NCMS Morning Rounds 12-6-19

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NCMS Morning Rounds of the week.

Dec. 6, 2019

Scam Alert: NC Medical Board Urges Awareness and Caution

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) recently issued an alert urging physicians and physician assistants to beware of telephone calls from individuals claiming to be investigators from the Board. The callers have been saying the physician or PA is under investigation and asking for personal or financial information. Such calls are not legitimate.

The NCMB does NOT contact licensees by telephone to give notice of pending action or investigation. If you receive such a suspicious call, hang up and do not release any information.

If you have questions, please send an email to

New Resource for New Moms

The 4th Trimester Project, an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Social Work, just launched an online postpartum self-care resource designed for mothers, by mothers. NewMomHealth, billed as a ‘Village for New Moms,’ offers a hub of evidence-based, expert-written, reality-centered postpartum health information. This new resource was designed to help new mothers navigate the physical, emotional and relational joys and challenges of early motherhood. The site aims to build community and create a space for women and the people who love them to share resources and learn together.

The site was developed through years of stakeholder meetings, focus groups, research and a national survey. The 4th Trimester Project team partnered with new mothers, health care providers, researchers, public health professionals, community leaders and organizations to create NewMomHealth. The team is continuing to expand content, test new features and incorporate feedback from partners and new mothers.

Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, a professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is part of the 4th Trimester Project’s team and spoke at the NCMS’ Maternal and Infant Health Summit in October. Read the slides from her presentation, ‘Mamas Matter.

The momentum generated during October’s gathering, which brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders and organizations seeking to improve North Carolina’s maternal and infant mortality rate, has prompted a third NCMS and NC Department of Health and Human Services-convened Summit scheduled for March 2020. The planning committee currently is working on the agenda. Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for details.

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training is Leading-Edge

The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program, a nationally accredited smoking cessation certificate-preparation program, has set dates for its 4-day training courses for the first part of 2020. Training will be held March 16-19 in Durham, at the Emerge Center, and June 8-11 in Asheville (location to be determined). These regions were selected to serve North Carolina’s geographically dispersed health care and public health professionals and offer convenient destinations for this leading-edge, certified tobacco treatment specialist training. Participants earn 27.25 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Learn more and register now.

With e-cigarettes and associated lung injuries and deaths much in the news lately, the 2020 training also will address e-cigarette use.

The United Health Foundation’s recent ‘America’s Health Rankings’ report on a variety of health measures in the United States, shows North Carolina has a smoking rate of 17.4 percent, higher than the national average of 16.1 percent. West Virginia has the highest tobacco use rate of 25.2 percent and Utah the lowest at 9 percent. Review more data from the interactive report.

Duke-UNC Program Co-Director Adam Goldstein, MD, said the treatment specialist training goes “beyond teaching the harms of tobacco, the…program offers instruction on complex medication management and advanced behavioral approaches, as well as guidance on how to develop a successful tobacco treatment program within any clinic or health system.”

Duke-UNC TTS was established in 2016 by tobacco treatment leaders from Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and the NC Division of Public Health. The program offers location-based trainings several times each year and includes the latest research and evidence-based methods that increase the impact of each provider and public initiative. Trainings are engaging and interactive, and attendees receive a comprehensive training manual for future reference.

In the News

1 in 5 US Adolescents Is Now Pre-Diabetic, Study Says, CNN, 12-2-19

Learning Opportunity

The Region IV Public Health Training Center is offering an online training ‘Medication-Assisted Recovery & Mutual Aid Groups: A Primer for Clinicians’ on Dec. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The session will explore historical attitudes and official stances of Narcotic’s Anonymous around prescribed medications for substance use disorders. This presentation will look at options for clients in areas devoid of mutual aid groups or alternative community supports. Attendees will receive information on alternative mutual aid groups and meeting formats for individuals engaged in medication-assisted recovery. Learn more and register.



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