NCMS Morning Rounds, 1-15-19

It’s Tuesday and Time for Your NCMS Morning Rounds! 

Did You Know NCMS Convenes a Meeting for Specialty Society Lobbyists Every Monday?

During each legislative session, the NCMS invites specialty society lobbyists to lunch every Monday to coordinate lobbying efforts; discuss pending legislation and share insights gathered during their long hours at the legislative building. The tradition has been going on for years and continues this year when the ‘Lobbyist Lunch’ kicked off last Monday as the General Assembly was poised to convene. This week’s lunch brought about 20 lobbyists to the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine to discuss legislation likely to be introduced when the legislature is back in Raleigh on Jan. 30.

And…This Saturday the NCMS Will Host a Big Specialty Society Summit

The NCMS Board of Directors have called together the Presidents and CEOs of county and specialty medical societies this Saturday morning, Jan. 19, to discuss issues of importance to each group and to seek common ground in order to improve health and best serve the patients of North Carolina. About 70 people are expected to attend the Summit at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine in Raleigh. The leadership of each specialty or county society was asked to submit topics for discussion. Some of those submitted include: access to affordable health care, balanced billing, maintenance of certification, Medicaid transformation, prior authorization, mental and behavioral health integration, scope of practice and step therapy.Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds next week for a report on discussions at the Summit.

Research on Perinatal Substance Use Treatment To Be Published In the Journal of Addiction Medicine

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC researchers interviewed patients and providers about their experiences with comprehensive perinatal substance use treatment in western North Carolina. Qualitative analysis, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, revealed common themes in patients’ and providers’ experiences.Researchers found patients valued the supportive care they received in the program and felt it influenced how they were able to advocate for themselves outside of the program. Patients reported experiencing stigma and judgment regarding their substance use disorder in other settings. They also reported structural barriers that affected their ability to access treatment.Providers reported structural barriers that affected the level of care they were able to provide patients. Barriers included transportation, Medicaid coverage limitations and stigma.Findings are already being used to guide clinical practice changes and community outreach efforts in the region. You can read a Brief that summarizes the findings here.


In the News

CDC Offers Update on Flu Activity This Season, NEJM Journal Watch, 1-14-19

Learning Opportunity

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center is offering a course focused on pediatric disaster response and emergency preparedness in Greenville, Charlotte and Garner over the next three months. Children have unique needs and require special consideration. Learn more and register.


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