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June 13, 2019

NCMS Disaster Relief Makes Impact Across Eastern NC

Over the last several weeks, NCMS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund checks totaling $80,500 have been presented to six practices throughout eastern North Carolina to help in their recovery from Hurricane Florence. More will be distributed in the coming weeks as the NCMS Foundation seeks to ensure that patients in areas devastated by recent storms continue to get the medical care they need by helping practices in those areas return to pre-storm condition.

So far, the NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund has distributed $250,000 to practices that suffered losses due to last fall’s hurricane. The many generous contributions to the fund in the aftermath of the storm from individual donors throughout the state and nationally along with the financial support of The Physicians Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina have helped many hard hit physician practices. Funds are still available to help more in need. Review the guidelines and application process here. Feel free to forward to colleagues whose practices still may be recovering from the storm.

NCMS Director of Member Services, Eastern Region Frank Snyder had the enjoyable task of delivering the checks to the following practices:     Office Park Eye Center, Jacksonville; Crystal Coast Pain Management, New Bern; Dr. Regina Jensen, Wilmington;  Whiteville Eye Associates, Whiteville; Kidz Pediatrics, Angier; Goldsboro Wellness Center, Goldsboro.

Guide Available to Start an Accountable Care Community

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) recently published the second product of its year-long Task Force on Accountable Care Communities (ACC). Partnering to Improve Health: A Guide to Starting an Accountable Care Community is a starter manual for communities interested in forming cross-sector partnerships to address health-related social needs. These community partnerships are particularly relevant now with the growing movement to value-based care as well as with the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care.

ACCs provide a model for how to broaden the definition of health and bring together the often siloed efforts to keep people healthy and address their health care needs once they are sick. ACCs integrate health care, public health, education, social services and other sectors to address the multiple drivers of health. Within an ACC an array of individual needs may be addressed including access to food and safe housing and linking people facing interpersonal violence with the services they need to find stability.

Download the manual.

“The Task Force on Accountable Care Communities developed 24 recommendations, many aimed at policymakers, to help create the opportunities for communities to form ACCs,” said Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, Project Director at the NCIOM. “We also wanted to provide people working on the ground in communities across the state with information they can use right now to start thinking about how to form an ACC. The guide describes the core principles of ACCs, lots of resources to use as a springboard for moving forward, and considerations to make along the way.”

Existing coalitions and partnerships across the state are prime candidates for developing their efforts further to become an ACC-style model. The NCIOM is continuing efforts to get the word out about this concept and is actively seeking opportunities to present to communities, trade organizations, local government officials, and others.

Learn more about the ACC manual and other work of the NCIOM.

Survey: Third of Americans Worry About Providing for Family

A new survey from Kaiser Permanente finds that more than a third of Americans worry about providing for their family whether it’s food or health care. Review the results of Kaiser’s Social Needs Survey released last week.

Given that safe housing, balanced meals, transportation and social support are essential to Americans’ health and wellbeing, the survey found that Americans across demographic segments face challenges meeting these needs, leading to significant negative impacts on physical and mental health.

The survey results also showed that Americans overwhelmingly want their physicians or medical service providers to help address their social needs, including assessing needs and linking them with community resources.

The online survey targeted 1,006 US adults, ages 18 years and older, who demographically mirrored the US population based on Census data.

Here is an article with more information on the survey results: Americans Want Their Doctors to Ask About Social Needs, Healthcare Dive, 6-5-19

In the News

Novant Health Opens Institute of Innovation and AI, Becker’s Hospital Review, 6-5-19

Learning Opportunity

The UNC School of Government Opioid Response Project is offering a series of free webinars focusing on how North Carolina local government and communities are responding to the opioid crisis. The first, ‘Expanding Treatment Options,’ will be held June 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. webinar, will provide an introduction to treatment options for opioid use disorder, including medication-assisted treatment, and the webinar will explore efforts in communities in Lenoir County and Wilkes County to expand and improve treatment options. Future topics include: ‘Community Outreach and Education’ on July 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and ‘Syringe Exchange Programs’ on Aug. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn more and register.

 

 

 
 

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