NCMS Morning Rounds 1-12-22

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January 12, 2022

NC Medical Society Alliance Partners with NC Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

NC Medical Society Alliance (NCMSA) has partnered with NC Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NCAFCC) to facilitate the diagnosis and management of diabetes among the uninsured. NCMSA has donated $50,000 to NCAFCC to support point-of-care testing for diabetes. The diagnosis and management of diabetes begins with routine monitoring of blood glucose. For the uninsured, access to care is a challenge. Having the results of blood glucose levels available to the clinician quickly is a more efficient approach to developing a care plan for those who do not have access to routine health care. NCAFCC will distribute these funds to their most rural member clinics where the need is greatest.

To learn how you can help send email to

Learn more about NCAFCC here.

Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests

As part of its ongoing efforts across many channels to expand Americans’ access to free testing, the Biden-Harris Administration is requiring insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, so people with private health coverage can get them for free starting January 15th.  The new coverage requirement means that most consumers with private health coverage can go online or to a pharmacy or store, buy a test, and either get it paid for up front by their health plan, or get reimbursed for the cost by submitting a claim to their plan. This requirement incentivizes insurers to cover these costs up front and ensures individuals do not need an order from their health care professional to access these tests for free.

Read the full press release here.

Patient Resource: Pandemic-Related Rental and Utility Assistance

People who want to apply for pandemic-related rental and utility assistance through Wake County have until January 21st to apply. The $101 million program, called House Wake, has helped 3,900 households pay their rent and utility bills after seeing a drop in their income due to the pandemic, according to a news release.

To apply, individuals can visit or or email They can also call 919-899-9911 to request an application.

Applicants must have one or more members of their household experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, and their income must not exceed 80% of the area median income.

In the News

HHS issues warning for healthcare ransomware threats, Becker’s, 1-11-22

Learning Opportunity 

“Web-side” Manner: Strategies to make the virtual visit a success, Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (1:00 PM in EST)

This webinar will provide suggested strategies to improve patient connection and communication when delivering care remotely. Join this webinar to learn:

  • Pre-visit strategies to smoothly onboard patients to their first virtual visit;
  • Ways to conduct a virtual physical exam;
  • Best practices for patient communication over video.

Register here.


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