NCMS Morning Rounds 1-27-20

Lots of important NCMS news in today’s

NCMS Morning Rounds.

Jan. 27, 2020

NCMS Board Adopts Guiding Principles

Your NCMS Board of Directors unanimously adopted a set of guiding principles to inform the policies and work of the Society going forward. The principles arise directly from the NCMS’ longstanding mission to ‘provide leadership in medicine by uniting, serving and representing physicians and their health care teams to enhance the health of North Carolinians.’

The following principles, with health and well-being for all as the core, will guide NCMS policy development, priority setting, programs and advocacy efforts.

  • HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR ALL—Enhance health and well-being for everyone in North Carolina as the threshold determination for all NCMS policy considerations.
    COMMUNITY HEALTH—Integrate health and health care through the development of community partnerships with public health, community-based organizations, social services and other sectors.
    ACCESS—Improve access to care and social supports for all populations.
    HEALTH EQUITY—Identify and eliminate disparities to achieve equity and improve health outcomes across all populations.
    WHOLE PERSON CARE—Support the systematic coordination of physiological, mental, oral, environmental, and social drivers of health.
    INNOVATION—Embrace creative and solution-oriented strategies and resources that lead to health improvement and well-being.
    PERSON-CENTERED CARE—Encourage person-centered care models to better enable care-goal alignment.
    COLLABORATION—Promote inter-professional education & collaboration, team-based care, and seamless communication across all sectors of health and community.
    THE TRIPLE AIM—Support alternative care delivery and payment models that simultaneously pursue improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
    LEADERSHIP—Achieve improved care team satisfaction and well-being through the development of strong leadership skills, engagement, infrastructure, interdisciplinary teams and other supports.

At its regular meeting on Saturday, the Board also officially formed a search committee to oversee the process of finding a new NCMS Executive Vice President/CEO. Current EVP/CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA recently announced that he will be phasing out in that role in the coming months.

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Specialty, County Societies Share Perspectives at Summit

On Saturday morning, before the Board of Directors convened for their regular meeting, they hosted a Specialty and County Medical Society Summit. The crowd of more than 70 people represented 28 North Carolina specialty and county medical societies. Leaders from the various groups shared their organizations’ priorities for the year, innovative initiatives and programs underway and were able to engage on issues of importance with NCMS Board members and staff as well as with NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, who spoke briefly on Medicaid transformation and other areas of focus for her department in the coming year before taking questions from Summit participants.

NCMS staff gave brief overviews of work underway in advocacy, health system innovation, our role in Medicaid transformation in partnership with Carolina Complete Health, our leadership development initiatives and our disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

A wide variety of issues were addressed in the summit meeting, including surprise billing, health equity, maternal and infant health and better integration of physical and behavioral health among others.

NCMS President-elect Philip Brown, MD, announced the NCMS’ launch this year of our focused and intentional collaboration with many of the groups in the room and other partners to use the NC Institute of Medicine’s HealthyNC2030 report as a roadmap to improve health in the state over the next decade.

Dr. Brown told the crowd that this is “an awesome opportunity in North Carolina to combine forces to move our state’s health to a top 10 national ranking.”
He challenged those present to align with this collaborative effort, to think differently about how to execute the details in the plan and to keep their “eyes on the prize of a top 10 national health ranking by 2030. Everybody benefits from that.”

The work on bringing together the many key stakeholders across various sectors in this initiative has already begun. Last week, NCMS staff met with Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, director, and Rebecca Whitaker, PhD, MSPH, managing associate of Duke University’s Margolis Center for Health Policy to discuss partnering in this effort.

The official rollout of the HealthyNC2030 initiative with actionable details will be at the NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 15-16 in Raleigh. Be sure to mark your calendar for this important event, and watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for more about this project in the coming weeks.

State Flu Update

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) last week reported six more flu-related deaths in the state, bringing the total to 41 for the season. There were 755 positive flu cases reported through Jan. 18, bringing the total for the flu season, which began Sept. 29, to 3,954. Review the state’s latest flu data.

As is the case nationally, this flu season is tracking more cases than the 2018-2019 season, but not as many as at this point in the 2017-2018 season. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) FluView weekly update reports that flu activity is high nationwide. Review the CDC’s report.

While the optimal time to get a flu shot is by the end of October, the CDC advises that it is not too late to get the shot. Here is the CDC’s guidance for health professionals.

In the News

Diagnosed with Dementia, She Documented Her Wishes. They Said No, Kaiser Health News, 1-21-20

Learning Opportunity

The UNC School of Medicine, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Center for Health Equity Research are hosting the Inaugural Paul A. Godley Health Equity Symposium on March 5 to bring together faculty, staff, students, and the community to highlight and encourage health equity research, promote collaboration and networking, and encourage strategic planning and partnerships at the UNC School of Medicine. Abstract proposals focused on research on the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment outcomes or elimination of health disparities through community-based research are due Jan. 31. Learn more.


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