NCMS Morning Rounds 6-11-19

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NCMS Morning Rounds.

 June 11, 2019

NC AMA Delegation at Annual Meeting

The North Carolina American Medical Association (AMA) delegation, along with several NCMS staff members and medical students from North Carolina medical schools, are in Chicago, June 8-12, to attend the AMA’s Annual meeting where the association’s officers are elected and policy that impacts physicians throughout the country will be set.

Over the course of the 4-day meeting, AMA delegates offer testimony on more than 200 reports and resolutions up for consideration. The physician delegates draw on their expertise, the best evidence in the medical and health policy literature and the insights of their state and medical specialty societies to weigh in on proposals that run the gamut of issues affecting patients and physicians.

Watch this short video to learn more about how AMA policy is made.

You can follow the highlights of the meeting, which often are covered in the general media as well, at the AMA’s Annual Meeting website. Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for a summary of the NC Delegation’s work later this week.

North Carolina: An Innovative Case Study in Paying for Health

NCMS Senior VP for Health System Innovation and Deputy General Counsel Melanie Phelps, JD, is participating today in a panel discussion at the d.Health Summit in Boston titled ‘Paying for Health: A Case Study in How North Carolina is Investing in Social Determinants of Health.’

The d.Health Summit, now in its fifth year, brings together a variety of experts and stakeholders to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration, thought leadership and new partnerships to improve the lives of the nation’s aging population. This year’s keynote speaker is Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus & Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Melanie will be joined by fellow panelists Kevin Biese MD, MAT, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, UNC School of Medicine; Amanda Gerlach JD, MPA, Executive Director, Mission Health Partners and Mark Gwynne DO, President, UNC Health Alliance and UNC Senior Alliance. They will speak about how North Carolina is addressing social determinants of health such as access to food, housing and transportation and their impact as the main drivers of health outcomes with the goal of lowering costs and improving health.

NCMS Staff Had a Busy Weekend

In addition to those senior staff members attending the AMA meeting in Chicago, several other NCMS staffers were busy over the weekend.

Kanof Institute of Physician Leadership (KIPL) staff Kristina Natt och Dag, Ph.D and Aubrey Cuthbertson led physicians from the NC Psychiatric Association through a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of their organization on Saturday morning.

Before heading out to the AMA meeting, NCMS Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Stephen Keene, MBA, JD, met with members of the Scope Anesthesia team in Charlotte on Saturday to speak generally about NCMS initiatives. Steve and Assistant Director of Legislative Relations Sue Ann Forrest, MPA, gave the group a legislative update.

In the News

NC Becomes First State to Sue Vaping Giant, CNN, 5-28-19

Learning Opportunity

The 2019 NC Community Health Center Association Primary Care Conference will be held June 26-28 in Asheville. This conference brings together Community Health Center staff and other health care organizations dedicated to increasing access to care to the medically-underserved and uninsured of North Carolina. Through workshops and networking, this event provides an opportunity to explore new ideas, discover innovative strategies, and gain relevant training that contributes to improving health care delivery for North Carolina residents. Learn more and register.



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