NCMS Morning Rounds 1-22-20

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NCMS Morning Rounds.

Jan. 22, 2020


NCMS 2020 Leadership College Scholars Convene

The 2020 class of NCMS Foundation Leadership College scholars came together last weekend at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine to continue their year of learning and leadership development.

The two-day agenda included a presentation by NC Medical Board President Brian Murphy, MD, MBA, titled “Meet the Medical Board.” A panel of experts, moderated by Leadership College co-chair Gerri Mattson, MD, MSPH, FAAP, addressed the role of social determinants in the clinical setting. The panel included Madlyn C. Morreale, JD, MPH, of Legal Aid of NC; Peter Morris, MD, MSPH, MDiv, Executive Director, Urban Ministries; Chris Scarboro, Senior Program Manager for NCCARE360; Tasha Sullivan, Senior Director of Domestic & Sexual Violence Services at Interact; Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for the NC Department of Health and Human Services and Weyling White, MBA, CAPPM, Practice Administrator at Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center.

NCMS staff also provided an overview of the health care landscape as well as the NCMS’ role and perspective on legislative, regulatory and private sector advocacy efforts.

Learn more about the Leadership College program as well as other courses offered through the NCMS’ Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership.

Physicians of Eastern NC Come Together

In what NCMS Foundation President Katie Lowry, MD, MPH, termed an ‘historic event,’ more than 50 physicians from competing health systems in eastern North Carolina gathered last Friday at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke to hear from prominent area health care leaders and socialize.

Braving the cold, the physicians enjoyed refreshments and heard from NCMS member and UNC-Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings, MD, FACC, FACS. Other NCMS members were featured including James ‘Jim’ Jones, MD, founder of the Brody School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Program and former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians; and past NCMS Board member Michelle Jones, MD, a family physician with Wilmington Health and delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Lowry, a pediatrician with Robeson Pediatrics, helped organize the event along with Scotland Health, Southeastern Health and UNCP.

She was thrilled with the fact that physicians from a variety of specialties and competing health systems were able to connect.

“May this be the start of something BIG,” she posted on Facebook after the event.

Help For Your Low Income Patients in This Cold Weather

Here is a resource that may be of help to those patients who may be having trouble paying their heating bills. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps eligible households pay their heating bills by issuing a one-time payment to the household’s heating vendor.

Households including a person age 60 or older, or an individual receiving disability benefits and services from the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, are currently eligible to apply. All other households can apply beginning January 2, 2020.

LIEAP funds are available until March 31, 2020, or until funds are exhausted. Interested households should contact their county Department of Social Services (DSS) to apply.

Learn more about LIEAP and eligibility criteria for heating assistance.

In the News

Doctors Average 16 Minutes on Computer for Every Patient, Reuters, 1-13-20

Learning Opportunity

The NC Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) will hold its Winter Conference on Feb. 29 to March 3 in Raleigh. The agenda is focused on a review of core medical knowledge for PAs and NPs. The sessions provide a comprehensive review of all organ systems making it appropriate for any provider looking to brush up on the basics. Learn more and register.



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