NCMS Morning Rounds 3-19-21

Yay! It’s Friday! Here’s your NCMS Morning Rounds.

March 19, 2021

Last chance to share your insights! Is there a change brought about by the pandemic that you would like to see become part of post-pandemic life? RESPOND HERE. The most interesting responses may be published in the upcoming NCMS Bulletin magazine. Thanks for sharing!

Responding to NC’s Opioid Abuse Epidemic – Pilot Program + Project OBOT

The Governor’s Institute and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) have partnered to conduct a one-year pilot program focused on expanding the pool of those health care providers who can offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The pilot will enable qualified PAs and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine even if their supervising physician is not waivered.

Physicians who supervise PAs and nurse practitioners waivered to treat patients for opioid use disorder, but who have themselves not completed all steps to qualify for their buprenorphine waiver, can join this pilot program. The Governor’s Institute and the NC Society of Addiction Medicine will connect participants with resources and experienced buprenorphine mentors at no cost to participants.

Learn more about this initiative here. You may also contact Pollen Williamson at for more information on training needs or if you would like to be paired with an experienced buprenorphine mentor.

Remember the NCMS Foundation’s Project OBOT as another important resource in responding to the opioid abuse epidemic. With the data showing an increase in substance abuse due to the pandemic, now is the time to investigate Project OBOT’s comprehensive and collaborative approach to helping your patients with substance use disorders. Learn more here.

All Are Welcome at the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society General Meeting

NCMS President Philip M. Brown, Jr., MD, will be speaking at his hometown county medical society on Wednesday, March 24 beginning at 6 p.m. All NCMS members are welcome to join in the virtual meeting to hear Dr. Brown’s insights on health care issues facing North Carolina today. He also will take questions during the session.

Two Premedical Scholarships will be awarded to UNC-Wilmington students aspiring to become physicians during this general meeting.

Join the meeting at this Zoom link or by calling 301-715-8592and entering the meeting ID, 886 0285 5975, and passcode, 743011.

We Need Your Leadership

The NCMS and NCMS Foundation has opened its leadership nomination process. Please consider a leadership role for yourself or a worthy colleague. Submitting a nomination is easy as outlined below.

The NCMS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the NCMS, seeks to improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians. The Foundation’s portfolio of programs demonstrates our commitment to this vision. Learn more about each of these programs here.

A full description of what is expected of members of the NCMS Foundation’s Board of Trustees along with details on the nomination process are outlined in this document. Nominations are due by Aug. 30, 2021.

The NCMS’ Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the NCMS Board of Directors, NC American Medical Association (AMA) Delegation and on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee itself. Nominations are due by May 17, 2021.

An overview of each of the roles on the NCMS Board of Directors, AMA delegation and Nominating and Leadership Development Committee along with details on the nomination process are included in this document.

In the News

Lingering Symptoms Go Away After Getting Vaccinated, Some COVID-19 Long-Haulers Say, Becker’s Hospital Review , 3-17-21

Learning Opportunity

Medicaid Managed Care Fireside Chat Webinar, Apr 1 at 5:30 PM
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and North Carolina AHEC are offering a twice-monthly evening webinar series to help prepare providers, practice managers, and quality managers for Medicaid Managed Care going live on July 1, 2021. Hosted by Chief Medical Officer of the NC Division of Health Benefits Shannon Dowler, MD, the series will feature changing subtopics on Medicaid Managed Care on the first Thursday of each month and clinical quality on the third Thursday of each month.

Register here.

If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!


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