NCMS Morning Rounds 4-17-19

It’s Wednesday and time for

NCMS Morning Rounds!

Medical Society Alliances Support the Profession in Many Ways

Throughout the state medical society alliance groups offer physician spouses and physicians an opportunity to connect to support each other and their community. These organizations provide a support network to help physician families face the unique challenges of life in a medical family. And they make a difference in the larger community by raising money for worthy causes.

For instance, the NCMS Alliance recently donated $1,000 to the NCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which has helped several eastern North Carolina practices rebuild after Hurricane Florence. Thank you to the generosity and support of the NCMS Alliance! Learn more about the NCMS Alliance.

Alliances throughout the state work to raise money for scholarships and research, stage public health projects in their communities and advocate for policy change to assure a bright future for the medical profession. Alliance seminars and networking opportunities build professional skills, help members gain new perspectives on advocacy and health promotion and deliver resources to address the unique challenges and concerns of physician families.

Many county medical societies in the state have Alliance groups that offer local support and programs. The Wake County Medical Society Alliance, for instance, has a full calendar of events and is a longtime supporter of the Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh. Learn more about the Wake County Medical Society Alliance.

Here is a list of other county medical society alliances. See if there is one in your community and consider getting involved.

NC Practices Head to Chicago for Transformation Boot Camp

Representatives of the eight practices selected to participate in the year-long Practice Transformation Wellness Initiative will be in Chicago April 26-27 for a boot camp to help them kick start the process of increasing the joy in their practice.

The boot camp will include burnout assessment integration, research methodology, guided intervention support and analysis of findings for each practice. The initiative is a year-long program made possible by a partnership between the NCMS and its Employee Benefit Plan, The Physicians Foundation and the AMA. Participating practices will integrate evidence-based solutions to improve patient care by enhancing professional fulfillment and reducing clinician burnout.

The following practices are participating in the initiative and the upcoming boot camp: Boice Willis, Cancer Care of Western NC, Chatuge Family Practice, Wilmington Health Associates, Nash Ob-Gyn Associates, Piedmont Health Services, Hospice & Palliative Care-Charlotte Region, Catawba Valley Family Medicine-West Mt View.

Learn more about this initiative with these frequently asked questions.

In the News

In this article our colleague, Steve Levine at the Texas Medical Association, details why medical societies are important, especially now.

How Medical Societies Can Save American Medicine, MedPage Today, 9-3-18

Learning Opportunity

Want to learn more about the health plans that will be providing Medicaid managed care services to the state starting this fall? A series of meet and greet sessions with representatives of each of the plans are being held this week and next offering an opportunity to ask specific questions about network participation and the transition to Medicaid managed care. Today’s session is in Rocky Mount; tomorrow’s will be in Charlotte. Next week it’s Greenville and Boone. Learn more here.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services also is offering webinars covering the basics of managed care. Next week the training courses are:

  • MCT 103 – Value Based Payments and Quality Measurement in Medicaid Managed Care, NC Medicaid Managed Care 103, Thursday, April 25, Noon-1 p.m.
    MCT 104 – Provider Policies, NC Medicaid Managed Care 104, Thursday, May 9, Noon-1 p.m.

Learn more and register for these webinars.



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