Morning Rounds for July 30, 2020

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  July 30, 2020

NCMS Asks North Carolina Congressional Delegation for Clarity on COVID-19 Relief Taxation

NCMS EVP and CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA, submitted a letter on behalf of the Medical Society to North Carolina’s Congressional delegation seeking clarification and correction of potential tax consequences for health providers who were recipients of federal COVID-19 aid programs. The letter asked for more clarity to ensure that funding provided in response to COVID-19 is not taxable and that entities who received these funds maintain tax deductions attributable to these funds. Read the full letter here.

Get Your COVID-19 Questions Answered during Office Hours This Friday, July 31

As part of the State’s continuing efforts to ensure providers have the information they need, Dr. Betsey Tilson, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist, will provide brief updates on the State’s COVID-19 response and will respond to questions this Friday, July 31, from 12:30-1:30pm.

To participate:

Access through your computer:

Audio dial-in:

For audio-only access (mobile)

Dial +16465588656,,705979628#

For audio-only access (office telephone)

Dial (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592

Webinar ID: 705 979 628

Dr. Tilson and Dr. Moore will also hold Office Hours on Friday, August 14th and Friday, August 28th, all from 12:30-1:30pm.

You can send questions in advance to

The Spotlight is on Access to Care

Access to quality care and social supports is a foundational element to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians and is a priority area of NCMS programming and policy work. The NCMS Board of Directors recently approved a new NCMS Access policy that highlights crucial components needed to deconstruct existing barriers impeding access and reinforces the need for a person-centered approach to accessing care and social supports.

The importance of access is even more apparent now than ever before. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s (NCIOM) recent blog post, Employer-Based Health Insurance Loss Due to the COVID Pandemic, puts a spotlight on the tremendous impact COVID-19 is having on the unemployment rates across this country, specifically with regard to the loss of employer-based health insurance coverage.  An estimated one out of five adults North Carolinians no longer have health insurance coverage, which is a significant number especially as we see positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the state.

To read the full post and find information on available coverage options for those who have lost health insurance coverage, click here.

Leadership Development: For what? And for whom?

The research is clear: organizations that invest in leadership development perform better than those that do not. This point has become even clearer as we navigate today’s complexities such as the pandemic, racial tensions and political turmoil. These challenges sharply highlight leadership at the individual, organizational and societal level. As a recently published white paper by Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) confirms, leadership development goes beyond the individual and builds a culture of accountability and performance.

Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, founded upon the vision of Dr. Elizabeth Kanof and Dr. Michael Brennan and their keen awareness of the importance of developing leadership among physicians, offers programs that are open to all as well as customized programs, developed specifically for an organization. The open programs include Health Care Leadership and Management (HCLM), which provides a critical framework for clinicians based on economics, finance and leadership development; Leadership College with a focus leadership and advocacy; and Future Clinician Leaders College (FCLC), open to students from all paths of healthcare and from all academic institutions in the state.

Applications are still being accepted for the classes of 2021. Learn more about all that KIPL offers or, start your journey and apply now for Leadership College, HCLM and FCLC.

In the News

From legacy leaders to learning leaders and the importance of engaged leadership: Improving Health Care Leadership in the Covid-19 Era, NEJM catalyst, June 2020

Learning Opportunity

How will the pandemic affect healthcare? Read this article from Harvard Business Review (HBR) that explores three possible scenarios, from the dream to the catastrophic scenario with a middle alternative, and the impact thereof:

3 Scenarios for How the Pandemic Could Change U.S. Health Care (Blumenthal et al., July, 2020).

Looking for inspiration and learning? Check out HBR’s digital series “The Big Idea” to learn about key issues facing organizations and leaders today. To learn more about the articles, podcasts, and webinars discussing the topic as well as upcoming events, click here.

KIPL Power Hours: Have you joined a Power Hour yet? This is a forum where we gather guests from across the state and beyond to discuss different and current topics. The next Power Hour will be August 7, 2020. To learn more about this upcoming Power Hour on the topic of “LGBTQ+ Patients” and to register, click here.



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