NCMS Morning Rounds 11-22-19

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NCMS Morning Rounds of the week.

Nov. 22, 2019

Vital Directions for Health: The NC Experience

The NCMS and several of its programs received positive mention yesterday during the first day of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) ‘Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: The North Carolina Experience’ conference at the NC Biotechnology Center in Durham. NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA was a member of the planning committee for the conference.

NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH mentioned the NCMS’ focus on health over health care in her remarks noting that this also is a focus for NCDHHS. Panelist Karen Smith, MD, FAAFP, noted the good work of the NCMS Foundation’s Community Practitioner Program (CPP) and Project OBOT as part of her comments. Dr. Smith was a CPP participant, and she currently uses Project OBOT to help treat her substance use disorder patients.

Gov. Roy Cooper was the opening speaker for the conference, which aims to highlight the innovative initiatives underway in North Carolina to address health care challenges with which the entire nation is struggling. The Governor spoke about the various programs his administration has undertaken to try to achieve his mission of a state where all people can “live lives with purpose and abundance.” Both he and Sec. Cohen stressed the importance of expanding Medicaid to achieve this goal.

In the wake of NCDHHS’ announcement this week that the state’s transformation to Medicaid managed care had been delayed, Sec. Cohen told attendees that the transition to “managed care is a ‘when’ not an ‘if.’” She also said that NCDHHS will continue “marching forward” with NCCare360 and the Healthy Opportunity Pilots, both initiatives designed to address non-clinical drivers of health outcomes by helping physicians and physician assistants easily connect their patients with resources available through community based organizations.

The conference continues today. Review the agenda and learn more about the NAM’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care.

MedTalks Videos Address Issues Important to You

A favorite part of the NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference consistently has been each year’s Leadership College Scholars’ MEDTalks. These brief 10-minute presentations of each scholar’s year-long research project findings, cover a wide spectrum of topics but focus on subjects of concern to you and your colleagues.

Now, videos of the class of 2019’s MEDTalks are available for you to view at your leisure. See what your colleagues and new health care leaders discovered and how it may impact you and your practice. Browse the 2019 MEDTalks video library.

Learn more about the Leadership College and other NCMS leadership development programs offered through our Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership.

Kudos for NC Diabetes Advisory Council Awards

North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council (DAC) honored NCMS member Charles A. Cook, MD, MPH and Jason Horay, MS, ATC, LAT, CHES, manager of Health Strategy and Well-Being for Curi and the NCMS Employee Benefit Plan, on Nov. 8 in Raleigh. The DAC awards recognize individuals and organizations that encourage diabetes prevention and self-management through promotion of eating healthy, being physically active, living tobacco free, getting adequate sleep, and participating in a diabetes program or adhering to a personalized diabetes treatment plan.

Dr. Cook, with Raleigh Associated Medical Specialists, received the Health Care Provider Award. In this 5-minute video of his acceptance speech, Dr. Cook describes how he manages and monitors his patient population to achieve glycemic goals and prevent costly complications, receiving reimbursements under new growing remote patient monitoring incentives that have been championed by CMS and other payers.

Horay received the Myrna Miller Wellons Employer Award for his work on behalf of the NCMS Plan. Upon accepting the award, he noted that, “we believe for any wellness initiative to be truly effective, employees need to uncover why they want to be healthy. They need to explore the deep-down, heartfelt fears and hopes that drive their behavior and their habits, and find their reason—their true purpose—for making positive changes.”

Congratulations to you both, Dr. Cook and Jason!

In the News

33 Percent of Americans Won’t Get Flu Shot, Despite Higher Vaccination Rates This Season, Becker’s Hospital Review, 11-20-19

Learning Opportunity

Here’s your opportunity to learn more about the proposal that has been much in the news lately – the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on the rule on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. CMS encourages you to review the final rule, press release and fact sheet prior to the call. Learn more and register.



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