits company.

    CEENTA, which received a practice wellness grant from the NCMS Plan, is constantly finding new opportunities for employees to engage and lead a healthier lifestyle.

    Congratulations to CEENTA!

  • Dr. Stoneburner Appointed to NCIOM Board

    Before the end of its short session, the NC General Assembly approved the appointment of Sarah Stoneburner, MD, an ophthalmologist with Greensboro Ophthalmology, to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Board of Directors for a term expiring on Dec. 31, 2022. Dr. Stoneburner is the immediate past president of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Her post on the NCIOM Board begins Jan. 1, 2019. Congratulations, Dr. Stoneburner!
  • NC MedAssist Event A Huge Success

    NCMS’ Stephen Keene and CCH’s Justen Coleman volunteer with NC MedAssist.

    The NC MedAssist event June 29 in Lumberton drew crowds of low-income children and adults in need of free over-the-counter medicine. North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) staff as well as employees of Carolina Complete Health (CCH), which helped sponsor the event and also brought its Vision Van offering no cost vision screenings and glass for children and adults to the gathering, volunteered to distribute the medicine throughout the day.

    NC MedAssist receives bi-weekly shipments of over-the-counter medicine provided through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The medication is sorted by volunteers and distributed to adults and families who may not otherwise be able to afford it. The medicine is free and no ID is required, although participants must be 18 years old or older in order to receive the medicine.

    CCH is the company formed through a joint venture agreement between Carolina Complete Health Network, which is a subsidiary of the NCMS in conjunction with the North Carolina Community Health Care Association (NCCHCA), and Centene Corporation. The purpose of this partnership is to collaborate on a patient-focused approach to Medicaid under the reform plan enacted in the State of North Carolina.

  • In the News

  • Learning Opportunities

    Registration for Erlanger’s 11th Annual Trauma Symposium is open. The Symposium will be held Aug. 9-10, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Learn more and register.


    NC Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (NCS-ACOFP) 2018 Annual CME Conference will be held Aug. 9 – 12 at the Pinehurst Resort. Earn up to 21 hours of CME credit.  Conference begins with a pre-conference Dermatology Workshop on Thursday.  Review the complete schedule and lecture topics here. Register by July 10th to be eligible for the Early Bird rates.  See the rates on the Registration form. Questions please contact Nancy Guy, NCS-ACOFP Director at 910-893-7960 or


    NC Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) is offering Healthcare Privacy 101 Forum on Aug. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Research Triangle Foundation in Research Triangle Park. Topics include HIPAA Privacy 101, Non-HIPAA Laws Impacting Privacy, HIPAA Security Basics. The forum is free to NCHICA members and $50 for non-members. Learn more and register.


    ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), in partnership with Duke University World Food Policy Center, University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and MAHEC, will present Healthy Eating in Practice August 26-29, 2018, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. This is a hands-on conference for physicians and other health care professionals, focused on changing the culture of health care to better support healthy eating behaviors, particularly in children and families, and prevent chronic diet-related diseases. Register by June 30 for early-bird discounts. Special rates are available for RN, NP, PA, and dietitians/nutritionists.


    Health:Further, an annual health festival held in Nashville, August 27-29, seeks to bring together a  community of doers and thinkers dedicated to building the future of health based on the ideals that health is a human right, and that health must be supported sustainably and affordably. This year, there will be a specific track for physicians interested in medical innovation and leveraging their clinical expertise in the innovation space with presentations from the American Medical Association, Society of Physicians Entrepreneurs, AngelMD, and several others. Learn more and register.


    MAHEC in conjunction with the NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT is offering several upcoming trainings designed to increase health care teams’ comfort with OBOT (Office-Based Opioid Treatment) as well as provide waiver training.

    • Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office Based Opioid Treatment, Sept. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the NCMS headquarters in Raleigh. Get the details and register.
    • Providers Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (the “Half and Half” Course), Sept. 5, from 4:30-9 p.m. at the NCMS headquarters in Raleigh. Get the details and register.



    The NC Institute of Medicine’s Annual Meeting will focus on Team Based Care on Sept. 7, at the McKimmon Center, Raleigh. Learn more. [Also see article on this meeting in today’s Bulletin.]


    MAHEC is offering two courses to help treat patients with opioid use disorders: “Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course,” and “Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT).” The next session will be held Sept. 28. Learn more and register.


    Registration is now open for NC Healthcare Information and Communication Alliance’s (NCHICA) 24th Annual Conference, Oct. 8-9 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about the latest developments and best practices in health care IT and network with your peers. The theme of this year’s conference is “Start Your Engines! The Race to Digital Health,” and the agenda includes four plenary sessions and 24 breakout sessions. Learn more and register.


    The 30th Annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference will be held Oct. 12-13 at the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, NCLearn more and register.


    Registration is open for The Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Alabama will hold the Forging the Future of Palliative Care Summit 2018 on Nov. 1-2, in Birmingham, AL. Learn more and register.


    NCTracks has Computer-Based Training (CBT) courses on a variety of topics available to providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Anyone who is a registered user with NCID access to the NCTracks secure Provider Portal can access and take a self-paced course. A list of courses available can be found here and under Quick Links on the NCTracks Provider Training page of the public Provider Portal.


    MAHEC, working with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse and Project Lazarus: A Project of CCNC, is offering A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain, an online education course. The course is designed for all prescribing health care practitioners who are interested in an overview of the rational prescribing approaches for persons with chronic pain disorders. It will fulfill the North Carolina Medical Board’s requirement of at least one hour of continuing education designed specifically to address prescribing practices for chronic pain management. The course cost is $15 for the first 6 months. Offers 3 hours of AAFP, AMA/AAFP Equivalency, and CDE;