NCMS Morning Rounds 8-27-19

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 NCMS Morning Rounds.

Aug. 27, 2019

Remember: Reach Out on Surprise Billing

Congressional representatives return to Capitol Hill next week, so you still have some time to reach out to them on surprise billing before the end of their summer recess. ‘Surprise billing’ refers to bills patients incur when they access out-of-network emergency care or receive unanticipated out-of-network services at an in-network hospital or facility. Use this tool to send an email or social media message on surprise billing to your representative.

A group of 15 North Carolina physicians met with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-Watauga) last week to discuss this issue with her. She is the Republican leader on the House Education and Labor Committee, which will consider HR3502—Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, a bipartisan proposal also referred to as the Ruiz-Roe bill. The NCMS and our partners at the federal level, The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), support this legislation modeled after New York’s successful law.
Learn more about surprise billing and the proposed legislation.

The group that met with Rep. Foxx included a variety of specialties. NCMS Vice President for Specialty Society Management Services, Alan Skipper, CAE, CMP, who arranged the meeting and accompanied the group to the visit reported that there was a good dialogue and Rep. Foxx has a good understanding of the issue.

“It was a very positive meeting,” he said.

Know How You Can Get Practice Support

NC Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) offer practice support to help you make sense of the many changes underway in how care is delivered in your practice. NC AHEC’s quality improvement coaches offer on-site training and assistance on the tools and systems needed to provide consistent, high-quality care to all patients all the time.

Apply for this support here.

The NC AHEC program began in 1972 to address concerns about supply, distribution and retention of health care professionals in the state. Thanks to federal and state legislative support, there is now a network of nine regional AHECs and the Duke AHEC program. See a map of the AHEC network and the practice support contact for each area.

Help Teens Quit E-Cigarettes

The Truth Initiative is sharing a first-of-its kind e-cigarette quit program to attract more young people. This innovative and free text message program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes.

The program is tailored by age group to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting. The program will also serve as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape.

Youth and young adults can access the new e-cigarette quit program by texting “DITCHJUUL” to 88709. Parents and other adults looking to help young people quit should text “QUIT” to (202) 899-7550.

The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed e-cigarette use among middle schoolers increased by 48 percent and increased by 78 percent among high schoolers in just one year. In addition, the frequency of use among current high school e-cigarette users surged, with nearly 28 percent vaping more than 20 times per month. JUUL, the popular e-cigarette that tripled its market share in just over a year to own three-quarters of the entire market, is driving much of the increase in use.

If you would like flyers and palm cards with information about this program to use in your practice, please email Ann Staples at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) at

In the News

This App Aims to Save New Moms’ Lives, NPR, 8-18-19

Learning – and Networking — Opportunity

Tonight! If you’re a hospitalist or internist and happen to be in the Durham area this evening, join the Triangle Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine and NC American College of Physicians for the first ever Triangle Hospitalists Summer Social. The group will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending, 4913 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713, for free drinks and hors d’oeuvres, raffles and prizes.


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