NCMS Morning Rounds 1-30-20

It’s Thursday and time for your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

Jan. 30, 2020

Spreading the Word about Diabetes Prevention

Jeffrey Viar, MD, made the case for diabetes prevention yesterday at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville. Dr. Viar is a physician champion, working with the NCMS and AMA to get the word out to his colleagues about the need to diagnose and treat pre-diabetes as a way to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and the health and cost implications that come with the disease.

The DiabetesFreeNC initiative brings together the NCMS, the AMA, North Carolina public health stakeholders, the YMCA and others to raise awareness both among health care professionals and the general public about the importance of prevention and to take action. The goal is to connect patients with pre-diabetes to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs (DPP), which help people make lasting lifestyle changes to improve their health. Physician champions like Dr. Viar are attending meetings across the state to encourage health care teams to take advantage of resources available to them to prevent diabetes. Learn more about the initiative.

The NCMS through Our Community Health Initiative (OCHI) offers a seamless way for you to refer your patients through your EHR to diabetes prevention programs at the YMCA. Learn more about OCHI and its role in helping you help your patients prevent diabetes.

This recent study through the Milbank Quarterly, a journal focused on population health and health policy, gives further endorsement to the diabetes prevention program’s lifestyle interventions. Read the article, titled: “Translating Knowledge into Action to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Medicare Expansion of the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Intervention.”

NCMS, Campbell University Primary Care Champion Fellowship Program Again Underway

The Primary Care Champions Fellowship program, under the direction of Victoria Kaprielian, MD, is a three-semester fellowship. For the first semester, The Successful Clinical Leader, Kristina Natt och Dag, MA, PhD, NCMS vice president for Leadership Development serves as a course director and faculty, along with Dr. Kaprielian. NCMS member, Scott Paviol, MD and NCMS staff Stephen Keene, JD, MBA, COO and General Counsel and Melanie Phelps, MA, JD , SVP for Health System Innovation and Deputy General Counsel again serve as faculty for the 2020 Campbell University Primary Care Champion Fellowship.

The program is designed to strengthen the primary care workforce through the development of strong individual leadership to effectively and sustainably lead team-based, integrated health care in rural areas. The program includes a focus on improving health through quality improvement, population health management, understanding and addressing social determinants of health, driving health policy as well as basic financial concepts as these relate to health care. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be confident, service-minded clinical leaders, equipped with skills to manage thriving practices, improve physical wellness and expand learning opportunities in rural areas.

The 2020 course began earlier this month, and the Primary Care Champion Fellows meet each Wednesday to discuss topics in each subject area taught by NCMS and Campbell faculty. The year-long course includes a project and participants need to prepare and present a poster by the end of the first semester.

Last year, one of the fellows, Allison Beam, PA-C, gained national recognition when she presented her project at the first annual Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Primary Care Training Enhancement, Training Primary Care Champions meeting in Maryland last August. The title of her project was “Creating a Teen Clinic to Increase Awareness and Utilization of Services for Adolescents in Rural North Carolina.” Beam was able to design a teen-friendly clinic to increase well child checks as well as address the need to increase awareness around contraception services and STD testing.

Beam works at the Harnett County Health Department, where the Teen Clinic is located, and has measured a 60 percent increase in patient volume compared to last year.

Learn more about the NCMS Foundation’s leadership development programs including customized programs like the Campbell University Primary Care Champions Fellowship.

County Medical Society To Discuss “The Faces of Poverty in NC”

Durham Orange County Medical Society will welcome Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina, to its Feb. 12 dinner meeting from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nichol, who also discussed his book at the NCMS’ first book club discussion at its annual LEAD Health Care Conference last October, will speak about his book, which introduces the people behind the sobering poverty statistics in the state. More than 1.5 million North Carolinians live in poverty and more than one in five are children.

The DOCMS offers attendees CME credit. Learn more and register for this engaging evening.

In the News

[Note: this opinion piece was written by NCMS Foundation Leadership College co-chair Lawrence Greenblatt, MD.]The ACA is Critical to Fighting Opioid Addiction, Raleigh News & Observer, 1-26-20

Other news: SCOTUS Allows ‘Public Charge’ Rule to Take Immediate Effect, The Advisory Board Forum, 1-29-20

Learning Opportunity

Ever consider running for public office? There is still time to register for the AMPAC Candidate Workshop to be held Feb 28 – March 1 in Washington, DC. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb 3.

The one-and-a-half-day workshop is designed to provide the skills and strategic approach you will need to make a run for public office. Some of the topics include: how and when to make the decision to run; the importance of a disciplined campaign plan and message; the secrets of effective fundraising; what kinds of media advertising are right for your campaign; how to handle the inevitable crises that emerge for every campaign; the role of your spouse and your family; and how to become a better public speaker. Learn more and register.


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