NCMS Morning Rounds 1-3-20

Happy first Friday of 2020! Here is your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

Jan. 3, 2020


What Does ‘Whole Person Care’ Look Like In Your Practice?

The Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation Center of Excellence for Integrated Care and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Nursing is asking primary care physicians, physician assistants and other providers for their input on what ‘whole person care looks like in practice and what more is needed to support clinicians in providing that care in North Carolina.’

You can provide your input through a short, 5-10 minute, survey. Your participation will help the Foundation gain a better understanding of how to implement integrated care described as what a ‘patient experiences as a result of a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population.’

Take the survey.

Your Comments Sought on Performance Measures

The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), which is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum to provide input to the US Department of Health and Human Services on performance measures used in federal health programs, has released its recommendations on measures currently under consideration. You can comment on these recommendations until Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at this website.

Review the recommendations and other work of the MAP.

NCMS Leadership Student Recognized

Jaimee Lee Watts, a doctoral nursing student at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a participant in the NCMS’ Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership 2020 Future Clinician Leaders College, was recognized as one of 13 ‘Students Who Rocked Public Health’ in 2019 by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Read more about the award.

The record number of nominees for the award were evaluated on timeliness and urgency of the public health issue they addressed, level of success achieved, overall impact of the project and level of inclusiveness and diversity.

Watts’ project involved collaboration with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to address issues involving the retention and recruitment of public health nurses in the state’s local health departments. She conducted a statewide survey of frontline nurses to collect data on job satisfaction and retention.

“Public health nurses are at the crux of improving the health and wellbeing of our state on multiple levels,” Watts was quoted in an article in the UNCG Now newsletter. “The clinical services they provide the individual, the programs and policies they develop that affect our communities, and the efforts they make to be informative and influential leaders involved in the nation’s conversation on social determinants of our health are just a few of the things public health nurses do every day. Our goal with this study is to improve and expand the public health nursing workforce in North Carolina, so they may continue to do this great and important work on our behalf.”

As part of the NCMS’ Future Clinician Leaders College, Watts is working with students from other medical professional programs to address major health policy issues in North Carolina. Learn more about this program of the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership.

Her leadership project will focus on the state’s increased rates of sexually transmitted diseases and identifying innovative methods for prevention and early detection and treatment in emergency departments, urgent cares, and community health clinics.

Congratulations, Jaimee!

In the News

What will 2020 Bring for Medicine and Science? We Asked 16 Leaders for Predictions, STAT, 12-30-19

Learning Opportunity

The 2020 Open Minds Integration Summit, which brings together health care experts and executives to learn strategies and gain tips and tools to build an integrated service delivery model that meets reimbursement criteria, will convene on Feb. 12-14 in Clearwater Beach, FL. Learn more and register.


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