NCMS Morning Rounds 6-10-19

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Monday NCMS Morning Rounds.

 June 10, 2019

NCMS Weekly Legislative Update

Several bills of  importance to NCMS members generated discussion and action this week at the NC General Assembly, including:

HB 602/SB 359 — Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection ActAs you’ve probably already seen in the many media reports, the NC House was unsuccessful in overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of this controversial bill last week.

HB 212/SB 151 — Break or Enter Pharmacy/ Increase Penalty generated some good discussion in the House Judiciary Committee last week with legislators debating the merits of addressing the issue of opioid abuse through investment in treatment options vs. criminalizing behaviors associated with such abuse. The conversation will continue as the proposal currently sits in both the House and Senate Rules Committees.

HB 548/SB 574 — Modify Physical Therapy Definition. This bill, which would change the definition of physical therapy to exclude chiropractice care and include manipulation of the spine without a physician’s prescription, has passed the House and made it through the Senate Health Committee last week. Now the Senate Rules Committee will consider this change.

HB 228/SB 178 — Modernize NC Medical Board Laws, which makes a number of technical changes and language updates as well as clearly outlining the duties around reporting sexual misconduct, is proceeding through House and Senate committees.

As the General Assembly works toward ending the session the first part of July, there are still a few weeks left for you to speak with your legislators as they are at work in Raleigh. Sign up for White Coat Wednesday, or contact Assistant Director of Legislative Relations Sue Ann Forrest to arrange another day to visit. Your presence at the General Assembly makes a big impact as you educate and advocate for your profession with your elected officials.

New NCMS Policy Committee Seeks Members

(Note:This is a repeat of an earlier article, which was missing the link to the committee charter — now linked below)

In the past, the NCMS House of Delegates developed and adopted policies to guide the Society’s work. Since our governance changed in 2016, the NCMS Board of Directors have been responsible for reviewing old policies and establishing new ones. Recognizing the need for broader member input and discussion, the Board is establishing a new NCMS Policy Committee to provide policy direction to the Board of Directors consistent with our mission.

We are seeking NCMS members willing to serve on this committee. Please review the committee charter, which outlines the responsibilities in more detail. The committee will likely meet in person in Raleigh two to three times a year for two to three hours. The first meeting will be in August 2019.

If you would like to be considered for service on this important committee, please send your curriculum vitae and the answers to the following questions to NCMS Director of Health System Innovation Kristen Spaduzzi at The deadline to apply is June 14.

Please respond to the following questions as part of your application:
1. Why are you interested in serving on the Policy Committee?
2. What attributes will you bring to the committee to help ensure successful policy development?

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kristen at the above email or Senior VP, Health System Innovation and Deputy General Counsel Melanie Phelps at You also may call 919-833-3836 and ask to speak to Kristen or Melanie.

Dr. Bruch Honored with Distinguished Ambassador Award

NCMS Past President and longtime active member in many leadership capacities, Richard F. Bruch, MD, received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) coveted Distinguished Congressional Ambassador Award last Thursday at the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Bruch received the award for “his dedication to health policy initiatives at both the state and federal level to preserve the independent practice of medicine, its ability to provide better quality medical care, lower prices, better patient satisfaction, and for his relationships with key policy makers.”

Congratulations, Dr. Bruch!

In the News

Is It Time to Ditch the Name ‘Physician Assistant?’ The Advisory Board Forum, 5-31-19

Learning Opportunity

This month’s NCMS Foundation and the NC Medical Group Management Association Lunch & Learn Webinar will feature Yun Boylston, MD, speaking on the topic ‘Burnout: Moving Beyond Self-Care to Actionable Organizational Change,’ on Tuesday, June 18 from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Boylston is a pediatrician at Burlington / Mebane Pediatrics in Alamance County. In her role as Managing Partner, she founded the practice’s Wellness Program. As a business dedicated to its employees, Burlington Pediatrics was designated as a 2016 Best Places to Work by the Triad Business Journal. Learn more and register for this free webinar.


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