NCMS Morning Rounds 8-28-19

Halfway through the week already!

Here is your Wednesday NCMS Morning Rounds.

Aug. 28, 2019

Want to Help During A Disaster? Get Prepared Now!

Just about a year ago as Hurricane Florence hit, we had an outpouring of support among NCMS members ready to go where needed to provide necessary medical care to those impacted by the storm. This year, we are trying to be proactive to make sure we can effectively leverage this generous offer of help by partnering with the proper agencies to ensure volunteers go where they are most needed and are properly trained for such conditions.

If you are interested in providing your skills during a disaster, here are several important resources and trainings to access before your help is needed:

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program is a federally supported initiative through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) serves as the lead agency for management and support of established Medical Reserve Corps organizations in the state. North Carolina has MRC Units housed in local health departments and within the eight regional Health Care Coalitions. These coalitions are partnerships between EMS, hospitals, public health and a variety of other stakeholder groups in a region. See the map of the regional coalitions.

Throughout the year the coalitions offer MRC trainings and orientations. You may locate contact information and a list of events by clicking on your region on this interactive map.

For instance, in the triangle area, the Capital Medical Reserve Corps is offering an orientation training on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Garner. Learn more.

If you work for a health system, you may be aware of the hospital’s role as part of the State Medical Response System if it is a level I or level II trauma center. Trainings are available through this system to become part of the State Medical Assistance Team to respond in a natural disaster. Learn more.

The organizing entity for responding to disasters where physicians and physician assistants are needed is the state’s Healthcare Preparedness Program, managed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Emergency Medical Services. The program uses the eight regional health care coalitions to “facilitate and support local and regional partners in developing the following capabilities: foundation for health care and medical readiness, health care and medical response coordination, continuity of health care service delivery and medical surge.”

Learn more about the state’s Healthcare Preparedness Program and how you might get involved.

Children Actually Happy About Getting a Shot

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Self magazine teamed up to take photos of people getting vaccinated and looking happy about it, in an effort to counter vaccine hesitancy. Some older stock photos used in publications pictured children looking scared or flinching as they were shot with a big needle, often not an accurate depiction of syringes used to vaccinate.

“[W]e want [parents] to have access to accurate information and depictions of immunizations,” AAP President Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP said. “As a pediatrician, I know that vaccines are one of the most remarkable, life-saving medical advances of our time. These photos will help to convey that message,”

The new images are medically accurate, and feature a diverse group of people, including friendly — and real — physicians and smiling patients. Self held the photo shoot, and AAP pediatricians served as consultants.

The photos are available for free to anyone who wishes to use them. Download them here.

Becoming an Independent Practice Again

In a Business of Healthcare (BOH) interview, K. Dale Owen, Jr., MD, CEO and cardiologist with Tryon Medical Partners, describes his practice’s experience in separating from a large health system and becoming independent again.

The interview titled, “Can Physicians Fix Health Care by Becoming Independent Again?” may be watched as a video or listened to as a podcast. The BOH interview series is sponsored by the NC Medical Group Management Association and Mako Laboratories.

Watch or listen here.

In the News

Is Cancer a ‘Battle’? Is Your Patient a ‘Fighter’? Here’s Why War Metaphors May Backfire, The Advisory Board Forum, 8-16-19

Learning Opportunity

The Governor’s Institute is presenting Addiction Medicine Essentials on Oct. 4-5 in Durham. If you work in primary care of behavioral health this is an opportunity to learn addiction medicine basics from leading experts in the field. Learn more and register.


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