NCMS Morning Rounds 12-19-19

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Dec. 19, 2019

NC Maternal Health Initiative Makes National News

National online news outlet, Politico, outlined the striking racial disparities in maternal and infant health in western North Carolina in a feature article this week. The story discussed several initiatives underway through the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and several other grassroots organizations aimed at advocating for African American women and their children.

Read the article, The Secret to Saving the Lives of Black Mothers and Babies, Politico, 12-15-19.

Maternal and infant health and racial disparities in health care are issues of great importance to the NCMS. We have already convened two well-received Summit meetings this year, which brought together stakeholder organizations addressing these issues. A third meeting is being planned for the first quarter of 2020. Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for updates and details on the upcoming Summit.

Poll Shows Half of NC Residents Got Flu Shot

The most recent High Point University (HPU) Poll finds that just over half (51 percent) of North Carolina residents surveyed said they had a flu shot within the past 12 months. The HPU Poll reported a similar finding in February 2019, when 49 percent said they had a flu shot within the past 12 months.

HPU Poll participants were also asked if they plan on getting a flu shot this year. About one-third (34 percent) said they do not plan on getting a flu shot, while 23 percent said they do plan on getting a flu shot yet this year, but have not yet done so.

Of poll respondents with children under the age of 18, about two-thirds (63 percent) indicated they will have their children vaccinated against the flu this year, and another one-third (36 percent) said they will not.

The HPU Poll finds two-thirds (66 percent) of North Carolinians said they have not seen a health care provider for the flu in the past 12 months. This is close to the 70 percent of North Carolina residents who said the same thing in February 2019.

Learn more about this poll.

Five NC Hospitals Get Top Honors

The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality, recently announced the recipients of its 2019 Top Hospitals award. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and lower infection rates, among other laudable qualities, according to the Leapfrog Group. Hospitals that are eligible to receive a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must have received an A in the most recent round of scoring to be eligible.

In the top general hospital category three North Carolina hospitals grabbed the honor:
• Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center
• Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
• Novant Health Medical Park Hospital

In the top teaching hospital division, two North Carolina facilities were recognized:
• Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
• Rex Hospital, Inc.

Read the full report.

Congratulations on this recognition!

In the News

Surprising Swings in Momentum for Legislation on Surprise Medical Bills, Kaiser Health News, 12-17-19

Learning Opportunity

The National Academy of Medicine recently released a new publication titled “Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: The Hope, the Hype, the Promise, the Peril.” Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to make transformative and disruptive advances in health care. However, it is prudent to balance the need for thoughtful, inclusive health care AI against potential unintended consequences, marketing hype and profit motives. This publication synthesizes current knowledge about the use of AI in health care, outlines the current and near-term solutions, highlights challenges and best practices, and identifies limitations of the technology. Download it now for free now for some holiday time reading.


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