NCMS Morning Rounds 5-21-19

Happy Tuesday!

Here’s your NCMS Morning Rounds!

NCMS Does Have a Policy on CON

At its meeting over the weekend, the NCMS Board of Directors reaffirmed its policy around certificate of need (CON). Several pieces of legislation regarding CON have been introduced at the General Assembly this session, and the Board wanted to be sure the NCMS’ policy is clear. Read the NCMS’ official policy on CON.

In 2013, the NCMS Board of Directors accepted the recommendations of its Surgical Facility Task Force, which was made up of representatives of 16 physician specialties and met for over a year. The group was charged with making recommendations “to address and resolve pending controversies within the medical community related to the regulation of surgical facilities in North Carolina.” While the controversies continue today, the task force was able to reach consensus on seven points. Read the consensus findings on the second page of this document.

With perhaps heated debate at the General Assembly likely, the NCMS wanted to remind legislators that while they may hear about areas physicians and PAs disagree, there are at least seven areas where they agree about CON.

2019 Leadership College Scholars Dig Deep

Dr. Harvey Estes and Dr. Eugenie Komives (left, seated) share their leadership experiences with Leadership College scholars.

Last weekend the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s (KIPL) 2019 class of Leadership College scholars met at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill to deeply reflect on their personal journey toward leadership and how that history impacts how to be an authentic leader. Beyond the intense self-reflection required by that exercise, the scholars also had to move out of their comfort zones and speak on camera as part of the media training portion of the program.

Other sessions over the weekend included Leadership College alumni and others speaking about their experiences as health care leaders and a presentation on using social media for professional and practice benefit.

The NCMS Foundation’s Leadership College is a year-long, project-based leadership development program, which culminates with each scholar presenting their project through a MedTalk at the NCMS’ LEAD Conference Oct. 3-4 in Raleigh. All conference attendees are invited to the MedTalks, which often address timely issues faced by many physicians and PAs. See videos of past MedTalks.

Applications are being accepted for 2020 KIPL courses like Leadership College and Health Care Leadership and Management. Learn more and apply.

Dr. Reeder’s Radio Interview Airs

The Your Health Radio interview with NCMS President Timothy J. Reeder, MD, MPH, FACEP aired several times over the weekend and this evening at 6 p.m. on WCHL 97.9 FM and KKAG 88.3 FM in the Triangle area. Anyone outside of that listening area can tune in starting tomorrow by visiting the Your Health Radio website.

The show’s host, Adam Goldstein, MD, spoke with Dr. Reeder about ‘a vision for health care in North Carolina and beyond.’ Dr. Reeder touches on NCMS initiatives like Project OBOT to address the opioid abuse epidemic as well as urban and rural health care disparities among other issues in the 40 minute broadcast.

Your Health Radio is produced in Chapel Hill by the University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine. It is nationally syndicated and reaches about 100,000 nationwide.

In the News

Does America Have a Physician Shortage or Are Our Doctors ‘Just Bad at Managing Time,’ The Advisory Board Forum, 5-14-19

Learning Opportunity

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a webinar overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the improvement activities underway on Thursday, May 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more and register.



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