Morning Rounds for Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Welcome to Friday and the Final Guest-Edited NCMS Morning Rounds!

The Health System Innovation team is back in charge today. See the latest news they have to share…

Sept. 13, 2019

NC Population Health Collaborative Draws Record Attendance

With over 250 attendees participating, the NC Population Health Collaborative held its Third Quarter Meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in conjunction with the CHESS Move to Value Summit in Winston-Salem. The goal of the meeting was to explore the benefits and opportunities of community partnerships and their impact on overall health in our state.

David K. Nace, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Innovaccer, presented on connecting communities and care teams to improve population health, and the culture shift needed to address social determinants of health and develop the necessary relationships between health care and community-based organizations.

NCMS Vice President of Health Systems Innovation Franklin Walker, MBA, moderated a panel on “Closing the Loop—Community Integrated Health.” Panelists included NCMS member Peter J. Morris, MD, MPH, CEO of Urban Ministries; Susan M. Kansagra, MD, MB, with the Division of Public Health, Chronic Disease; Anne Thomas, MPA, BSN, RN, President & CEO, Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation; and Sherée Vodicka, MA, RDN, LDN, CEO of the NC Alliance of YMCAs. The panelists discussed efforts that are underway in North Carolina to bridge communications and referrals and the importance of building relationships to achieve partnerships between health care and community-based organizations.

Sonia Sarkar, MPH, representing The Health Initiative USA, reviewed results from numerous polls showing a consensus across the country — regardless of race, socio- economic status, political affiliation, etc. — about what they believe is important to achieving and maintaining health. She also discussed efforts to connect health care and health through the Baltimore Accountable Health Community and how the different stakeholders were able to come together to improve the well-being of a community. Sonia connected the audience together to generate discussion about strategies to collaborate with community-based organizations to improve community health.

The NC Population Health Collaborative is held twice a year and is a joint effort between the NC Medical Society and the NC Healthcare Association. The Collaborative is co-chaired by NCMS member Martha J. Chesnutt, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Boice-Willis Clinic and Ruth Krystopolski, MBA, Senior Vice President, Population Health, Atrium Health. Thank you to CHESS for its support of this meeting.

NC Population Health Collaborative meeting dates for 2020 are Thursday, March 12 and September 10, 2020.  If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please email Danielle Snyder at

Request for Input on CMS’ 2020 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule

NCMS is working with the Physician Advocacy Institute (PAI) and other state medical societies/associations to respond to CMS’ request for input on the 2020 QPP Proposed Rule. CMS continues their efforts to simplify the QPP and reduce administrative burden as well as improve the access and impact of the program.

We would like to hear from our members on the key areas of concern and/or critical questions that we can include in the response letter to CMS.

Please send your comments and questions to Kristen Spaduzzi,

Learning Opportunities

The 2nd Annual NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference, October 3-4, 2019, Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC. The NCMS has gathered more than 30 health care innovators to share their “Personal Journeys in Health Care;” these educational sessions offer up to 8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . But LEAD is also about connecting you with your colleagues and providing numerous opportunities for socializing with attendees. We hope you will join us for two days of learning and fun!

PLEASE NOTE: Early-bird pricing for the LEAD Conference expires this Sunday, so lock in your spot today to save up to $75! Learn more and register.



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