NCMS Morning Rounds 8-17-21

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

August 17, 2021

NC Professionals Health Program (NCPHP) Call for Nominees

The NCMS has an opportunity to appoint a new member to the NC Professionals Health Program (NCPHP) Board of Directors. Learn more about responsibilities of NCPHP Board members.

Since 1988, NCPHP has been dedicated to helping medical professionals experience a lifetime of change and return to health. NCPHP assists with recovery from substance use disorders and other conditions that could impair a clinician’s ability to safely provide care and services to their patients.

NCPHP originated as a physicians’ health committee of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). In 1988, it was established as a formal program of the NCMS and written into the North Carolina General Statutes. To learn more about the important work of this organization, visit the NCPHP website.

Physicians interested in an NCPHP Board position should complete the application form and return it to Evan Simmons, by Wednesday, August 18.

NCMS Member Town Hall Survey Debut

To help us understand what issues you and your patients face today, we are starting a monthly NCMS member survey. By answering the three questions in our NCMS Town Hall Survey each month, we will have another source of insight into your current challenges, which we can then work together – and with other health care stakeholders – to address. We also will use these surveys as the starting point for discussion in our upcoming member Town Hall forums. We are in the process of planning these get-togethers (initially as virtual gatherings) as a way to discuss key issues among your colleagues.

Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for more details on the live forums and please complete your NCMS Town Hall Survey now. This month’s survey will close at 5 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 20. We will report the results in next Tuesday’s NCMS Morning Rounds.

Take the survey.

Prior Authorization for Physician Administered Drug Program

Medications administered at the clinician’s office or outpatient hospital clinic settings and billed as part of the professional claim (Physician Administered Drug Program) do NOT require Prior Authorization (PA) for either NC Medicaid Direct or NC Medicaid Managed Care health plans. Individual drug billing guidelines should be followed as found on the Medicaid website. Completing a PA will not ensure payment of the drug.

In the News

As Children’s COVID Cases Surge, There’s Another Virus On The Rise, NPR, 8-14-21

Learning Opportunity

Channeling the Potential of AI to Advance Health Equity, August 18, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Join the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Leadership Consortium Digital Health Action Collaborative and Culture Inclusion & Equity Action Collaborative to launch a discussion around key principles for the development, deployment, utilization and maintenance of AI tools to realize their transformative potential in achieving equitable health for all populations and avoiding harm. This meeting will seek to begin to answer the following questions:

  • How do we realize the potential of AI in achieving equitable health for all populations?
  • What are the most commonly encountered situations or scenarios that pose a risk of generating a biased AI model? What factors contribute to the disparities in the development, use, and uptake of AI-enabled tools?
  • How can key stakeholders build, train, use and evaluate AI-driven health interventions in a way that supports equity? What are promising examples of AI tools to support equity? How can we leverage the transformative potential of this emerging technology?

Learn more and 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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