NCMS Morning Rounds 2-1-19

First NCMS Disaster Relief Check Delivered

Yesterday, NCMS Director, Member Services for the eastern part of the state Frank Snyder was pleased to present the first NCMS Foundation Disaster Relief Program grant check to John Rickabaugh, MD and Sandy Rickabaugh, business manager, of Sound Medical Family Practice in Morehead City and Cape Carteret. Both of Sound Medical’s buildings sustained damage during Hurricane Florence, and the offices were closed for a week after the storm.

“We greatly appreciate the assistance the NCMS is providing and we will put it to good use immediately,” Sandy Rickabaugh said. She encouraged other practices, which may have lingering damage from the storm, insurance deductibles to cover as well as lost revenue because of closures due to the Hurricane, to apply for the NCMS Foundation Disaster Relief funds . “It’s an easy process,” she said. “We’re so grateful for this help.”

The NCMS Foundation Disaster Relief Program continues to accept applications for grants to help practices impacted by natural disasters. Review the guidelines and apply today. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Are You Aware of The Physicians Foundation + NCMS Connection?

The Physicians Foundation, which seeks to promote a better future for physicians and their patients through funding research, grants, physician leadership development and other programs, has a longstanding and beneficial connection with the NCMS for nearly two decades.

Founded in 2003 after a class-action lawsuit brought by physicians, 19 state medical societies and three county medical societies against private third-party payers resulted in a significant monetary settlement, The Physicians Foundation is responsible for the ongoing stewardship of those funds. North Carolina was one of the state medical societies involved in the lawsuit, and NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA, serves as treasurer on The Physicians Foundation board.

At a recent meeting, Board members agreed the NCMS, the Texas Medical Association, and the Medical Society of the State of New York will pilot the collaboration efforts with The Health Initiative to support the physician voice in the national discourse on social determinants of health.

Other matters addressed by the Board included setting aside funds to be used for disaster relief efforts. The Physicians Foundation was a generous supporter of the NCMS Foundation Disaster Relief Program in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence last year.

The Board also approved support for the Practice Transformation Initiative: Solutions to Increase Joy in Medicine, which will be offered in collaboration with the American Medical Association. A pilot cohort of physician practices will be launched with the support of the NCMS, Washington State Medical Association and the New Jersey Medical Society. They also agreed to sponsor the 2019 American Conference on Physician Health taking place in Charlotte, NC in September.

NCSEPS Meeting Tomorrow

The ever-popular CodeQuest meeting of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology will begin tomorrow in Greensboro at the Grandover Resort and Hotel.

Approximately 198 people, including 37 physicians, have registered for this meeting, which offers two courses for a total of six hours of intense coding training and education for those in ophthalmology. The courses offer up to date information on shifting regulations, compliance with federal and commercial payers’ rules and the latest tactics to appropriately maximize reimbursement.  The training is ophthalmology- and state-specific.

In the News

Interesting read from, a non-partisan think tank that conducts original research on expanding economic opportunity to those who least have it.

How the Hospital Lobby Fights Against Affordable Health Care, Freopp, 1-24-19

Learning Opportunities

The NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT in conjunction with Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) across the state and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, have published the list of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) training classes for office based opioid use disorder treatment from February through September. Review the list for the course near you. Many of the NCMS managed specialty societies are meeting in February:

  • The NC Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons gather 2 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro for their CodeQuest seminar;
  • The NC Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery’s winter meeting also will be held at the Grandover Resort the following weekend, 9;
  • The NC Neurological Society Annual Meeting will be at the Grandover Resor on 15-17; and
  • The NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Session will take place 22-23 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.


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