NCMS Morning Rounds 6-9-21

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June 9, 2021

Call for Nominations: NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees


The call for nominations for individuals to serve on the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees

is now open. Nominations are due by August 30, 2021 (view NCMS Foundation Candidate Application Form).

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation (NCMSF) is the philanthropic arm of the North Carolina Medical Society. The mission of the NCMSF is to improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians. Our portfolio of programs demonstrates our commitment to this vision. Learn more about each of these programs here.

Those who serve on the NCMS Foundation’s Board of Trustees have general experience with and understanding of a philanthropic, 501c3 organization. Trustees are willing and able to articulate the purpose of each of the Foundation’s initiatives, and, ideally, will be able to offer details about their firsthand experience with a particular NCMS Foundation program and the value it brings to the profession and to North Carolina. Knowledge about the challenge’s health care professionals and their patients face and a desire to be innovative and collaborative in finding solutions is essential to this role. Fundraising ability also is crucial to fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of improving access to quality health care for everyone in the state.

In 2021, the NCMS Foundation will be filling the following leadership positions:

Trustee: Up to four (4) Trustees to serve three-year terms.


Step 1: Candidates are nominated or may nominate themselves for a position on the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees (view NCMS Foundation Candidate Application Form).

Step 2: Once a candidate submits their application form, they will receive a confirmation and be made aware of any follow-up needed.

Step 3: Upon careful review of submitted materials, the NCMS Foundation Board Development Committee will select candidates to be interviewed. Interviews will take place via videoconference on September 14, 2021.

Step 4: Following candidate interviews, the NCMS Foundation Board Development Committee will vote to select candidate(s) to fill open leadership positions. The NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees will approve the slate of candidates at its next board meeting.

All nominations and any information collected as part of the nominating process is strictly confidential.

North Carolina Medical Group Management Association Names Michael Icenhour, CMPE, 2021 Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to Michael Icenhour, CMPE, Chief Operating Officer of Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA), who was named the 2021 NCMGMA Administrator of the Year. The award was presented by Curi during the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association’s (NCMGMA) Annual Conference reception on Thursday, May 20th. The event was held at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.

The Administrator of the Year award honors a medical practice administrator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management proficiency, and who has helped enhance the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in North Carolina. Sponsored by Curi, the Administrator of the Year Award also provides the recipient with a stipend for continuing education at a state or national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) meeting.

Proposed Rule Actions

The North Carolina Commission for Public Health (CPH) is proposing to permanently adopt rule 10A NCAC 41A .0107 to require healthcare providers and laboratories to report all COVID-19 diagnostic test results, both positive and negative, to public health officials. This rule was previously adopted under emergency and temporary rulemaking. However, this permanent adoption is needed to ensure that these reporting requirements do not expire from the administrative code. CPH has submitted notice of its intent to adopt this rule to the NC Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

The proposed rule is expected to have an impact on state funds and the private sector, which in aggregate is estimated to constitute a substantial economic impact. The proposed rule is expected to have little to no impact on local government.

The notice of text may be found at OAH’s website . The text of the proposed rule and fiscal note may be found on the CPH’s website.

A public hearing on the rule is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm. The public hearing will be held by teleconference. You may participate in the public hearing by dialing 919-715-0769. No access code is required.

CPH is accepting public comments on the proposed rule and fiscal note from June 1, 2021 through August 2, 2021. You may submit comments by email to or by mail to Virginia Niehaus, Rulemaking Coordinator, Commission for Public Health, 1931 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1931. Comments will also be accepted at the public hearing. The proposed effective date of this rule is October 1, 2021.

Should you have questions related to the proposed rule or the fiscal note, please contact Dr. Zack Moore, Epidemiology Section Chief, Division of Public Health at 919-546-1725.

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 Learning Opportunity

A Qualitative Study of Local Health Department Programs to Prevent Opioid Overdose in North Carolina, Monday, June 21, 2021—1:30 PM-3:30 PM EDT

In 2018, NC DPH IVPB funded 22 NC local health departments and districts (LHD) to advance one or more strategies identified in NC’s Opioid Action Plan:

(1) Establish or expand syringe services programs (SSPs);

(2) Connect justice-involved persons to harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services; and

(3) Establish post-overdose response teams (PORTs).

In 2019, the IVPB partnered with the Duke Opioid Collaboratory to document, learn from, and showcase these efforts. During this webinar, we will present findings, informed by interviews with over 70 leaders across the state working in harm reduction, public health, law enforcement and EMS. We will share lessons learned and key takeaways from established and emerging programs under each strategy.

Join Zoom Meeting here.

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