NCMS Morning Rounds 10-25-19

Your last NCMS Morning Rounds for the week.

Oct. 25, 2019

Appalachian Regional Leadership Scholars Graduate

Yesterday the inaugural class of the Advanced Leadership Development Program at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) officially graduated from the year-long program.

“It was an awesome day,” said NCMS Vice President for Leadership Development Kristina Natt och Dag, PhD. “All the groups presented their projects and I couldn’t have been more excited about the level of work, thought, collaboration and communication of this group!”

The Advanced Leadership Program, a customized course designed specifically for ARHS through the NCMS’ Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL), helped the participants develop and practice individual leadership skills to meet challenges and issues related to management and leadership in their health care system and the larger community.

“The ultimate goal is to give participants the tools they need to effectively apply what they learn in working with their staff and the whole health care team,” Natt och Dag said. “This is where positive organizational change begins – with the individual.”

If you or your practice is interested in exploring leadership development opportunities through KIPL, please visit the Kanof Institute’s website.

A Vaccination Challenge, HPV and Cervical Cancer

The N.C. Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control has launched a campaign around HPV vaccination.

The HPV vaccination can prevent 6 types of cancer and is recommended to be given to both boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 12 years old.

As part of the campaign, videos are available on how to talk to patients and their parents about the vaccine. Access these videos. The idea is to keep the talk simple about HPV and make sure your patients are protected from cancer.

You may also consider a vaccination challenge in your practice to make sure the HPV vaccine is provided at all age-appropriate patient encounters.

Speaking of Vaccination – Get the ‘Flu Vaccine By Halloween’

This old saying may come in handy as you encourage your patients to get their influenza vaccine soon.

Yesterday the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Division of Public Health announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season, which occurred the first week of October and involved an adult in the central part of the state.

“We are very saddened by this death and send condolences to the loved ones of this person,” said State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, M.D., MPH. “Flu is a serious illness and in some cases can lead to complications and even result in death, which is why we strongly encourage people to get vaccinated every year.”

During the 2018-19 flu season, 208 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina, down from 391 deaths during the 2017-18 flu season. Of those 208 deaths, 133 were people age 65 and older and five were under the age of 18.

The CDC recommends vaccination against the flu for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine. Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection with the flu. Vaccination can also make illness milder for those who do get the flu, making it especially important for those at higher risk of more serious outcomes, such as people over 65 years old, children younger than 5, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

In the News

Why North Carolina Might Be the Most Innovative Health Care State in America, Politico, 10-24-19

Learning Opportunity

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted six CME modules on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), including an overview of both the Quality Payment Program for 2019 and an overview of participating in the MIPS for 2019 among others. Visit the MLN Web-Based Training webpage to learn more. You can access the modules by logging into your Medicare Learning Network (MLN) account or creating one here.


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