NCMS Morning Rounds 11-5-21

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November 5, 2021

NCMS Membership Renewal Time — Invoices Have Been Sent

NCMS invoicing began in mid-September. If you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2022, now’s the time to do so. For your convenience, there are several ways to renew: complete and return your invoice by mail, online at, by phone at (800) 722-1350 or (919) 833-3836 ext. 102 or 145.

Medical practices that receive group billing for their physicians and physician assistants who are North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members should have received their dues renewal invoice recently. Check with your practice administrator to be sure the invoice has been paid so your NCMS membership will not be interrupted. Being on group billing saves administrative time and costs and is a convenient and streamlined way to take care of your membership renewals. If you’d like to be invoiced as a group, please contact Beth Remhof by email at or by phone at (919) 833-3836 ext. 145.

Death Certificates to go Fully Online as of January 1st

Effective January 1st, the state of North Carolina will require all death certificates to be submitted electronically using its new online system, the NC Database Application for Vital Events (NC DAVE).

Clinicians who sign death certificates or could need to sign one in the future must register with NC DAVE to certify deaths. Anyone who has not yet registered for a free account with NC DAVE should act now to be ready for the Jan. 1 deadline. Under state law, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners may certify deaths. Individuals who sign death certificates are referred to as “medical certifiers”.

Learn more here.

Governor Appoints Otolaryngologist to the NC Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Dr. Dawn de Neef to the NC Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board. Dr. de Neef is a board-certified otolaryngologist and practices at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat in Hickory, NC, and is a member of the North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (NCSOHNS).

She was nominated as Surgical Resident of the Year at a Children’s Hospital. Dr. de Neef received the AMWA Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation.

Dr. de Neef was jointly nominated by the NCSOHNS and NCMS.

In the News

Biden-Harris Administration Issues Emergency Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers, CMS, 11-4-21

Learning Opportunity

Palmetto GBA, CGS Administrators, Noridian Healthcare Solutions and WPS Government Health Administrators will host a Multi-Jurisdictional Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting via teleconference on December 07, 2021 from 2pm – 4pm ET. Discussions will focus on MolDX: Predictive Testing to Guide Targeted Therapy Selection in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) assigned Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) the task of developing Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs). The purpose of the CAC meeting is to provide a formal mechanism for healthcare professionals to be informed of the evidence used in developing an LCD and promote communications between the MACs and the healthcare community. The CAC panel will discuss the clinical literature related to MolDX: Predictive Testing to Guide Targeted Therapy Selection in Rheumatoid Arthritis and rate their confidence in a series of Key Questions. Discussions will occur between CAC panelists and Contractor Medical Directors. The public may attend; however, questions from the public will not be entertained.

Interested stakeholders are invited to listen via teleconference; however, advance registration is required.

Register here.

Note: Registration deadline is November 22, 2021 11:59 p.m. ET.

*Lines will remain muted throughout the conference except for the invited CAC panelists and the MAC hosts.


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