NCMS Morning Rounds 5-17-19

Happy Friday!

Enjoy the week’s final NCMS Morning Rounds!

Busy Weekend Ahead for NCMS Leaders and Leadership Scholars

Your NCMS Board of Directors will be meeting today and tomorrow at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine to undertake their strategic planning for the year as well as attend to regular Board business. The Board will receive updates from the NC Medical Board and the NC Physicians Health Program as well as hear from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC President and CEO Patrick Conway, MD, on issues affecting NCMS members.

Also, this weekend, the 2019 class of Leadership College scholars, part of the NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, will be meeting at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill where they will receive media training among other lessons toward becoming leaders in their organization.

Watch next week’s NCMS Morning Rounds for summaries of all the weekend action.

NCTracks Wants Your Feedback on How They’re Doing

Don’t miss your opportunity to let the folks at NCTracks know how they’re doing by completing the annual provider survey by the Friday, May 24 deadline.

The survey focuses on the aspects of NCTracks that involve direct customer interaction, such as through the Call Center, provider relations, training and communications, as well as functional areas, such as pharmacy prior approval and provider enrollment. The responses should cover interactions for the past year. The survey is anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.

All NCTracks providers are encouraged to respond, the survey should take approximately 10 minutes or less to complete. A link to the survey can be found under Quick Links on the secure NCTracks Provider Portal home page, or link directly to the survey here. Please note there should be only one survey taken per NPI.

Congrats to Durham Orange County Medical Society Healthiest You Team Member!

The Durham Orange County Medical Society (DOCMS), sponsored a team for the Healthiest You Challenge and one of the team members, Lili Engelhardt, won the female category. Lili will receive a year’s membership to the UNC Wellness Center plus $979. The award amount reflects the call numbers of radio station WCHL 97.9 FM, a sponsor of the competition.

The competition took place over the past two months. Eight people were assigned to a coach-led team for the challenge. Each person received points for working toward health goals like reducing their weight, circumference and decreasing blood pressure while learning about good exercise and eating habits, meal planning and proper sleep habits. Prizes were awarded for male and female challengers and the team with the most points.

Thanks DOCMS and congratulations to Lili!

In the News

Why Racial Gaps in Maternal Mortality Persist, NPR, 5-10-19

Learning Opportunity

The NC Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) is presenting a webinar titled “Tools to Identify Waste & Discover Opportunities for Cost Reduction” on Wednesday, May 29 from noon to 1 p.m. Presenter Kari Kalgren, director of K2 Health will offer real world, practical examples and tools to help you identify the actual problem so you can focus your efforts and resources on effectively solving it. Learn more and register.


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