NCMS Morning Rounds 8-6-19

Happy Tuesday!

Here’s your NCMS Morning Rounds.

Aug. 6, 2019


Comment on NC Medical Board’s Statement on Innovative Treatments

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) is considering adopting a new position statement entitled, ‘Licensee Use of Innovative or New Treatment.’

Through this statement, the Board is seeking to balance the promise of innovative treatments with its duty to protect the public from exploitation or harm.

While the Board encourages licensee participation in scientifically valid research and innovation, the Board also has a responsibility to protect the public and prevent patient exploitation or harm. View the proposed statement and provide your input here.

You may comment on the proposed statement through 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23.

CMS Launches Pilot Program for Physician Data

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new pilot program that is a part of their larger MyHealthEData initiative called “Data at the Point of Care” (DPC). DPC would open up Medicare’s Blue Button platform to physicians and other clinicians giving them access to Medicare claims data on their own patients. This would include a more structured and complete patient history with information like previous diagnoses, past procedures, and medication lists.

Clinicians will be able to access the DPC pilot data directly within their workflow, without needing to log into another application. Learn more.

Physicians can sign up now to participate in DPC, which is expected to begin in January 2020.

Campbell Receives Primary Care Champions Fellowship

NCMS member Victoria Kaprielian, DO, associate dean for faculty development and medical education at Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, has been awarded a $1.8 million five-year grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund a Primary Care Champions Fellowship.

The program will establish fellowship programs to train community-based practicing primary care physicians and physician assistant champions to strengthen primary care and the workforce. These champions will help lead health care transformation and enhance teaching in community-based settings.

The School of Medicine is surrounded by rural and medically underserved areas. Many of the preceptors currently working with Campbell medical students are practicing in those communities, and in medically underserved areas throughout North Carolina.

The one-year program requires fellows to attend a four-hour class on-campus each week and complete a practice transformation project. Weekly topics include leadership and managing change, teaching skills, and administrative skills for running the business and/or educational aspects for any type of practice.

Congratulations Dr. Kaprielian and Campbell!

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Learning Opportunity

Don’t forget to register for the next meeting of the NC Population Health Collaborative, which will be held in conjunction with the CHESS Move to Value Summit on Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. The theme is “Connecting Health to Health Care – Elevating Community Connections.” Get your ticket for the NC Population Health Collaborative meeting on the Move to Value Summit registration website. Sept. 6 is the registration deadline.


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