NCMS Morning Rounds 11-25-20

 Enjoy today’s NCMS Morning Rounds.

November 25, 2020

The NCMS offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow and Friday. Your NCMS Morning Rounds will resume publication on Monday, Nov. 30.

We wish you a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving!

Celebrating Public Health Workers During a Pandemic

While Monday was officially ‘Public Health Thank You Day,’ it’s probably appropriate to thank the public health workforce every day, especially during our current pandemic.
Public health workers, who are dedicated to protecting and improving the health of communities, often are at the forefront in responding to public health crises. Before COVID-19, the public health field had a lower visibility. Now ‘public health’ is a household word.

In North Carolina there are over 10,000 public health professionals in state and local health departments. Since March, they’ve logged countless hours of nights and weekend work to help fight COVID-19.

THANK YOU to everyone working to protect the public’s health — for your commitment to helping to ensure the health of our community today and every day!

Help During the Holidays – and Beyond

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has created a special page just for health care professionals to seek confidential support resources during the pandemic, as well as tips on resiliency and self-care “wellness” strategies. Access the website here.

Other resources to help physicians and PAs who may be particularly stressed during these unprecedented times, include the Physicians Support Line (1-888-409-0141), which is a free, peer support line run by volunteer psychiatrists for their physician colleagues. It is available everyday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Learn more about all the well-being resources available to you at the NCMS’ Emotional Support Resources During COVID-19 page.

Key Federal Regulatory Updates

Our partner organization, the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently published updates on key federal regulatory developments that may impact you and your patients.

For instance, PAI provides a summary of the preliminary 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance results. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet released a full, detailed report of the performance results.

For information on Highlights include upcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) dates and deadlines, preliminary 2019 QPP performance results and proposed and final rules by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) visit PAI’s website here.

In response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, PAI’s advocacy efforts have focused on securing adequate financial supports and regulatory flexibilities to allow physicians to continue to safely care for their patients and remain financially viable. Please visit PAI’s COVID-19 Resources page and the Healthsperien COVID-19 Resource Updates page for up-to-date information.

In the News

Essential Workers’ Likely to Get Earlier Access to COVID-19 Vaccine, STAT, 11-23-20

Learning Opportunity

The North Carolina Dermatology Association’s Virtual Annual Meeting will be held Jan. 30-31 and will feature outstanding faulty addressing current topics of interest to practicing dermatologists and dermatopathologists and an advocacy update. The meeting offers up to 7.75 hours AMA PRA Category 1TM credits. This virtual gathering also will offer a networking hub where you can learn about products and services to help your practice as well as renew friendships and meet new colleagues – all from the comfort of your home or office.

Learn more by downloading the registration brochure or by visiting the registration website.

If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!


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