NCMS Morning Rounds 12-31-19

Your last NCMS Morning Rounds of 2019!

Dec. 31, 2019

Some New Year’s Day Reading from the NCMS

In case you missed it in your email yesterday, the latest issue of the online NCMS Bulletin Magazine is now available. This edition focuses on physician wellness, offering expert insights, stories from your colleagues and practical tips to help create a practice environment that promotes wellness.

If you need some holiday reading as you ponder the coming year and any resolutions to make it a good one, consider spending some time with this NCMS Bulletin.

Read it now.

Update: Flu ‘Widespread’ in NC

As flu season enters its typical peak between December and February, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has termed flu activity ‘widespread’ in the state. Some hospitals and health systems have started restricting visitors to stem the spread of the virus.

As of the week ending Dec. 21, seven people have died of flu related illnesses. Review the state’s latest statistics on the flu.

Even though it’s recommended to get a flu-shot in October for maximum protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still encouraging people to be vaccinated in January and beyond. Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations and see the national statistics on the spread of influenza this season.

Still Time to Participate In Salary and Benefits Survey

The NC Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) Salary and Benefits Survey will remain open until Jan. 17. This online, comprehensive study is designed to provide comparative information on North Carolina specific health care industry trends. By completing the survey, you will have access to the information to help in making crucial business decisions for your practice.

To initially access the survey site, click here to create your login and begin your survey. If you are a returning user, use this link.

Some helpful tips:
• The User Guide will help answer many of your how-to questions. It can also be found on the Support page in the survey, once logged in.
• The Survey is divided into sections that contain categories of questions. You can begin in any section and complete the survey questions in any order.
• The progress bar on the home page will track your overall progress and the icons will help you see any areas not completed.
• Come back as often as needed to complete the survey. All data is saved as you go.

In order to access results when they are released this spring, participants must complete all required questions and a minimum 75 percent of the survey.

If you are still in need of further assistance, please contact NCMGMA Support at

In the News

The 10 Biggest Health Care Stories of 2019, The Advisory Board Forum, 12-30-19

Learning Opportunity

Today is the last day to get the registration discount on the Governor’s Institute annual Addiction Medicine Conference to be held April 30 to May 2 in Asheville. This 3-day gathering offers an in-depth exploration of addiction medicine and includes a wide range of topics appropriate for primary care providers as well as addiction medicine specialists. Review the draft program. Use the code EarlyBird2020 when registering here.


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