NCMS Morning Rounds 6-8-21

Enjoy your Tuesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

June 8, 2021

Starting this week, your NCMS Morning Rounds has a new editor. Joy Avery will now be putting together the newsletter while Elaine Ellis will continue the overall coordination of NCMS communications and marketing efforts. Please send Joy your story ideas and news items at Thank you!

We hope to see you (virtually) at Thursday’s Durham-Orange County Medical Society (DOCMS) Meeting! June 10 | 6:15-8 pm

Zoom Town Hall With Your Local Legislators featuring NCMS’ Director of Legislative Relations, Sue Ann Forrest, MPA. Also joining Sue Ann will be several local legislators including but not limited to:

  • Senator Natalie Murdock
  • Representative Zack Hawkins
  • Senator Mike Woodard

CME Credit is available for this session.


We’ve arranged for meals to be prepared for our DOCMS members; up to 2 meals per meeting attendee at no cost. Please have your order in by noon on Tuesday, June 8th; Food must be picked up by 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 10. Please make note of any food allergies or restrictions.

Register and/or Place Your Food Order Here.

Be Sure to Update Expiring Credentials

NCTracks continues sending 45- and 60-day notifications of suspension for failure to update expiring credentials (licenses, certifications, and accreditations) through the Provider Message Center Inbox. If the credential is not updated, a reminder notice is sent at 30 calendar days and again at 14 calendar days prior to the expiration of the credential. The final reminder is sent seven calendar days prior to expiration date. In suspension status, claims pend and will not pay.

The provider’s taxonomy code(s) that requires the expiring credential will be terminated on the 61st calendar day following suspension. If the terminated taxonomy represents the only taxonomy for that location or provider record, then the service location or enrollment record will also terminate. Terminated providers must reapply in order to participate in North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs.

For more information, please see NCTracks Changes to Provider Verification Process.

There’s Still Time To Enter The 2021 NCMS Photo Contest!

Now in its lucky 13th year, the NCMS Photo Contest is an annual tradition that has gained national recognition, and we want you to be a part of it! Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2021 contest. Think you have the perfect picture to send in? Check out the rules for submission here.

Deadline to Submit: Friday, July 16, 2021

***Please note: Contest participants are limited to current North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members only (physicians, PAs, residents, and medical students); the NCMS member must be the photographer of the image submitted.***

In the News

With A Souped Up Synthetic Genome, Scientists Make Bacteria Impervious To Viral Attack, STAT, 6-3-21

Learning Opportunity

National Summit Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations, June 29-30, 2021

This summit will highlight how racism operates at different levels in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) settings.

  • Discuss policies, strategies, and practices for confronting systemic racism
  • Identify ways to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM settings
  • Recognize the effect of systemic racism on the careers of individuals belonging to racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the STEMM workforce


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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