NCMS Morning Rounds 4-12-19

Happy Friday! It’s NCMS Morning Rounds time!

Maximize Your Leadership Potential – Apply Now

The NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) has trained hundreds of physicians and PAs who now lead major health systems, their practices and their communities. Through our award-winning leadership development courses like Leadership College and Health Care Leadership and Management, they were able to identify their individual style of leadership, hone their strengths and understand how to successfully navigate the complexities of today’s health care environment.

Take it from Yun Boylston, MD, who graduated from each of KIPL’s programs:
“Physician leaders need both microscopes and telescopes to deal with the challenges ahead. While KIPL can’t provide answers to all your challenges, it can provide thought tools to help you examine the issues. This is a time of uncertainty, but also great opportunity. How effectively we physicians choose to engage in these changes will determine our relevance and contributions to health care of the future.”

Learn more about Leadership College, which is designed to foster your leadership skills so you can have a positive impact in your workplace and your community. Established in 2003, the Leadership College has graduated over 260 participants, the majority of whom go on to take leadership positions within their profession. Apply here.

Explore Health Care Leadership and Management (HCLM), which provides a critical framework for physicians based on economics, finance and leadership development. With this framework, graduates are provided the necessary vocabulary for the business realm and are equipped to take on greater leadership positions in their career. Apply here.

What Will NC Medicaid Look Like 7 Years from Now?

As required by law, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) delivered its forecast for the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care this week to the General Assembly and its Fiscal Research Division. The report details the probable fiscal impact of the transition to managed care over the next seven years from 2019 to 2025. The main takeaway – implementing managed care, including the premium tax on the pre-paid health plans, will create savings for the state.

Read the report.

County Medical Societies Offer Comradery, Learning

Two county medical societies had successful meetings this week, drawing local physicians to socialize, network and learn with their community colleagues.

At the Durham Orange County Medical Society (DOCMS) dinner meeting on Wednesday, more than 30 attendees heard from Lisa C. Muasher, MD, MPH, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, on the latest on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Her husband, Suheil J. Muasher, MD is world-renowned expert on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). He gave the group a fascinating history on the development and evolution of IVF and current patient guidelines.

NCMS’ Vice President for Rural Health Systems Innovation Franklin Walker, MBA, provided an overview of two new NCMS Foundation programs – Project OBOT and Our Community Health Initiative. DOCMS member Howard Eisenson, MD, applauded these programs and commented on the need for government and health care organizations and providers to “work upstream” on the root causes of both addiction and other chronic conditions. He noted that advocating for increased understanding of addiction as well as prevention of disease are proactive strategies to improve health and save money.

Meanwhile, across the state physicians in Burke County also gathered over dinner for a presentation by Clark Gaither, MD, FAAFP, titled “Enjoying a Brewery Town While Protecting Your Medical License.” Dr. Gaither is the medical director of the NC Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), which assists health care providers with substance use disorders, mental health issues, burnout, communication problems and other issues that may affect their ability to deliver optimal care and services to their patients.

The NCMS regularly works with physicians and PAs throughout the state to support and revitalize local societies to build community and enhance communication among the physicians in an area. If you would like to see more local activity among physicians and PAs in your town or county, please contact Ashley Newton, NCMS Vice President for Member Services, at or 919-833-3836 x130 to learn how the NCMS can help.

In the News

Death By A Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong, Fortune, 3-18-19

Learning Opportunity

Black Maternal Health Week, sponsored by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is a time to raise awareness of maternal health issues faced by black women. To that end, TODAY, Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. there will be webinar on ‘Decolonizing Research in Black Maternal Health.’ Register here.

A second webinar, ‘Maternal Health Policy Priorities for Black Mamas,’ will be held on Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Register for this webinar here.


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