NCMS Morning Rounds 7-16-21

T.G.I.F! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

July 16, 2021

NCMS Press Release: Physicians and PAs Stress the Importance of COVID-19 Vaccines for Adolescents

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, the NCMS issued a press release concerning the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents.

“The COVID-19 vaccine has proven safe and effective and is largely responsible for the return to normalcy we’ve been experiencing thus far this summer,” said NCMS President Philip Brown, Jr., MD. “It is crucial that anyone 12-years-old and older who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, get vaccinated so they can return to learning and socializing in an environment safe from the virus and beneficial to their intellectual and social development.”

Read the full release here.

CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access

CMS is proposing changes to address the widening gap in health equity highlighted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and to expand patient access to comprehensive care, especially in underserved populations. In CMS’s annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule, the agency is recommending steps that continue the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to strengthen and build upon Medicare by promoting health equity; expanding access to services furnished via telehealth and other telecommunications technologies for behavioral health care; enhancing diabetes prevention programs; and further improving CMS’s quality programs to ensure quality care for Medicare beneficiaries and to create equal opportunities for physicians in both small and large clinical practices.

Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership Still Accepting Applications

The NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) is still accepting applications for its 2022 classes of scholars for its Leadership College and Health Care Leadership and Management programs.

If you would like to learn more about these programs, please submit an interest form (see below) or email Aubrey Cuthbertson at acuthbertson@ncmedsoc.org.

Learn more about the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership and all its programs here.

In the News

Researchers Use Machine Learning to Translate Brain Signals From A Paralyzed Patient Into Text, STAT, 7-174-21

Learning Opportunity

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), July 28th at 1:30pm

The NC Social Isolation Loneliness Elevated Suicide Risk (SILES) team is hosting a can’t-miss webinar! Dr. Laura Shannonhouse, Ph.D., associate professor with the Department of Counseling & Psychology Services at Georgia State University will present about the upcoming Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST).

ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention training program and has seen continuous improvements reflecting advances in counseling theory and adult learning. ASIST participants learn to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help. ASIST has been shown to enhance a caregiver’s ability to help a person avoid suicide.

To learn more, please see the ASIST insert, article, and summary that landed ASIST in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration registry of evidence-based mental health programs.

Zoom link below and here.

Meeting ID: 161 012 9744

Passcode: 387774

 

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