NCMS Morning Rounds 4-30-19

It’s the last NCMS Morning Rounds of April.


Take Action NOW to Protect Tort Reforms

We hope you saw and responded to our Action Alert on Sunday regarding HB611-Amend Rules of Evidence/Binding Arbitration. This bill, backed by the trial lawyers, would dismantle important elements of our 2011 tort reform victory. It’s not too late to take action to let legislators know that this proposal does not serve the cause of justice. Send the Action Alert.

The NCMS has joined with a diverse coalition of business, trade and professional organizations to lobby against passage. Read this group’s joint letter to the NC House on why this is a detrimental proposal.

It took the NCMS and our partners more than two decades to finally convince the NC General Assembly to balance the scales of justice by telling the jury the truth about medical bills in civil tort claims. Now, just eight years later, trial lawyers want to undo that work and once again inflate the amount that juries are told the injured party is responsible for paying.

Please take action!

Boot Camp Kicks Off Practice Transformation Initiative

Last weekend representatives from the North Carolina practices involved in the AMA’s Practice Transformation Initiative (PTI) gathered in Chicago to participate in a ‘boot camp’ focused on practical solutions to issues in their workplace.

The initiative is funded in part by The Physicians Foundation. North Carolina was chosen as a pilot state thanks to NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA, who is a Foundation Board Member.

Discussion centered on clinician “work after work” or how much time is spent on electronic health record (EHR) work after the patient encounter. This often is a factor in burnout. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to examine how a practice might be redesigned to make life better for those in the practice.

The next step will be surveying each practice with a special survey tool to assess the work environment and the current level of burnout. The data gained from this will be used to help the practices make necessary changes. Each practice will then be re-assessed at the end of the year-long initiative.

The NC practices participating in the PTI are: Boice Willis, Cancer Care of Western NC, Chatuge Family Practice, Wilmington Health Associates, Nash Ob-Gyn Associates, Piedmont Health Services, Durham Internal Medicine, Catawba Valley Family Medicine-West Mt View.

Kudos to Dr. Meltzer-Brody, N&O Tar Heel of the Month

The Raleigh News & Observer named Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, a University of North Carolina Medical School academic investigator and psychiatrist, its Tar Heel of the Month for her work as an ‘innovator in women’s mental health.’ Dr. Meltzer-Brody was lauded for her role as the academic lead investigator for the clinical study of the drug, Zulresso, which was approved last month by the FDA to treat postpartum depression. Read the article.

Dr. Meltzer-Brody has worked closely with the NCMS on the NC Consortium for Physician Resilience and Retention, of which the NCMS is a founding member.

Congratulations Dr. Meltzer-Brody!

In the News

Congress Seeks Information on Maternal Deaths, Injuries During Childbirth, Becker’s Hospital Review, 4-25-19

Learning Opportunity

Registration is now open for Erlanger’s 12th Annual Trauma Symposium, to be held June 6-7 at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga. A cadaver and skills lab with be available. Early Bird Discount expires tomorrow, May 1. Learn more and register.



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