NCMS Morning Rounds 12-3-19

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NCMS Morning Rounds

Dec. 3, 2019

Don’t Forget Your NCMS on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is observed annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is a day to give back and to truly kick-off the holiday season by giving to the charities and causes you support.

During the next 24 hours, please give to the NCMS Foundation or to another charity of your choice. Remember, gifts to the NCMS Foundation will sustain programs addressing access to care, innovative models of care and payment, leadership development, physician wellness, disaster recovery and the opioid crisis. Your gift, no matter the size, will make a difference in the lives of patients across NC! Learn more about the NCMS Foundation’s important work.

What are you waiting for? Join the movement and GIVE TODAY!

For a calming and warm touch during this holiday season, the NCMS Alliance, our affiliate organization for NCMS member spouses, invites you to consider purchasing a special candle or two to support its Community Education Fund. A portion of the proceeds for orders placed today will go to this fund. Learn more about the NCMS Alliance. The candles, made with clean ingredients and featuring unique, nature-inspired fragrances, are made by Noted, a Boston-based company. Learn more and order.

New Training Opportunities for NC Health Information Exchange

The North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) recently announced its partnership with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Program to increase training opportunities for health care practices participating in the state-designated health information exchange (HIE), NC HealthConnex.

North Carolina is launching a robust NC HealthConnex training and data quality program, directed by the NC HIEA and carried out by the NC AHEC. With the additional funding, existing and newly connected NC HealthConnex participants will have access to on-site and virtual training on new features and specific use cases, as well as the facilitation of larger health system or regional group workshops. With the tools provided, health care providers will be able to offer better care to the citizens of North Carolina.

NC HealthConnex is a secure, standardized electronic network that facilitates conversations between physicians allowing them to access and share health-related information across North Carolina to improve coordination of care for patients. NC HealthConnex allows participating practices to access their patients’ comprehensive records across multiple providers, as well as review labs, diagnostics, history, allergies, medications and more to help decrease redundancy and allow for more efficient and accurate diagnoses, recommendations and treatment.

Learn more about the partnership between NC HIEA and NC AHEC. For training opportunities, please click here.

To get all the latest news from NC Health Connex read the latest update newsletter.

Share Your Insights on Opioid Prescribing Limits

The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center Study Team, in collaboration with Drs. Tim Carey and Paul Chelminski at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, invite you to participate in a research study about the implementation of opioid prescribing limits contained in the North Carolina Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act passed in 2017 (IRB#18-2437). This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a physician tasked with the challenges of implementing various guidelines, the researchers would like to get your perspective about the STOP Act and learn how physicians in North Carolina have implemented the prescribing limits outlined in the act.

They would like to learn:
• How prescribing limits have impacted physicians across the State,
• How you have implemented these limits in your organization, and
• How to improve opioid prescribing policies for patients and providers.

If you decide to participate, a member of the research team will interview you about:
• Your views on opioid usage in North Carolina,
• Your organization’s communications about and implementation of prescribing limits, and
• Your views regarding the purpose of prescribing limits.

Interviews will be no more than one hour (by phone) and your responses will be kept strictly confidential. There will be no identifiers linking you or your institution to any of your responses. The researchers intend to interview physicians across the State. As a thank you for your time, you will receive a $50 gift card.

Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time should you decide not to participate. If you’d like to participate or have any questions about the study, please contact Natalie Blackburn at or by phone at (919) 843-0155.

In the News

Opinion: When Waiting Feels Immoral: Fairness in the Emergency Department Calls for Empathy from All of Us, STAT, 11-25-19

Learning Opportunity

Join the National Academy of Medicine as they present the findings, conclusions and recommendations from their Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience on Wednesday, Dec. 4, either in person in Washington, DC or via live webcast. This public meeting will present the recently released consensus report, and begin to translate the report recommendations to action.

The objectives of this public meeting are to:
• Present the goals, findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the consensus report, Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being
• Discuss the conceptual framework and foundational principles underlying the report goals, findings and recommendations
• Gain an understanding of how the report goals and recommendations apply to participating organizations and stakeholder groups, and learn about specific actions across the system to reduce burnout and foster professional well-being
• Identify what health care organizations, educational institutions, policymakers, and the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative can do to advance the consensus report goals, findings and recommendations
• Make commitments at the individual and institutional level to carry forward the consensus report recommendations

Register today!



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