NCMS Morning Rounds 1-8-19

Congratulations to Our New NCMS Foundation Trustees

Three new NCMS Foundation Trustees will receive training this week in anticipation of their service on the Foundation’s Board. NCMS Immediate Past President John L. Reynolds, MD, will begin a regular three-year tenure on the board; NCMS President-elect Palmer Edwards, MD, DFAPA will take the seat reserved for that position and Blaine Hall, PA-C, will begin his term.

NCMS Foundation initiatives focus on ensuring access to health care; cultivating physician and PA leaders and addressing the opioid abuse epidemic. Learn more about all the Foundation does to improve health in North Carolina.

Please consider making a charitable contribution to support the Foundation today. Donate here.

Congratulations to our new trustees!

Blaine Hall, PA-C

Dr. Reynolds

Dr. Edwards







NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund Still Accepting Applications

For those practices devastated by Hurricane Florence, the NCMS Foundation continues to accept applications for funds to help in your recovery. The first round of awards will likely be made in the next six weeks, although the application period is ongoing. More information about the fund, funding guidelines and application form are available here.

AMA President Calls for Easier Access to MAT

Barbara L. McAneny, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), yesterday called on state medical societies and physicians throughout the country to push payers to eliminate prior authorization for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).

“When it comes to treating patients with OUD, we know what works. MAT for opioid-use disorder saves lives. MAT helps people maintain recovery, saves money, reduces crime, and helps people regain their health and their lives,” Dr. McAneny writes. “Payers across the nation commonly impose prior-authorization requirements that patients and physicians must meet before medications are available for treatment. When patients seek help, it is unconscionable to make them wait days or weeks for the right treatment.”

Read Dr. McAneny’s letter with links to model legislation.

The NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT is an innovative and coordinated approach to supporting patients on MAT. Read more about the unique Project OBOT initiative.

In the News

This PBS NewsHour segment is a heart-rending example of the role social determinants can play in people’s health, and features a creative program in Greensboro, NC.

Why Managing Chronic Health Conditions Begins At Home, PBS NewsHour, 12-7-18

Learning Opportunity

Registration is open for The Governor’s Institute’s 10th Annual Spring Conference: Addiction Medicine 2019 to be held in Asheville on March 21-23. Learn more and register.


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