NCMS Morning Rounds 7-30-19

Happy Tuesday! Here’s your

 NCMS Morning Rounds.

July 30, 2019

Registration Open for the LEAD Health Care Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn, educate, advocate and discover at the 2019 LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 3-4 in Raleigh. Registration is open, so lock in your reservation today right here.

The theme this year is ‘Personal Journeys in Health Care.’ Colleagues and experts in a variety of areas from physician wellness to disaster preparedness will share their knowledge and stories. A few highlights include:

  • Michael Dulin, MD, PhD, a nationally recognized leader in health information technology and the application of analytics and outcomes research will share what the data can tell us about improving care delivery and advancing population health for all North Carolinians. Dr. Dulin is just one of many experts who will be speaking on a variety of topics.
  • A panel of your colleagues will share how the opioid abuse epidemic has impacted their particular specialty and how they are coping with the challenges of opioid prescribing and abuse.
  • A diverse group of your peers will discuss their personal health care journeys in dealing with timely issues like the move to value, telemedicine, using social media to build their professional brand and how to be an effective advocate for your profession.
  • And much more.

View the full agenda for this valuable gathering and register today!

NCMS Board of Directors Meet

Carolina Complete Health CEO Chris Paterson debriefs NCMS Board members last weekend in Blowing Rock.

Your NCMS Board of Directors met last weekend to address the regular business of the society and to discuss the financial and membership strategies and other initiatives to continue the NCMS’ legacy to North Carolina’s physician community.

The Board received a detailed update on the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care and the NCMS’ part in that transformation. NCMS Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Stephen Keene, JD, MBA gave Board members a comprehensive history of the state’s decision to move its Medicaid program to managed care as well as how the transformation process has progressed thus far. Some members joined the Board since the NCMS partnered with Centene Corporation and the NC Community Health Center Association in a joint venture called Carolina Complete Health (CCH) and Carolina Complete Health Network (CCHN) to provide a physician-led alternative for Medicaid managed care in the state.

CCH CEO Chris Paterson also addressed the Board introducing the health plan’s leadership and structure and its readiness to begin serving Medicaid beneficiaries in the state.

At this time, the state intends to begin the roll out of the new system as planned in phases beginning Nov. 1, 2019 in the regions that encompass the Triangle and Triad. While CCH and CCHN are ready to begin operations in November as well, the state gave CCH/CCHN regions three and five that extend from the areas around Charlotte to the coast, which are scheduled to ‘go live’ in February 2020. See the region map and roll out schedule. Many factors could impact both the date of the roll out as well as the regions covered by CCH/CCHN.

Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for more information on the NCMS’ and CCH/CCHN’s part in this massive change for the state and how you can be part of it.

The Board of Directors will meet again at the LEAD Health Care Conference in Raleigh on Oct. 3-4 where you will have an opportunity to meet them both casually at the social and networking events as well as more formally at the NCMS’ Annual Business Meeting forum, where you can bring your questions and suggestions directly to your medical society leadership. Review the LEAD Conference agenda and register today!

NCMS’ Seligson on the Radio

NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA, recently addressed the issues around the consolidation of independent physician practices and the trend toward physician employment on WUNC 91.5 radio, the NPR affiliate serving the Triangle area and to the east.

Reporter Jason DeBruyn quoted Seligson in the text accompanying his feature on the topic. Read the piece titled ‘Independent Physicians Feel the Pressure as Hospital Owned Practices Continue to Grow.’ Included in this article is audio of an interview with Avance Primary Care’s CFO Levi Boyd on how and why his practice remains independent.

In the News

On a Mission to Help People Control Diabetes – and Save Money on Insulin, Kaiser Health News, 7-25-19

Learning Opportunity

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) continues its series of webinars to help practices make the transition to Medicaid managed care. You can access information about the upcoming sessions as well as listen to past trainings here.


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