The weekly e-newsletter of the North Carolina Medical Society

  • NC Medical Board Votes Down Special Purpose License for Administrative Medicine

    The North Carolina Medical Board decided last week not to pursue the creation of a Special Purpose License for Administrative Medicine, after holding a public meeting on March 16 and […]

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  • Governor Names Karen Gerancher, MD, to NC Medical Board

    Governor Purdue recently appointed Dr. Karen Gerancher of Winston-Salem to the North Carolina Medical Board. Dr. Gerancher earned her MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her residency training in obstetrics […]

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  • Attorney General Stresses Importance of Controlled Substances Reporting System

    On Saturday March 20th,  NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, along with Greg McCloud, Legislative Liaison for the Attorney General’s Office, and Mike DeSilver, with the State Bureau of Investigation, spoke […]

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  • Comment Period Underway for DEA E-Prescribing Rule

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued an interim final rule to regulate electronic prescribing of controlled substances. The 344-page rule  contains a request for comments. The effective date of […]

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  • Health Alert for Pregnant Women

    The NC Ob/Gyn Society has received an alert from the NC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) regarding a cultural remedy which could result in lead poisoning.  Environmental Health […]

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  • Staff Rounds: Your NCMS Staff at Work for You

    NCMS staff members attended the following events/meetings in March on your behalf. Date Event/Organization Key Issues Covered Staff 3/16 NC Joint Midwifery Committee Monitor the ongoing deliberations of the committee […]

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  • Physician Volunteers Wanted for Doctors-on-Call in Greenville

    At least ten more physicians are needed to answer calls from viewers in the 2010 WITN-TV Doctors-on-Call program, Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 12:00 noon – 6:00pm, in Greenville. Thus far, thirty-one […]

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  • Tuesday, March 30, Is National Doctor’s Day

    National Doctor’s Day provides an opportunity for patients, colleagues and others to remember and thank special physicians who have made a real difference to their patients and in their communities. […]

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  • NCMS Analysis of Health System Reform Law and Reconciliation Language

    The North Carolina Medical Society has evaluated the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama earlier today – as well as the reconciliation bill that modifies this law to be debated by the Senate in the coming days.

    The NCMS recognizes the positive measures of this law that expand coverage to more uninsured individuals, eliminate bans on pre-existing conditions and the primary care-based initiatives that would promote prevention and wellness. However, the positive results of these reforms will be overshadowed by disabling actions taken by this bill including:

    • A failure to permanently repeal Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula.
    • A failure to enact meaningful medical liability reform.
    • A failure to allow physicians and patient rights to privately contract without penalties.
    • The imposition of penalties for physicians who do not successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).
    • The creation of a Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
    • Ban the establishment of new physician-owned hospitals.

    NCMS has addressed these concerns repeatedly throughout the process with the entire Congressional delegation. Staff as well as physician leadership have visited individually with the North Carolina Congressional delegation to ensure that your voice was heard during this debate.

    For a copy of the NCMS bill comparison, click here. This document will be updated on our site as the reconciliation process continues. Please feel free to offer questions, comments, or feedback via this blog.

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  • Bulletin for 3-19-2010

    Bulletin for 3-19-2010

    Volume 61 Issue 12 – March 19, 2010 Featured Stories U.S. House Releases Health System Reform Reconciliation Language Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives released legislative language for the […]

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