NCMS Morning Rounds 6-7-19

  The end of another work week.

Time for your Friday NCMS Morning Rounds.

June 7, 2019

Have You Made the Transition to the New Medicare Card?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards and replaced them with ‘Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). The transition period to move everyone to the new identifiers began in April 2018 and will run through December 2019. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, you must submit Medicare claims using the new MBIs, with few exceptions.

If you are still in the process of making the change or have questions or concerns, CMS offers this comprehensive FAQ document. You also may want to review the one page Understanding the MBI Medicare Learning Network Educational Tool.

Save the Date for the NCMS’ LEAD Health Care Conference

Mark your calendars for Oct. 3-4 when NCMS members will gather in Raleigh for two days of Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery – at the NCMS’ 2nd Annual LEAD Health Care Conference.

A committee of your colleagues is busy putting together an agenda featuring experts presenting on topics that will resonate with you. As always, this is a time to connect with your peers from across the state. Other highlights include the NCMS’ 7th Annual Scientific Poster Session, which will showcase the work of future health care leaders. The ever-popular MEDTalks will be back with our 2019 Leadership Scholars offering findings from their year-long research projects in quick, 10-minute presentations. Traditionally MEDTalks address the most pressing issues facing physicians and PAs and prompt lively and informative discussions.

Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for updates on the opening of registration or check out the LEAD Health Care Conference website. We look forward to seeing you there!

AMA Seeks to Update Physician Data

The American Medical Association (AMA) represents all of America’s physicians regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, color, ethnicity, religion, disability or other characteristics, without discrimination or bias. Understanding the needs of all physicians means collecting vital demographic data.

The AMA’s House of Delegates adopted a new policy that addresses learning more about the physician population, specifically as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity. Having this information means the AMA will be better equipped to meet the specific needs—and better reflect the makeup—of the nation’s increasingly diverse physician community.

The AMA is requesting your help by logging into the AMA Account Management Center to update your personal information. Physician responses to the AMA’s request for this personal information are entirely voluntary and will be kept completely confidential. No physician will be required to provide this information.

Visit the AMA Account Management Center to provide this information as part of your profile.

In the News

This Doctor Is Recruiting An Army of Medical Experts To Drown Out Fake Health News On Instagram and Twitter, CNBC, 6-2-19

Learning Opportunity

NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, is the guest speaker the AMA’s ReachMD podcast. She speaks about value-based care in an episode billed as ‘Defining Value, How to Measure It and Why It Matters: Implications for Your Organization.’ The program is slated to go live today, June 7. You can access this and other podcasts featuring peer-to-peer educational content at the ReachMD website.


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