NCMS Morning Rounds 7-31-19

Here’s July’s final NCMS Morning Rounds.

July 31, 2019

Ta-Da! Announcing the NCMS Photo Contest Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s NCMS Photo Contest. The winning photos will be revealed in the 2020 NCMS calendar to be published this fall.

This year’s contest had a record number of submissions – nearly 80 – with eight new photographers participating. The NCMS staff and visual arts judges selected the winning photos to be featured on the calendar cover and each month throughout 2020. The panel also chose 15 semi-finalists and 27 honorable mentions.

Congratulations to all the talented NCMS photographers!

Overall Winner:
Kathryn McConnell Greven, MD, FASTRO – “Yellowstone Alpha Female and Alpha Male”

Nature Category:
• Winner: Karl S. Chiang, MD – “River of Fire”
• Finalists: Charles H. Classen, Jr., MD – “Pollinating Bees” and Vikas J. Patel, MD – “Black Pebble Beach”

North Carolina Category:
• Winner: Craig M. Greven, MD – “Snowy Morning at the Linn Cove Viaduct”
• Finalists: Jeffrey L. Coston, DO – “Chihuly Glass at Biltmore Estate” and Arnold C. Olegario, MD – “Barn”

Travel Category:
• Winner: Robert M. Varnell, MD – “The Standing Stones of Stenness after a Summer Rain”
• Finalists: Hampton A. Howell, MD – “Art of the Microbes” and Rodger D. Israel, MD, MPH – “Patagonia Sunrise”

Wildlife Category:
• Winner: P. Mark Gallerani, MD – “Lilac-Breasted Roller”
• Finalists: Memory E. Dossenbach, PA-C – “Female Bluebird Making Her Approach” and Cynthia M. Gary, PA-C – “A King Quietly Admires His African Dreamland”

Surprise Billing Conversations During August Recess

With your US Congressional representatives back in their home districts during the August recess, it is the perfect time to schedule a meeting with them to discuss the surprise billing proposals being considered on Capitol Hill. Many legislators also schedule town hall forums and listening sessions during this month — another opportunity for you to speak out. Use the Town Hall Project website to see what your representatives have scheduled.

To help you with these conversations the AMA and the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) have background information and talking points you can use.

This issue will be taken up again after the recess, so now is the time to make your voice heard and to educate lawmakers on how surprise bills impact your patients and your practice.

NCMS Life Member Featured in Local News

NCMS life member A. Tyson Jennette, MD, a Wilson orthopedist, was featured in his local newspaper, The Wilson Times, upon his retirement after 60 years in practice.

Jennette, who joined the NCMS in 1965, estimates he’s done about 6,000 knee replacement surgeries during his career.

Read the article about Dr. Jennette.

In the News

How a First-of-Its-Kind Bi-partisan Bill Would Address Social Determinants, The Advisory Board Forum, 7-29-19

Learning Opportunity

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Conference 2019, Sept. 23-25 in Chicago is your opportunity to learn about innovations in physician assessment, learning and improvement. Join more than 500 professionals from across the health care community who will accelerate the transformation of Board Certification and the delivery of quality patient care. Learn more.

Register by the end of the day today to get the early registration discount.


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