NCMS Morning Rounds 2-7-20

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NCMS Morning Rounds.

Feb. 7, 2020

Future Clinician Leader Part of Public Health ‘Think Tank’

A current participant in the NCMS Foundation’s Future Clinician Leaders College, Jaimee L. Watts RN, BSN, is already taking on a leadership role as part of the American Journal of Public Health’s 2020 Student Think Tank.

The group of six master’s or doctoral students of diverse backgrounds will spend the next year working with the Journal to continue to engage students and young professionals with the Journal and the American Public Health Association (APHA). They do this through a number of projects throughout the year culminating in one legacy project. This year’s group of six met for their first meeting last month. You can follow them and their projects throughout their year of service to the Journal and the public health community on Twitter, @AJPHThinkTank.

In addition to being involved in the Think Tank and the Future Clinician Leaders program, Watts is pursuing her Adult-Gerontology Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of North Carolina—Greensboro and her Masters of Public Health, Health Promotion and Policy at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Learn more about the various leadership development programs offered through the NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership.

Public Hearing Set on Coronavirus Order

On Monday, as reported in your NCMS Morning Rounds, State Health Director Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, MD, MPH, issued a temporary order requiring immediate reporting of novel coronavirus. An emergency rule was adopted on Wednesday, Feb. 5 to continue the reporting requirement while permanent rules are pursued.

As is required, a public hearing for interested parties on the temporary rule will be held on Monday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Cardinal Conference Room, Building 3, at 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The hearing will concern updating the communicable diseases and conditions reporting requirements in 10ANCAC 41A.0101 to include novel coronavirus.

Adoption of the temporary rule was required “due to the serious and unforeseen threat posed by this infectious disease.”

Read the memo from the NC Division of Public Health’s Director of Regulatory and Legal Affairs about the hearing.

‘Keepers of the House’ Documents Role of Hospital Housekeepers

Two Duke University physicians recently debuted a 15-minute documentary, ‘Keepers of the House,’ focused on the often overlooked role played by hospital housekeepers. The short film focuses on eight housekeepers at Duke Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital as they speak about the special relationships they form with patients and how they think their work contributes to healing. Watch the video.

The physicians behind the project are Neil Prose, MD, a professor of dermatology, pediatrics and global health at Duke University School of Medicine and co-director of Duke’s Health Humanities Lab, and Ray Barfield, MD, professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy and director of medical humanities at Duke’s Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine.

STAT, the online health care publication, also published a column on Wednesday about the project.

In the News

Flu vs. Coronavirus: National and Global Comparison, Becker’s Hospital Review, 2-4-20

Learning Opportunity

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is offering a webinar on Monday, Feb. 10, from 3 to 4 p.m. to walk stakeholders through the remaining aspects of the Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plan design, including the procurement process, administration and entity management, financial management and monitoring, provider participation/contracting, quality and other programmatic features under Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans. Review the Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plan Request for Applications (RFA) Pre-Release Policy Paper. To participate in the webinar register here.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. the NC DHHS will offer a Transition of Care Policy Overview webinar. Read the NC DHHS Transition of Care Draft Policy. The Transition of Care design intends to maintain continuity of care for each beneficiary and minimize the burden on providers during transition. Register for the webinar.

The Department welcomes feedback on the Tailored Plan policy by Feb. 14 and on the Transition of Care policy by March 6. You can submit your comments at For more information, visit the Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plan webpage or Transition of Care webpage.


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