NCMS Morning Rounds 1-7-22

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January 7, 2022

SCOTUS Review of Vaccine Mandate

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear a special case today, Friday, January 7, to consider whether the Biden administration can enforce vaccine and testing rules for large private employers (with 100 or more employees) and a vaccine mandate for most health care workers. The NCMS is watching this closely as the decision potentially has sweeping impacts on North Carolina physicians and PAs as well as the broader business community.

To learn more visit:

Supreme Court to Weigh Vaccine Requirements for the Workplace – WSJ 

Supreme Court Grants Rare Hearing on Vaccine Mandate Cases (natlawreview.com)

To listen to the hearing live visit:  Home – Supreme Court of the United States and click on the   button.

NCTracks: Updating North Carolina Medical Board Licenses

NCTracks receives North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) provider license information directly from NCMB once a month (by the 15th) for the previous month. When the monthly NCMB file is received, NCTracks automatically updates the expiration dates in the provider record. If you receive a letter that you need to update your NCMB license, make sure it is updated with NCMB and that NCTracks has the correct license number on file.

Occasionally, there is time gap between NCTracks receiving NCMB data with updated expiration dates and providers’ licenses expiring and an update being required to prevent suspension.

As of May 9, 2021, health care professionals have the ability to enter or correct the expiration date on file for their NCMB license if NCTracks has not yet received the NCMB data to update the license. Physicians and PAs are able to enter the expiration date themselves to prevent suspension or termination due to expired credentials. This information will still be validated with NCMB once the file is received, but will prevent suspension for expired credentials if the NCMB file is not received in the appropriate timeline for license expiration. Licensees are encouraged to ensure their record expiration date is updated to prevent suspension.

For more information, please see the “North Carolina Medical Board Licenses” section on page 15 of the user guide How to Add or Update Licensing and Accreditation on the Provider Profile in NCTracks located on the User Guides & Fact Sheets page under the Provider Record Maintenance section.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

When winter temperatures plummet and home heating systems run for hours, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases.

Every year, hundreds of people in the United States die from CO exposure and thousands visit hospital emergency rooms for treatment (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). CO is found in fumes produced by furnaces, kerosene heaters, vehicles “warmed up” in garages, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, portable generators, or by burning charcoal and wood.

Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning or death from CO exposure. However, unborn babies, children, the elderly, and individuals with existing upper respiratory conditions are at greater risk for illness or death.

Find helpful resources to share with your patients about how to protect themselves and their families from CO poisoning here.

In the News

CDC recommends teens 12 to 17 should receive a Covid-19 booster shot, STAT, 1-5-22

Learning Opportunity

Medicare Update and Education Webinar, Thursday, January 13, 2022; 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET.

Join for information about:

  • Medicare and the COVID-19 booster
  • Medicare updates
  • Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

Learn more and register here.

 

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