Morning Rounds for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 – Special Guest Editors: NCMS HSI Team

Welcome to Tuesday! Here’s your second guest-edited version of the NCMS Morning Rounds.

Members of our Health System Innovation (HSI) team are the featured editors of the day!

Sept. 10, 2019

NC Institute of Medicine Holds Successful Annual Meeting

By Melanie Phelps, JD

The NC Institute of Medicine Annual Meeting was held Thursday, September 5th at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh. The theme of the meeting was Transforming Medicaid in North Carolina.  NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH was a featured speaker, and she focused her remarks on Medicaid transformation and healthy opportunities. She reiterated her commitment to innovative, whole person-centered care and to a well-coordinated system of care that addresses both medical and non-medical drivers of health. Secretary Cohen also reviewed in detail the key areas of transformation.

The keynote address was given by Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH, Executive Director, Families USA, who provided a compelling and somber consumer perspective on health care in the United States and advocated for greater consumer input into decisions on health system transformation.

Representatives of the five prepaid health plans—including NCMS members Genie Komives, MD, CMO, WellCare, and William Lawrence, MD, CMO, Carolina Complete Health—shared their perspectives on quality, patient experience, population health and value-based care.  Other topics covered included Healthy Opportunities Pilots and NCCARE360 Resource Platform; Consumer Navigation of the Transition; Monitoring, Oversight and Evaluation; and Medicaid Transformation and Special Populations.

The final session was presented by John McCarthy, MPA, from Speire Healthcare Strategies, who provided a national perspective on Medicaid managed care.

NCMS LEAD Conference – ‘Personal Journeys in Health Care’ features several sessions regarding social determinants of health

By HSI Staff

The 2nd Annual LEAD Health Care Conference kicks off with two distinguished speakers who will focus on social determinants of health and how they impact North Carolina’s patients.

The opening session for LEAD on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10:00am is entitled “The Health of North Carolinians” and features Michael Dulin, MD, PhD, a nationally recognized leader in the field of health information technology and application of analytics and outcomes research to improve care delivery and advance population health. As Founder and Director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation, Dr. Dulin leads efforts to address the community health needs of the Charlotte region through a unique, synergistic partnership between the University of North Carolina Charlotte and the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Dr. Dulin will share his experience in studying health and present statewide data to assess the health status and of North Carolina.

The second session, “Addressing Food Insecurity in Clinical Care Settings,” features Deepak Palakshappa, MD, MSHP, who is an assistant professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. His community interest in food insecurity as a social determinant of health has led to measuring the effects of summer nutrition programs for pediatric patients and educating clinicians on integrating food insecurity screenings in primary care visits. His presentation will define food insecurity and the prevalence of food insecurity in the U.S. along with the growing interest and research in health systems and clinical care settings on the issue, and the overall effect of food insecurity on health.

You do not want to miss these discussions! Haven’t registered for the LEAD Conference yet? Register now! Early bird registration ends on September 15th—don’t miss your chance to sign up for LEAD at a reduced rate!


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