NCMS Morning Rounds 1-6-20

Welcome to the first ‘real’ week of 2020!

And your NCMS Morning Rounds.

Jan. 6, 2020

Half of NC Counties Now Have Access to NCCARE360

NCCARE360, the statewide coordinated care network connecting individuals with local services and resources, has now officially launched in 50 of the state’s 100 counties. The initiative is on target to reach full statewide implementation by the end of 2020.

The network provides a coordinated, community-oriented, person-centered approach to delivering care, and seamlessly connects North Carolinians to behavioral health, clinical and social service partners who are dedicated to working together to improve health and well-being. This collaborative solution is aimed at reducing the fragmentation between health care and service delivery systems.

NCCARE360 includes a call center with dedicated navigators powered by NC 2-1-1, and a shared technology platform powered by Unite Us, that enables providers to send and receive secure electronic referrals, communicate in real-time, securely share client information, and collect data on factors impacting outcomes and costs.

Learn more about NCCARE360 and whether it currently serves your county.

Share Your Insights on Opioid Prescribing Limits

The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center Study Team, in collaboration with Drs. Tim Carey and Paul Chelminski at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, invite you to participate in a research study about the implementation of opioid prescribing limits contained in the North Carolina Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act passed in 2017 (IRB#18-2437). This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a physician tasked with the challenges of implementing various guidelines, the researchers would like to get your perspective about the STOP Act and learn how physicians in North Carolina have implemented the prescribing limits outlined in the act.

They would like to learn:
• How prescribing limits have impacted physicians across the State,
• How you have implemented these limits in your organization, and
• How to improve opioid prescribing policies for patients and providers.

If you decide to participate, a member of the research team will interview you about:
• Your views on opioid usage in North Carolina,
• Your organization’s communications about and implementation of prescribing limits, and
• Your views regarding the purpose of prescribing limits.

Interviews will be no more than one hour (by phone) and your responses will be kept strictly confidential. There will be no identifiers linking you or your institution to any of your responses. The researchers intend to interview physicians across the State. As a thank you for your time, you will receive a $50 gift card.

Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time should you decide not to participate. If you’d like to participate or have any questions about the study, please contact Natalie Blackburn at or by phone at (919) 843-0155.

A Few Days into the New Year – Check Your Purpose

Hope your New Year’s resolutions are going well. Here is a resource to help you reflect more deeply on what is driving you. The ‘Purpose Checkup’ is great tool to help you assess whether you’re living with purpose. Experts say that finding purpose and meaning in life is an antidote to burnout and a key to personal well-being.

With this tool, in only a few minutes, you can more clearly understand whether you’re living a life fueled by purpose, or recognize that it may be time for a purpose tune-up. Either way, you’ll have a better grasp of what gets you up every morning ready to embrace life, or the first step toward finding that passionate purpose.

For more on physician well-being and practical tips on creating a healthy practice or workplace, be sure to check out the latest issue of the NCMS Bulletin magazine. This winter issue is focused on physician wellness.

In the News

States Ranked by Shortage of Mental Health Professionals, Becker’s Hospital Review, 11-25-19

Learning Opportunity

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will hold its 2020 Conference Sept. 23-25 in Indianapolis, IN. This conference focuses on physician assessment, learning, improvement and professionalism. Organizers are soliciting ideas for sessions involving innovations that can advance board certification for physicians and the patients they serve. Submit an idea for a session and learn more about the conference.


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