NCMS Morning Rounds 5-4-21

Here’s is your Tuesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

May 4, 2021

Funding for More Medical Residencies in Rural and Underserved Communities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule last week applicable to inpatient and long-term care hospitals designed to promote access to care, address health care equity disparities, and update certain specified Medicare payment policies and rates.

The proposed rule seeks to address workforce shortages by funding medical residency positions in hospitals in rural and underserved communities. Specifically, the proposed rule would distribute 1,000 additional physician residency slots to qualifying hospitals, including those located in rural areas and those serving areas with a shortage of health care professionals, over five years. Once fully implemented, CMS estimates the additional funding for the new residency slots will total approximately $1.8 billion. Applications from qualifying hospitals serving geographic areas and underserved populations will be prioritized.

In addition, CMS noted its commitment to addressing inequities in health outcomes by improved measurement and analysis of disparities across programs and policies through improved data collection. The proposed rule includes a request for stakeholder input regarding methods to revise current CMS programs to facilitate more comprehensive and actionable reporting. Additional opportunities for stakeholder feedback include comments regarding the potential development of a health equity score measure modeled off the Health Equity Summary Score used for Medicare Advantage contracts/plans and comments regarding further stratification of quality measure results by race, dual eligible status, disability status, LGBTQ+, and socioeconomic status.

CMS issued a press release regarding the proposed rule, and a fact sheet is also available for those interested in a more detailed review.

Call for Applicants: Physicians, PA Needed to serve on NC Medical Board

The Review Panel for the North Carolina Medical Board is now accepting applications for several seats on the Board, for terms beginning Nov. 1, 2021:

* Two seats for a qualified licensed physician
* One seat for a qualified physician assistant, and
* One seat for a qualified nurse practitioner

Completed applications and all supporting documentation must be received at the Review Panel’s offices on or before June 30, 2021 at 4:45 PM. No extensions will be granted. Interviews will be held Aug. 21 (and 22, if needed) in Raleigh. To learn more about what is involved in serving the public and profession as a Board Member, read this letter.

View candidate criteria here.

Don’t Miss This Friday’s Power Hour on Lifestyle Medicine

This week our discussion will focus on Lifestyle Medicine, one of the fastest emerging branches of medicine world-wide as an evidence-based approach to prevent, treat and even reverse chronic disease. Our guests include board certified Lifestyle Medicine physicians as well as scientists who will explore how helping patients embrace healthy behaviors can have a profound impact on health outcomes particularly when it comes to nutrition and phytonutrients in preventing disease.

Learn more and register here for our Power Hour this Friday, May 7 at noon.

In the News

Health Status and Health Care Use Among Adolescents Identified With and Without Autism in Early Childhood, Centers for Disease Control and Prevntion (CDC), 4-30-21

Learning Opportunity

Your Community Needs a New Kind of Emergency Department, May 19 from 2- 3 p.m.
The pandemic amplified some challenges and hastened the impact of others. As you transition to a post-COVID environment, your ED should be designed to respond to the evolving population of patients seeking care at your hospital.

Topics that will be discussed:

• Lessons Sound Physicians has from managing more than 55 EDs through the pandemic
• The changes you need to put in place to serve your community today and tomorrow
• Market forces that will continue to impact your ED for years to come
• The role of patient experience (PX) in driving market share
• How Sound Physicians brings these ideas to life

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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