NCMS Morning Rounds 1-14-22

Happy Friday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds

January 14, 2022

On Monday, January 17, the NCMS will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Your NCMS Morning Rounds will resume on Tuesday, January 18.

Have a meaningful day.







“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Message from our EVP/CEO

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our EVP/CEO Chip Baggett shared this message on the NCMS’s commitment to health equity and our dedication to improving health outcomes for ALL North Carolinians through our many Healthy NC initiatives.

Non-Medical Factors Can Affect Patient Health

Help advance health equity for all Americans. Use Z codes (PDF) to identify poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and other social determinants. 37.2 million Americans living in poverty have an increased risk of chronic conditions, lower life expectancy, and barriers to quality health care; and racial and ethnic minorities have poverty rates more than twice that of white Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected these populations and low-income families.

During National Poverty in America Awareness Month, learn more about health disparities:

“The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

COVID-19: Pfizer Booster Doses for Ages 12+ & Immunocompromised Ages 5–11

On January 3, the FDA amended the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (PDF) to authorize the use of a single booster dose for:

  • All patients 12 years and older
  • Immunocompromised patients 5–11 years old

Get the most current list of billing codes, payment allowances, and effective dates.

More Information:

In the News

Walensky says CDC mask recommendation will not change, The Hill, 1-12-22

Learning Opportunity 

2022 NC Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) Annual Winter CME Conference, Saturday, February 19, 2022-8:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST

The conference topics include Medication Update related to Treatment of Obesity; Common Emergencies in Primary Care; Update on Screening of Cancer; Treatment of Long COVID Symptoms; Autoimmune Diseases; and an OMT session. The conference will offer 7 AOA Category 1-A CME credits.

View the registration rates on the 2022 Winter Conference Registration form. Pay by January 31st to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Rates. All on-line conference registration will be processed through Campbell University using this payment link.

At this time, the event is scheduled to be held as a live event at CUSOM; however, the Conference Planning Committee will monitor the COVID situation carefully in the coming weeks to determine if there is a need to switch to a virtual event.


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