NCMS Morning Rounds 1-31-20

 Happy Friday! Enjoy your last

NCMS Morning Rounds for the week.

Jan. 31, 2020

Sec. Cohen at NCMS Specialty Summit

NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, was a featured speaker at the NCMS’ specialty and county medical society Summit held at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine last Saturday. Before taking questions from the summit participants, Sec. Cohen spoke about various initiatives NCDHHS is undertaking, and highlighted the just released HealthyNC2030 report from the NC Institute of Medicine. Read the report.

The NCMS is using the report as a guide as we mobilize our members and other stakeholder groups to improve health in the state. The aim is to move North Carolina into a top 10 health ranking nationally over the next decade.

Watch Sec. Cohen’s remarks on HealthyNC2030 at the NCMS Summit meeting.

Emerging Leaders in Public Health at NCMS

Lisa Shock, MHS, PA-C, DrPH, speaking to the emerging leaders in public health class yesterday at the NCMS.

The Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s (KIPL) customized program for the NC Public Health Association, called ‘Emerging Leaders in Public Health,’ convened at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine in Raleigh yesterday to continue their coursework.
Faculty for the program includes Lisa Shock, MHS, PA-C, DrPH and KIPL Executive Director Kristina Natt och Dag, PhD, MA. Yesterday’s session also included a presentation titled “Does the Market Work in Health,” by health economist Ari Mwachofi, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at ECU.

Learn more about all the leadership development opportunities offered by the Kanof Institute and the NCMS Foundation.

Corona Virus Update

The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee met on Thursday and declared the spread of the Corona virus an international health emergency. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak. Learn more about WHO’s efforts.

Earlier this week, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) put out a press release reassuring the public that they continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the virus. So far, there are no confirmed cases in North Carolina and the risk to the general public here is considered very low. You can get the latest on the state’s recommendations for health care professionals and patients at the Division of Public Health’s 2019-nCoV website.

“We continue to monitor the spread of this novel coronavirus very closely,” said State Health Director and DHHS Chief Medical Officer Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, MD. “While people should take this new virus seriously, at this time of year, respiratory illnesses in people in North Carolina are most likely due to infection with influenza or viruses that cause the common cold. People should take precautions to protect themselves and others from these infections, including washing your hands frequently, covering your cough, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and making sure you have gotten your annual flu shot.”

In the News

Urban or Rural, Black Lives in NC Are Being Cut Short Almost Before They Begin, Raleigh News & Observer, 1-29-20

Here’s What Could Save More Black Infants’ Lives. But NC Isn’t Doing It, Raleigh News & Observer, 1-29-20

Learning Opportunity

The Advisory Board Forum is offering a series of 45-minute long Web conference sessions covering the major factors in 2020 that they expect will “influence service line-specific market demand, financial prospects and provider goals.” The sessions will also offer the main strategic imperatives providers should implement in response. The first session on Feb. 6 will focus on orthopedic market trends. Other sessions will cover trends in women’s health and telemedicine among others. Learn more and register for these free Web conferences.


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