NCMS Morning Rounds 4-26-21

Welcome to a new week of NCMS Morning Rounds.

April 26, 2021

NCMS Legislative Update

It was another busy week at the NC General Assembly last week as the crossover deadline on May 14 approaches. This is when all bills filed need to have passed from one chamber to the other to continue being considered this legislative session.

Several bills we’ve been monitoring moved through committee, including SB-345 — PA Team-based Practice, which unanimously passed through the Senate Health Committee and moved on to the Commerce and Insurance Committee. No date had been set as of Friday on when that committee would consider it. The NCMS is in support of this bill as a result of the lengthy discussion in our Medical Team Task Force. This bill is distinct from another piece of legislation being considered this session, SB 249/HB 277 – The SAVE Act. For a detailed comparison of the two proposals review this chart. We are finalizing a Frequently Asked Questions document on these bills and should post that this week. Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for the link to the FAQs.

The NCMS is opposed to SB 249/HB 277 – The SAVE Act and we are thankful to the 2,600 of you who responded to our Action Alert and sent emails to legislators expressing opposition. This bill is still alive and may be considered yet this session. Please, reach out to your legislator by phone to ask them to oppose this act. Find your legislator’s contact information here.

Several other proposals of note that we are watching include SB 505 – Medical Billing Transparency and SB415 — Greater Transparency in Health Care, which are both aimed at addressing surprise billing. The NCMS is working with other NC medical specialty societies and the NC Healthcare Association on an opposition letter to state legislators asking that the federal surprise billing legislation adopted by Congress last year be fully enacted before the state attempts to address the issue. Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for updates on this letter and the issue in general.

Finally, HB 373/SB 228 – Allow Employers to Offer EPO Benefit Plans provides another coverage option for employers to offer employees, but the NCMS is working to make changes to improve to this proposal. Stay tuned for more on that in future editions of NCMS Morning Rounds.

For a comprehensive list of the many bills we’re tracking, please visit our Legislative blog here.

How Can You Help Prevent Diabetes?

The NCMS along with the AMA and other NC stakeholders have come together to address the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Prevention is key and a recent Lunch & Learn webinar focused on ways physicians and PAs can easily refer patients with prediabetes to evidence-based lifestyle change programs.

Hear from family physician, diabetes prevention program physician champion and NCMS Board member Karen Smith, MD, on how she incorporates diabetes prevention into her practice, how it benefits her patients and moves us closer to a DiabetesFreeNC.

Watch the webinar recording here.

NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is for providers working to combat the opioid epidemic in the nation’s rural communities.

The NHSC Rural Community LRP will make loan repayment awards in coordination with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). This will provide evidence-based substance use treatment, assist in recovery and prevent overdose deaths across the nation.

Get more information and determine your eligibility here. May 6 is the application deadline.

In the News

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Learning Opportunity

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, April 27-30, 2021
The goal of the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence is to advance the field of healthcare’s response to domestic violence.

Learn more and 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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