NCMS Morning Rounds 1-6-22

Happy Thursday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds

January 6, 2022

Would Your Patients Benefit from a Y Medical Membership?

If you are a Triangle-area physician, the YMCA of the Triangle in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs to support your patients through a YMCA Medical Membership program.  You can refer a patient through the NCMS Foundation’s Our Community Health Initiative (OCHI) software platform directly to the YMCA of the Triangle for any of the six program offerings; diabetes prevention, weight management, high blood pressure, falls prevention, support for cancer survivors, or childhood and family weight management.

Medical Memberships are a bundled service that provide care coordination, a YMCA membership and the evidence-based as prescribed due to your diagnosis.

Find out if a Medical Membership is right for your patients. Your patients can find out more about cost and program enrollment here.

For additional questions please contact Medical Membership at or at 919-582-9396

Provider Playbook Updates

The Provider Playbook is a collection of information and tools specifically designed to assist providers transitioning to NC Medicaid Managed Care.

The latest resource added under the Quick links heading is National Committee for Quality Assurance Kidney Health Toolkit.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has developed a Kidney Health Toolkit to help patients and provider care teams navigate Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) diagnosis monitoring and management, which is related to conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In Case You Missed It: KIPL Power Hour: Colorectal Cancer Screenings (10/22/2021)

In 2020, there was an estimated 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the US according to the American Cancer Society. Despite ample research that shows the impact of screening on the incidence of the diagnosis and improvement of survival, colorectal cancer is still the fourth leading cause of death in North Carolina. In addition, minorities and low-income patients have lower screening rates. View this Power Hour for an important conversation around this pressing topic with a group of experts and advocates including a former patient and stage 4 colon cancer survivor. Watch the presentation here.

In the News

Omicron surge may peak in January, models predict, Becker’s, 1-5-21

Learning Opportunity 

Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, March 28-April 5, 2022

The Duke-UNC Comprehensive TTS Program combines findings from the most current evidence-based research on pharmacotherapy, population-based issues, practical guidance on running a practice, and targeted skills in tobacco dependence counseling. Through a combination of interactive, virtual sessions and online self-paced training, Duke-UNC TTS offers leading-edge, evidence-based continuing education in a fun and engaging online experience.

Learn more and register here.


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