NCMS Morning Rounds 1-13-22

Happy Thursday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds

January 13, 2022


The 2022 NC Dermatology Association Annual Meeting Has Gone VIRTUAL — Join Us January 22-23, 2022!

Due to health concerns regarding COVID-19, the NC Dermatology Association Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person event originally scheduled to be held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. Instead, this meeting and its important content will be shared live on a virtual platform. For any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Megan Eberle.

If you have already registered for this event and made reservations at the Grandover Resort, please personally call the resort at (336) 294-1800 to cancel your room hold in order to avoid any unwanted charges. All previous event registrations will carry over to the virtual format unless you specify otherwise; please contact the NCDA or use your event confirmation number that you should have received in your confirmation email to make changes to your event participation.

Registration is still open for this virtual event! Click here to register online or download the registration brochure here.

Message from NCDHHS: Isolation & Quarantine Guidance

The CDC updated its guidance for isolation and quarantine. People with COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 full days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. People exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. However, people who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are vaccinated — including a booster for adults — against COVID-19. Because North Carolina remains in the CDC’s red zone with high community transmission, all North Carolinians should wear a mask.

As with all COVID-19 vaccines, doses are free for everyone, even if they don’t have health insurance and regardless of their immigration status.

To find a COVID-19 booster, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 888-675-4567. Not all vaccines may be available at every vaccine location.

Please share this important information and update with your community. NCDHHS has new information and resources available to help:

Download and share the updated booster graphic here.

National Academy of Medicine (NAM): New Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being

At this crucial turning point for health care in the U.S., the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has launched a Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being: a collection designed to highlight tools that are ready to be deployed and strategies to address systems issues related to health care worker burnout. It is evident that COVID-19 has further strained the health care workforce and health care system like never before. If you are a health care worker or leader taking on the challenge of providing much-needed support to caregivers, the compendium has well-being resources to help you along your journey.

Resources are organized into six essential elements:

  1. Advancing organizational commitment;
  2. Strengthening leadership behaviors;
  3. Conducting workplace assessments;
  4. Examining policies and practices;
  5. Enhancing workplace efficiency;
  6. Cultivating a culture of connection and support.

You can directly access the area you are most interested in or view the complete curated list with brief resource summaries.

NAM believes that through continued, collective actions over the coming months, we can reimagine a system that enhances our ability to care for our caregivers as they do for us every day. Thank you for your commitment to systematically take action to improve health care workers’ well-being and patient care:

The compendium is a product of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.

In the News

Medicare plans to restrict access to controversial, pricey Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm to patients, STAT, 1-11-22

Learning Opportunity

Implementing the No Surprises Act Webinar – Thursday, January 20, Noon CT

Join the American Medical Association for a webinar on “Implementing the No Surprises Act.” The No Surprises Act, which aims to protect patients from the financial impact of surprise medical billing, became law on January 1. Learn what physicians need to do immediately to comply with the new law. Our experts will also address enforcement challenges and the interaction between state and federal surprise billing requirements.

Moderator: Bobby Mukkamala, MD, chair, AMA Board of Trustees

Featured speakers: Joel S. Ario, managing director, Manatt Health, Michael S. Kolber, partner, Manatt Health

Register here.

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