For its 2015 Advocacy Days Conference, the North Carolina Medical Group Managers Association convened this week at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine. The conference was attended by a strong contingent of advocacy-oriented medical practice leaders from across North Carolina. Cam Cox of MSOC Health and NCMGMA’s Advocacy Liaison moderated the event.
Tuesday’s packed agenda opened with a presentation by Chip Baggett, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, in which Chip highlighted the need for effective messaging on the looming 3% retro-cut in Medicaid. The afternoon also featured appearances by former state senator Eric Mansfield, MD; Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation; Adam Linker of the NC Health Access Coalition; and Dr. Robin Cummings, Director of North Carolina Medicaid.
Discussions covered a host of different hot topics in health care, including Medicaid reform, Medicaid expansion, the state’s certificate of need program, and scope of practice.
The managers returned Wednesday morning for a briefing by NCMS staff on the day’s legislative calendar, and they then ventured to the General Assembly to meet with legislators and attend committee meetings. This was the first year the event was held entirely at the NCMS facility, and we hope to host again in years to come!