NCMS Morning Rounds 2-6-20

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NCMS Morning Rounds.

Feb. 6, 2020

NCMS Part of Integrated Pain Management Roundtable

NCMS Vice President for Rural Health System Innovation Franklin Walker, MBA, participated in yesterday’s roundtable discussion on ‘Implementing Integrated Pain Management: Lessons from North Carolina Health Systems and Beyond.’ The event was jointly hosted by the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy and Duke Orthopedic Surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Walker was among 30 local and national authorities present to discuss various aspects of integrated pain management and how to implement such a program for treatment of musculoskeletal/non-cancer pain. See who else participated in the roundtable discussion.

Beyond describing the current landscape of integrated pain management programs, the group assessed implementation challenges and opportunities, identified examples of successful programs and what allowed them to be successful and determined the types of evidence and analysis needed to make the business case for integrated pain management to health care organizations. Review a more in-depth guide to the issues and topics discussed.

Walker oversees the NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT, which offers a comprehensive approach to treating opioid use disorder, and Our Community Health Initiative, which provides health care teams a quick and seamless way to connect patients to community based organizations.

Kudos to Business NC’s ‘Power 100’

In this month’s issue, Business North Carolina magazine editorial staff selected their third annual ‘Power 100’ list of the ‘state’s most influential business leaders.’ Many health care leaders were among them, including those with close ties to the NCMS, like CURI CEO Dale Jenkins. CURI was, until last year, known as Medical Mutual Insurance, a company originally formed by North Carolina physicians to provide malpractice insurance.

Other health care leaders among the ‘Power 100’ include: NCMS member Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine; Wesley Burks, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care; Mike Waldrum, MD, MS, MBA, the CEO at Vidant Health in Greenville, among other health system executives.

Kudos to all! See the complete list of Business North Carolina’s ‘Power 100.’

Does Your Practice Administrator Deserve and Award?

The North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) and Curi again are soliciting nominations for the Administrator of the Year Award. This award recognizes an NCMGMA affiliated health care administrator, who has exhibited ‘exceptional leadership management proficiency and enhanced the effectiveness of health care delivery in his/her practice and community through recent, noteworthy achievements.’

The 2020 award will be presented at the NCMGMA Annual Conference, May 13-15, in Myrtle Beach.

Learn more and submit a nomination. The deadline is March 6.

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Learning Opportunity

The NC Osteopathic Medical Association, the North Carolina Society for the American College of Osteopathic Physicians and the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine are hosting the 2020 Winter CME Conference on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Campbell University. This year’s conference will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. One of the featured speakers will be Kevin Davidson, MD, Interventional Pulmonologist with Wake Med Raleigh, who identified the first cases of vaping-related lung injury in North Carolina in July 2019 and is the senior author of the Center for Disease Control report published in Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Reports. Learn more and register.


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