NCMS Morning Rounds 1-28-19

Another week begins; thus your NCMS Morning Rounds.

NCMS Working with AMA and Manatt To Reverse Opioid Epidemic

NCMS leadership met this week with partners from the American Medical Association (AMA) and Manatt, a health care consulting firm, to further analyze what can be done to address North Carolina’s opioid abuse epidemic. This initiative is in addition to the NCMS Foundation’s innovative Project OBOT, a program launched last year to increase patient access to and success with Medication Assisted Treatment.

We are working to finalize a report and recommendations similar to initiatives the AMA and Manatt have helped launch in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Stay tuned to your NCMS Morning Rounds for updates on this and other examples of our commitment to address the opioid abuse epidemic in North Carolina.

NC Medicaid Clarifies Billing for LARCs

The NC Division of Health Benefits last week published a Special Medicaid Bulletin, ‘Clarification on Billing for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs).’  For details, please refer to the 2019 Medicaid Bulletin web page.

Watch in this NCMS Member Spotlight video as NCMS Foundation Board Trustee and Leadership College alumna Connette McMahon, MD, describes her Leadership College project on the effectiveness of LARCs among her teen patients.

Top Legislative Issues for Medical Societies Nationwide

new state legislative survey by the AMA identified the top issues medical societies will face in 2019.

Included in the list are: scope of practice, prior authorization, out-of-network billing and efforts to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.

The survey, which represented the input of 75 national, state and specialty organizations, helps the AMA identify the top issues facing organized medicine and helps ensure the AMA focuses its resources on coordinating its advocacy efforts with its state and specialty partners. Contact the AMA Advocacy Resource Center with any questions.

In the News

40 Novant Physicians to Join Tennessee Medical Group, Becker’s Hospital Review, 1-25-19

The NCMS issued the following statement in response to this news:

“Physicians, like anyone, have individual preferences for the practice model that best suits them. While the trend recently has been toward health system employment, we don’t have reliable data to say the pendulum is swinging back in any significant way toward independent practice. North Carolina Medical Society members represent a diversity of practice types. Our mission is to support whatever arrangement allows each individual to use their knowledge and expertise to improve the health of their patients.”    

-Robert W. Seligson, NCMS Executive Vice President and CEO


Learning Opportunities

The NCMS Foundation and the NC Medical Group Management Association’s February Lunch & Learn Webinar will focus on ‘Risk Adjustment Documentation and Coding’ and feature Barbara Lennon, MD, Director of HCC Education at CHESS Enablement Solutions. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Learn more and register.


Many of the NCMS managed specialty societies are meeting in February:

  • The NC Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons gather Feb. 2 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro for their CodeQuest seminar;
  • The NC Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery’s winter meeting also will be held at the Grandover Resort the following weekend, Feb. 9;
  • The NC Neurological Society Annual Meeting will be at the Grandover Resor on Feb. 15-17; and
  • The NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Session will take place Feb. 22-23 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.


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