NCMS Morning Rounds 10-3-19

Welcome to Thursday’s NCMS Morning Rounds!

Oct. 3, 2019

LEAD Conference Starts Today!

Today is the opening day of our NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference. We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to Raleigh for two days of professional Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery. None of this would have been possible without the Conference Planning Committee, so a big thank you to this group of your colleagues.

NCMS President-Elect Palmer Edwards, MD chaired the Committee, and when he polled Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) alumni for those interested in helping to plan this year’s LEAD Conference, they answered the call! More than 50 KIPL alumni volunteered to participate! While the NCMS collected feedback from the entire group about the conference, the first 20 respondents participated in planning calls to produce the top-notch content to be presented tomorrow and Friday at the LEAD Conference.

Thank you to the following members for participating on the 2019 LEAD Conference Planning Committee:

Palmer Edwards, MD – Chair
Pedja Gligorovic, MD
Tracy Bell, PA-C
Byron Hoffman, MD
Rebecca Hayes, MD
Genie M. Komives, MD
Katherine M. Varman, MD
Chris Grubb, MD
Valencia Davis, MD
Kelley Singer, MD
Nada El Husseini, MD
Bryan Zorko, MD
Edward Ricciardelli, MD
Rhett Brown, MD
Meera Kelley, MD
Kaye McGinty, MD
Rachel Keever, MD

While online registration closed last week, if you suddenly find yourself available to attend the LEAD Conference, you may pay at the door. Review the schedule of educational sessions and social events. We look forward to seeing you there!

Watch for coverage of some of the many highlights in your NCMS Morning Rounds.

NCMS Convenes Maternal and Infant Health Summit

Yesterday the NCMS brought together 120 key stakeholders to address maternal and infant health in the state. This is the second such summit to examine the challenges affecting maternal and infant health outcomes especially among minorities, and to begin to develop a consensus on actions to make significant improvements in this area.

Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH opened the summit along with NCMS President Timothy J. Reeder, MD, MPH, FACEP and NCMS Foundation President Gerri Mattson, MD, MSPH, FAAP.

Sec. Cohen praised the gathering as an opportunity for everyone to come together. “We need to align and work together,” she said. “Healthy babies mean healthy moms and families.”

The program included a presentation by Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, titled ‘Mamas Matter: Establishing the 4th Trimester.’ She is involved with the 4th Trimester Project, which is dedicated to improving the way mothers are treated post-partum. Dr. Stuebe gave many examples of how our system has evolved and currently treats women after giving birth. She compared it to the baby being the candy and the mother the wrapper. Once the candy is out of the wrapper, the wrapper is cast aside.

Just last week, The 4th Trimester Project launched a new website termed ‘A Village for Mothers,’ as a resource for physicians and their patients to help change this dynamic. Access the website.

Deena Hayes-Greene from the Racial Equity Institute in Greensboro addressed ‘Race & Health: Making the Case for Racial Equity.’ Through statistics, research studies and stories she described the longstanding historic structures that have led to our current system and that perpetuate racism. Race is a primary indicator of outcomes in all ares of life, not just health, she said. She encouraged the audience to, as Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, advised: ‘Get proximate to problem; change the narrative, be willing to be uncomfortable and inconvenienced; maintain hope, despite the brutal facts.’

Special guest speaker Charles Johnson, IV, recounted his experience in 2016 when his wife, Kira, despite being a healthy, vibrant woman who had done everything right as far as pre-natal care, died 12 hours after giving birth to the couple’s second son. Johnson has made it his mission to raise awareness around the issue of maternal mortality through his organization 4kira4moms.  Johnson has testified on Capitol Hill for HR1318 — Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018, which was signed into law last December.

A panel moderated by Angie Truesdale, CEO, of the Centering Healthcare Institute,  addressed the CenteringPregnancy model and how it has been implemented in the state.

Summit participants engaged in activities designed to elicit meaningful discussion and ideas to address the root causes of maternal and infant health challenges.

Medicaid Managed Care Resource List

Our friends at NC AHEC have developed a comprehensive list of all the resources a medical practice needs as the state moves to Medicaid managed care in the coming months. This one-page compendium is a great quick reference to get you the information you need.

Access this valuable resource list.

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Learning Opportunity

The Mountain Area Health and Education Center (MAHEC) in partnership with Western Carolina Medical Society and Lenoir-Rhyne University, will host an inaugural narrative health care symposium, ‘Medicine Beyond Medication,’ Oct. 18 to 19 in Asheville. The event, funded by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, is tailored to health care practitioners in surgery, general practice, nursing, counseling and public health to learn how story defines their work and how it can support their emotional well-being. Learn more and register.


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