Morning Rounds for July 29, 2020

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Enjoy Today’s NCMS Morning Rounds

  July 29, 2020

Save the Date for this Important LEAD Conference Event

NCMS will host the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater workshop on Thursday, October 15th as part of its annual LEAD Conference. Registration will be limited so be sure to watch your email for the full details in the coming weeks.

Coming Soon: NCMS Virtual Book Club!

The NCMS Members Book Club will officially be kicking off on August 20th!  We have partnered with the hosting-site PBC Guru to create a FREE virtual book club for our members. This will provide an opportunity for personal growth, to build relationships and to foster a collaborative community of togetherness through our shared enjoyment of reading. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is completely free if you are a member of the NC Medical Society*.  The book club will select and read one book every two months so that you will have plenty of time for each book.  All you have to do is get a copy of the book to enjoy.

Moderated discussions will happen via the PBC online forum, so you can read and respond to the topic questions at your own pace, plus you don’t have to worry about finding time to fit in another virtual meeting!  If you are not a fan of forums but still want to have a virtual meeting option for some “face-to-face” open discussion, we will be planning to hold at least one Zoom meeting per book to allow for some more personal interactions.

We are very excited to kick off on August 20th with the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.  Just Mercy is the true story of one attorney’s battle to save a wrongly convicted man from Death Row.  Join us as we read about how he founded the Equal Justice Initiative and the journey towards justice through the power of mercy.

Look for an email on Thursday with more information on how to sign up and join our exciting new NCMS Members Book Club! *Not an NCMS member? Click here to join today so you don’t miss out! (Not eligible for NCMS Membership but still interested in participating in Book Club? Contact Ashley Newton or Danielle Snyder directly for further options.)

NCMS Foundation Program Update

Read on for the latest news on three of the NCMS Foundation’s innovative programs:

Community Practitioner Program

The NCMS Foundation Community Practitioner Program is now in its 32nd year of increasing access to North Carolina’s most underserved patients, by providing educational loan repayments to physicians and advanced practice professionals who work in rural and underserved areas. The CPP’s annual meeting will be held using a virtual format on October 15th.

Project OBOT

The NCMSF’s Project OBOT NC continues to treat OUD patients in two NC locations: Dr. Karen Smith’s practice in Raeford and the Granville Vance Health Department in Oxford. Project OBOT has also been able to provide 20,000 Covid-19 tests to independent medical practices across NC in collaboration with partner Mako Medical Laboratories. If you are interested in receiving any of these tests, click here.

Our Community Health Initiative (OCHI)

Our Community Health Initiative continues to work with the AMA on Diabetes Free NC by utilizing the OCHI software’s virtual capabilities in partnership with The NC Alliance of YMCAs. OCHI is also active in other states, as the YMCA of Greater Denver Colorado is now using the platform.

Deadline Extended to Apply for the Accelerate to Value for Independent Primary Care Program

BCBS of North Carolina has extended the application deadline for the Accelerate to Value for Independent Primary Care program. BCBSNC has provided some additional information to some commonly asked questions regarding this program and application process.

  1. Do I need to submit an application? Yes! Any practice interested in the program must submit an application – even independent practices who are already part of Blue Premier must go to the website and submit the application to get the funds.
  1. How is the Accelerate to Value application connected to joining a Blue Premier ACO? This is a separate application. Accelerate to Value is the program that gives you upfront payments to provide financial support. The Accelerate to Value program application is due on August 14th.

As part of this program you will need to join a Blue Premier ACO by December 31, 2020, which will be a separate process with that ACO. You have the next 5 months to consider your options for Blue Premier ACOs to join.

  1. Is capitation required?  No this is not required. This payment model will not be made available until 2022 and will be optional for practices in the Accelerate to Value program.  BCBSNC will have more details in 2021 to share and to ask for your feedback and input.
  1. Do I need to pay back the money? The money does not need to be repaid unless your practice closes or sells to a health system or other non-independent primary care entity before December 31, 2022.
  1. When will I get paid? You will receive the first Accelerate to Value payment in fall 2020. This funding is yours to keep (see #4). After this first payment there are a series of “catch up” payments after the end of 2020 and throughout 2021. However, you will receive these payments only after confirmation that you have joined a Blue Premier ACO by December 31, 2020.
  1. When is the application due? The application has been extended to August 14th. Don’t delay and submit today!

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send your inquiries to

In the News

An Epidemiologist discusses what it really means to have Racism as a Public Health Issue,

Learning Opportunities

August 12th: Helping Patients with Unhealthy Alcohol Use – This 30-minute presentation hosted by SR-AHEC, with Q&A, will introduce participants to STop UNhealthy (STUN) Alcohol Use Now  Register here


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