NCMS Morning Rounds 6-12-19

Enjoy your Wednesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

 June 12, 2019

NCMS’ LEAD Conference Examines “The Health of North Carolinians”

The NCMS’ upcoming 2nd Annual LEAD Health Care Conference will kick off with two engaging speakers who will set the foundation for the rest of the meeting. Michael Dulin, MD, PhD, will speak about “The Health of North Carolinians,” and Deepak Palakshappa, MD, will present on what physicians need to know about food insecurity.

Dr. Dulin, a professor and director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will review recent statistics, population health needs and innovations in the state. The Academy Dr. Dulin leads is a unique collaboration between the Mecklenburg County Health Department and UNC Charlotte. His research has focused on improving access to and quality of services for vulnerable populations with the goal of ameliorating health disparities.

Dr. Palakshappa, a pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Wake Forest Baptist Health, will outline what physicians in North Carolina need to know about food insecurity. Dr. Palakshappa has published numerous articles on screening for food insecurity in pediatric and general primary care settings.

The NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference will be held Oct. 3-4 in Raleigh with Drs. Dulin’s and Palakshappa’s opening sessions beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. Be sure to mark your calendar and watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for details on other speakers and the opening of registration.

June is Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. With the help of the Congressional Health Education Program, the month is celebrate nationwide with screenings, health fairs and other health education and outreach.

The Men’s Health Month website has a tool kit and other resources to help you educate your patients and your community about men’s health. Access more information here.

NCMS Urges Further Refinements to MACRA

The NCMS has joined with other state medical and specialty societies and the AMA to urge Congress to make further improvements to the MACRA legislation. In a letter to US House and Senate leadership, dozens of organizations call for replacing the 2020-2025 physician payment update freeze with positive payment adjustments for physicians, extending the Advanced APM bonus payments for an additional six years and implementing several additional technical improvements to MACRA.

Read the letter.

In the News

People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health and Educational Success, NPR, 6-3-19

Learning Opportunity

Here is a book you may find interesting: Code Blue: Inside America’s Medical Industrial Complex. Author Mike Magee, MD examines what he bills as the often shocking rise of, and connectivity between, the pillars of our health system—Big Pharma, insurance companies, hospitals, the American Medical Association and anyone affiliated with them. With an eye first and foremost on the bottom line rather than on the nation’s health, each sector has for decades embraced cure over care, aiming to conquer disease rather than concentrate on the cultural and social factors that determine health. This decision Magee calls the “original sin” of our health system. Learn more about Magee.

If you have a health care related book you’d like to suggest – or review – for your NCMS colleagues, please contact NCMS Morning Rounds editor, Elaine Ellis.



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