NCMS Morning Rounds 10-13-21

Happy Wednesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

October 13, 2021

TODAY’S the last day to Register for the NCMS LEAD Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to earn up to 17 hours of AMA PRA Category 1TM credits by attending sessions such as:

  • The “Covid-19: Where are we now?” panel, with Richard A. Bunio, MD; Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD; Lawrence Greenblatt, MD; Charul Haugan, MD; Arin Piramzadian, DO; and Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP
  • The Equity in Medicine Symposium, which features Laura Okolie, PA-C speaking on “Tackling Health Disparities and Health Inequities”; Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP, with her talk: “A Glimpse into Redesigning a Primary Care Practice for Health Equity”; and Samuel T. Bauer, MD, FACOG, speaking on “Digital Strategies to Improving Access and Advancing Equitable Maternal Health Care”
  • And so much more!

MORE about the LEAD Conference:

Take advantage of the opportunity to connect, learn and engage virtually with your medical society and your colleagues at the LEAD Conference! Learn more about what’s in store by viewing the Agenda online or downloading the meeting schedule (PDF).


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of the Southern Regional AHEC and the NCMS. The Southern Regional AHEC is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Statement
The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Credit 
Other health professionals will receive Southern Regional AHEC CEU and/or contact hours and a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. License requirements are subject to change. Southern Regional AHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing board with specific questions. Southern Regional AHEC will provide 1.7 Continuing Education Units (17 contact hours) to participants upon completion of this activity.

Disclosure Statement
The Southern Regional AHEC adheres to ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. Planners, faculty, and others in control of content and their relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies will be made known prior to the activity. All financial relationships will be mitigated. Speakers are also expected to openly disclose a discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.

Message from the NC Sentinel Network

Help us respond to your health workforce needs!

We are part of a new group, the NC Center for Health Workforce, that is working with NC AHEC, the Sheps Center and other stakeholders to take action to address North Carolina’s health workforce needs. An initial step in this process is to gather your concerns about recruitment, retention and skill needs of your workforce.  We’ll use this information to work with policymakers and educators to develop responses and solutions.

Click here to provide the information we can use to help!

About the Sentinel Network: 

The Sentinel Network is a tool to understand health employers’ real-time workforce needs – such as challenges related to recruitment, retention, and needed skills – and make that information available to educators and policymakers so they can take action right away. We plan to gather this information twice a year so it will be timely and actionable. For more information on how this information has been presented in other states, go to:

Your participation is important, and your feedback is confidential.

The information you provide to the Sentinel Network will be kept confidential. Your organization’s data will be reported in aggregate form with data from similar organizations. Care will be taken to ensure that no individual organization’s responses can be identified in reports.

Help us address your – and the North Carolina healthcare industry’s – health workforce needs. Please participate today! 


The Sentinel Network is an initiative conducted collaboratively by North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) and the University of North Carolina’s Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy within the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Funding to initiate the North Carolina Sentinel Network came from NC AHEC.

HHS Launches Spanish Language App to Help Latinos Navigate Health Care Questions

On October 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a Spanish version of its QuestionBuilder app, which can help Latino patients prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments. The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) built QuestionBuilder en Español, which is being released during Hispanic Heritage Month and Health Literacy Month, to improve health care access and equity for Latinos. Latinos have among the highest uninsured rate of any racial or ethnic group within the United States.

This new tool helps patients develop questions for their doctor’s appointments and provides the latest information on COVID-19. Learn more here.

In the News

Advice Shifting On Aspirin Use For Preventing Heart Attacks, AP News, 10-12-21

Learning Opportunity 

Healthy Opportunity Pilots: Impacts to Advanced Medical Homes/Integrated Care for Kids Thursday, Oct. 14 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This webinar will focus on Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) & Healthy Opportunities (HO) Pilots. This webinar series is designed to support providers, practice managers, quality improvement professionals, care managers, and clinically integrated networks (CINs).

Register here.


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