NCMS Morning Rounds 5-5-21

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

May 5, 2021

Don’t forget tonight’s webinar on the NCMS’ Medical Team Task Force. Tune in at 6 p.m. when the Task Force’s chair, Robert ‘Charlie’ Monteiro, MD, will recount the group’s deliberations over the past several years as well as pending legislation currently before the NC General Assembly on PA team-based practice. Learn more and register here for this enlightening conversation.

Scam Alert: NC Medical Board Captures Audio of Scammer in Action

The latest MedBoard Matters podcast, host Jean Fisher Brinkley speaks with the NC Medical Board’s Chief Investigative Officer, Pat Berckmiller, about scams that target physicians and PAs and how to spot a suspicious call as well as what to do if you receive one.

In an interesting twist, a scammer claiming to be an investigator from the State Medical Board of NC called the NC Medical Board and a Board staffer was able to record the call. Snippets of that conversation are included in this podcast to illustrate how scammers operate.

Listen and learn how to avoid scams aimed at medical professionals here.

Commercial/State Authorization Phone Line to Close Noon to 1 p.m.

Effective until June 21, 2021, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) Commercial/State Prior Authorization phone lines will close each day from noon to 1 pm to allow Blue Cross NC to ensure they maintain availability during their peak times.

Providers attempting to reach the Commercial/State Prior Authorization phone line can call 1-800-672-7897.

Providers can leave a message or call back into the line by calling 1-800-672-7892.

This update is for Commercial/State Prior Authorization phone lines only.

In Memoriam: Jesse H. Meredith, MD

NCMS life member Jesse H. Meredith, MD, of Winston-Salem died on April 27, 2021, at the age of 98. Dr. Meredith is remembered fondly by many of his NCMS colleagues and those he worked with over his long and illustrious career as a surgeon, innovator and teacher at Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Dr. Meredith was born in Fancy Gap, Virginia and loved the Appalachian Mountains and the people of the region and often returned there. Longtime NCMS colleagues Elizabeth Kanof, MD, and Carolyn Ferree, MD remembered the story of Dr. Meredith, his belongings in a cardboard box, hitching a ride from the mountains to Elon University where he was admitted as an undergrad without even having submitted an application.

“He was a wonderful, sweet man and such a loss,” said Dr. Ferree.

Dr. Meredith served in World War II as a mechanic and glider trooper. When the war ended, he first pursued a career in engineering, and then medicine. He graduated from The Case Western School of Medicine, and went on to Bellevue Hospital in New York, before beginning his 41-year career as a surgeon, teacher and mentor to several generations of surgeons at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Meredith was known and respected for being a pioneer in medicine. Among many other accomplishments at Wake Forest, he developed and ran the first institutional department of biomedical engineering in the country and organized the first EMT course in the state. He was a clinical innovator for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He designed and ran the first burn unit, started the transplant program and the bariatric surgery program.

In 1965, he led the surgical team that was the first in the nation to successfully reattach a completely severed human hand. In 2018, a Winston-Salem television station aired a story on the reunion of Dr. Meredith with the patient whose hand he helped to reattach. Watch the clip here.

Dr. Meredith received many awards, among them the Ron Levine Award for his service to public health in North Carolina, and the North Carolina Award for Public Service, the highest award given by the state. In 2011, the American Medical Association presented him with its highest honor, The Distinguished Service Award.

Beyond his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Meredith was regarded affectionately by many, who called him ‘Old Dad,’ and loved his many stories as well as his fiddling with his all-physician Old Time Bluegrass band, The Stringy Docs.

Read Dr. Meredith’s full obituary here.

We extend our sincere sympathies to Dr. Meredith’s family, many friends and colleagues.

In the News

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe, The New York Times, 5-3-21

Learning Opportunity

Teletown Hall: New CMS Health Information Exchange Bi-Directional Exchange Measure, May 26 at noon.

In this webinar, Practice Consultant Terri Roberts from Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), will discuss:
• the new QPP/MIPS measure;
• its meaningfulness to practices; and
• how NC HealthConnex can help with attestation.
Measure: Health Information Exchange (HIE) Bi-Directional Exchange
• The MIPS eligible clinician or group must attest that they engage in bi-directional exchange with an HIE to support transitions of care.
Who Should Attend:
• Practice Managers/Administrators
NC HealthConnex Participant Account Administrators

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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