NCMS Morning Rounds 10-12-21

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October 12, 2021

NCMS Voting Underway — Have You Cast Your Vote?

Voting for your NCMS’ leadership began Friday, Oct. 1. You should have received your secure ballot via email, which makes it easy to cast your vote. For those without email access, we will mail a paper ballot. If you have any questions about the election process, please contact Evan Simmons at

Voting will close THIS Friday, Oct. 15 and those elected will be announced the following day, Oct. 16, at the NCMS Annual Business Meeting at our LEAD Health Care Conference. Learn more about the conference and register here.

To review, the NCMS’ Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (members listed below) put forth the following slate of candidates: 

NCMS Board of Directors
•    President-Elect: Arthur Apolinario, MD
•    Region 1 Representative: Claude Jarrett, MD
•    Region 2 Representative: Fatima Syed, MD
•    At-Large: Jugta Kahai, MD
•    At-Large: Carl Westcott, MD 

NC American Medical Association Delegation
•    Delegate: Mary Ann Contogiannis, MD
•    Delegate: John Fagg, MD
•    Alternate Delegate: Tim Reeder, MD 

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee
•    Region 1: Latonya Beatty, MD
•    Region 1: Joe Navejar, DO
•    Region 2: Ronnie Laney, MD
•    Region 2: Andrew Phillips, MD
•    Region 3: Labron Chambers, MD
•    Region 3: Peter Fenn, PA-C
•    Region 3: Jim Hill, PA-C
•    Region 4: Frank Melvin, MD
•    Region 4: MaryShell Zaffino, MD 

Members of the current NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee:

Chair                                  Palmer Edwards, MD
President-Elect                Michael Utecht, MD
Ex-Officio                         Philip Brown, Jr., MD
Board Representative    Eileen Raynor, MD
Board Representative    Ed Whitesides, MD
Region 1                            Chris Grubb, MD
Region 1                            Jugta Kahai, MD
Region 1                            Edward Ricciardelli, MD
Region 2                            Justin Hurie, MD
Region 2                            Ronnie Laney, MD
Region 2                            Vipul Shah, MD
Region 3                            Docia E. Hickey, MD
Region 3                            Jim Hill, PA
Region 3                            Janice Huff, MD
Region 4                            Gregory F. F. Evans, MD
Region 4                            Frank Melvin, MD
Region 4                            Scott Paviol, MD

Bring a Colleague, Receive a Gift Card!

Join your colleagues for our NCMS/NCMS Foundation Virtual Open House during the LEAD Health Care Conference on Friday, Oct. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m.  Take this chance to interact and learn more about the many exciting initiatives underway at the NCMS. Our leadership will be on hand to answer your questions and prompt dialogue about your current concerns and the value of NCMS membership.

Please spread the word to colleagues who are not currently involved with the NCMS and as a small ‘thank you’ for bringing a non-member physician or PA to the event, you’ll both receive a Starbucks gift card.

Register TODAY for LEAD and our Virtual Open House.

NCDHHS Awarded $9M from CDC to Support Statewide Community Health Worker Infrastructure

North Carolina’s Community Health Worker Initiative will expand as part of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) initiative. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a total of $9 million with $3 million per year distributed over the next three years.

A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community or who has a close understanding of the community. This trusting relationship enables CHWs to serve as a link between health, social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

Read full press release here.

In the News

No Rush On Boosters For People Who’ve Had Breakthrough COVID-19, Experts Say, Becker’s, 10-11-21

Learning Opportunity 

Virtual Statewide Primary Care Quality Forum TODAY, Tuesday, Oct. 12 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Benefits and North Carolina AHEC, in conjunction with the five prepaid health plans, will host a Virtual Statewide Primary Care Quality Forum to help providers, practice managers and quality managers succeed with NC Medicaid Managed Care quality initiatives. Join us for this informative session which will cover:

  • Legislative/DHHS Updates
  • DHHS Quality Strategy
  • Performance Improvement Initiatives
  • Childhood Immunizations
  • Diabetes Control
  • Timeliness of Prenatal/Postpartum Care
  • Advanced Medical Home Measures
  • Data and resources

Register here.


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