NCMS Morning Rounds 5-3-19

 It’s the end of another week.

Here’s your last NCMS Morning Rounds until Monday.

Final Warning: Today is ‘Drop Day’

For those of you who have not renewed your NCMS membership for 2019, today at noon you will be dropped from our membership rolls and will no longer have access to NCMS benefits. If this is in error, please renew now.

The NCMS Supports NC MedAssist

Yesterday NC MedAssist held their Executive Luncheon at the Raleigh Convention Center where hundreds of health care stakeholders, including a contingent from the NCMS, gathered to learn and be inspired by how this organization helps those not able to afford needed medications.

Through its Free Pharmacy Program and over-the-counter medicine free store as well as other community-based volunteer initiatives, NC MedAssist served nearly 16,000 patients in the state in 2018 providing $63.5 million worth of prescription medication last year. Because people who may not otherwise be able to afford the medication they need are able to get their prescription filled through NC MedAssist, it’s estimated that NC MedAssist saves North Carolina $56 million annually in health care costs. Learn more about NC MedAssist’s work.

The ties between the NCMS and MedAssist go back to its founding in 1997 through the efforts of the Mecklenburg Medical Society Alliance and NCMS leaders in the area like Darlyne Menscer, MD, and Janice Huff, MD among others. NCMS staff like Senior VP for Health System Innovation and Deputy General Counsel Melanie Phelps, JD, was on the planning committee for yesterday’s luncheon and has served in other leadership capacities for NC MedAssist. NCMS staff regularly volunteer for NC MedAssist events.

The luncheon attendees also heard the inspirational story of Reverend Richard Joyner, founder and executive director of the Conetoe Family Life Center, which works with young people in the community to plant, harvest and sell healthy produce – previously a scarce commodity in tiny Conetoe where many families suffered from chronic health conditions due to food insecurity. Rev. Joyner’s initiative is a prime example of meeting the unmet social needs that often impact the health of a community.

‘The Big Cheese’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary with NCMS

NCMS Executive Vice President and CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA, affectionately known as ‘the Big Cheese,’ celebrated his 25th anniversary with the NCMS yesterday with a surprise afternoon staff gathering and ‘mini-cupcake toast.’

Bob reminisced about his first hire – NCMS COO and General Counsel Stephen W. Keene, JD, MBA – and the two current staff people who were already with the NCMS when Bob arrived 25 years ago (i.e. Director of Communication and Marketing Garry Linton and Assistant Director of Business Operations Kelly Wilson).

Happy Anniversary ‘Big Cheese!’

In the News

137 million Americans Face Hardship Paying for Medical Care, STAT/Journal of General Internal Medicine, 5-2-19

Learning Opportunity

Join the NCMS Foundation and the NC Medical Group Management Association for the monthly Lunch & Learn Webinar on Tuesday, May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. This month’s topic will be ‘Navigating the Quality Payment Program.’ The presentation will provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program and its two pathways: MIPS and Advanced APMs. This will include details on the MIPS categories, participation eligibility and exemptions, reporting mechanisms, as well as Advanced APM participation criteria and options. Register now.



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