NCMS Morning Rounds 10-24-19

Happy Thursday! Here is your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

Oct. 24, 2019

NCMB Seeks Your Input on Revised Draft Position Statements

The NC Medical Board has two revised draft position statements that are open for your input before the Board makes its final decisions.
Provide your feedback by this Friday, Oct. 25 on the revised draft position statement on practice drift (e.g. practicing in an area outside of one’s formal postgraduate training). Learn more and comment here.

The other revised draft position statement concerns child maltreatment and has been updated to state that licensees who report suspected child maltreatment in good faith are granted criminal and civil immunity by state law. Feedback will be accepted through the end of business on Friday, Nov. 1. Learn more and comment here.

Great Initial Response to NCMS Online Invoicing

Last week the NCMS initiated a new process by sending dues invoices to our members via email. We’ve been thrilled with the great response. Many members renewed by paying their 2020 NCMS dues online in just the first week. This not only is convenient for you, but saves dues dollars by eliminating postage and staff time to manually input data.

If you haven’t already, be sure to open your NCMS email invoice and check ‘NCMS dues renewal’ off your to-do list to ensure no lag in your membership benefits.

If you don’t see the NCMS invoice in your email box, be sure to check your spam folder. If you still don’t see an invoice from us, it’s likely you are part of our group billing process and your practice administrator will receive a dues invoice for all physicians and physician assistants in your practice.

If you have any questions about this new process, please contact Richard Simpson at or call 919-833-3836 and ask for the membership department.

Today, World Polio Day, Brings Some Good Immunization News

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that of the three types of poliovirus species, type 2 and now type 3 have been eradicated, leaving only type 1 left to fight.

The news is especially welcome because the quest to eradicate all polio, which has formally been in the works since 1988, is 20 years past its original target date. Having news to celebrate will “show the world that we are making progress, even though it is a challenging situation and we have huge hurdles,” Michel Zaffran, director of polio eradication for WHO, one of several partners in the polio eradication campaign.

Read this article in STAT to learn more.

In the News

Opinion: To Treat Chronic Ailments, Fix Diet First, The New York Times, 10-22-19 (registration required)

Learning Opportunity

A program exploring the challenges and solutions when working with people who have co-existing conditions affecting their level of functioning, ‘Co-Occurring Disorders: The Chicken or the Egg,’ will be offered Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Greensboro. Learn more and register.


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