Morning Rounds 4-26-19

Happy Friday! Here is your NCMS Morning Rounds

These appreciative NCMS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund recipients at Dermatology Associates are l to r: Retha Carroll, Practice Administrator; Marie Hardy, MD, FAAD; Nancy Cunningham, MD, FAAD, and Kimberly Edwards MD, MS, FAAD.

More NCMS Disaster Relief Funds Distributed

On Wednesday, NCMS Director of Member Services for the eastern part of the state Frank Snyder, was pleased to present a check for $12,500 to Dermatology Associates in Wilmington to help in their recovery from Hurricane Florence.

This help is thanks to the NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which has already delivered checks to three practices impacted by the hurricane to help them get back to serving their communities. More practices are in line to receive funds in the coming weeks. Generous contributors to the relief fund include individuals throughout the state and nationally, The Physicians Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

If your practice is still struggling in the aftermath of this devastating storm, applications for relief funds continue to be accepted. Review the guidelines and consider applying. Here is the application to download.

The mission of the NCMS Foundation is to improve access to care throughout North Carolina, and helping practices continue to serve their communities in the face of obstacles like natural disasters is an important part of fulfilling this goal.

Nominate an Outstanding Physician Leader for the Harris Award

The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Harris Memorial Award in honor of the life and memory of one of its founding members, T. Reginald Harris, MD. The award is given to a North Carolina physician for outstanding achievements in the areas of health care quality and service to the medical community.

The Harris Award will be presented in conjunction with the NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 3-4 in Raleigh.

Dr. Harris is remembered for his decades of service to the medical community through the NCMS, the American Medical Association and many other professional, civic and community activities.

Learn more and nominate a deserving colleague. Submission deadline is Monday, July 15, 2019.

HHS Secretary Azar Issues Statement on Measles Outbreak

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued a statement on Wednesday urging proper vaccination for measles in the wake of a rising number of measles cases throughout the country. This is the largest measles outbreak in the U.S. in 25 years, and is closing in on 700 cases so far this year. The resurgence is largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

In his statement, Sec. Azar, noted the following:

“Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease. We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products we have, and their safety has been firmly established over many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever undertaken.

“With a safe and effective vaccine that protects against measles, the suffering we are seeing is avoidable. The CDC is ready to support public health departments in monitoring and responding to outbreaks, and will continue to receive, review, and compile the latest reports of measles cases.

“All Americans would be safer and healthier if we received measles vaccines on the recommended schedule. Next week is a significant opportunity to educate ourselves on the importance of vaccines, as we mark National Infant Immunization Week. The Department of Health and Human Services will undertake a comprehensive campaign to reinforce the message that vaccines are safe and effective ways to protect your children, your family, yourself, and your neighbors.”

Get more information on who should get the measles vaccine.
Here is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s media statement on the measles outbreak.

In the News

Perspective: No Shortcut to Safer Opioid Prescribing, New England Journal of Medicine, 4-24-19

Below is some more background on the 2016 guidelines and recent clarification from the CDC:

CDC: Prescribing Guidelines Shouldn’t Be Used to Deny Opioids to Cancer Patients, Advisory Board Daily Briefing, 4-17-19

Learning Opportunity

Area L AHEC, based in Rocky Mount, is offering a series of online courses addressing different aspects of opioid abuse. Courses may be watched at your convenience and include:



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