NCMS Morning Rounds 8-8-19

Another Thursday, another

 NCMS Morning Rounds.

Aug. 8, 2019

Disaster Preparedness – Now is the Time

Before a hurricane or other natural disaster hits, it pays to be prepared and to know what to do in such an unfortunate circumstance. The federal government offers this tip sheet, “Federal Recovery Programs for Healthcare Organizations,” which provides an overview of eligibility factors, program/grant requirements and pre- and post-disaster federal financial opportunities specifically for health care facilities.

To learn about your North Carolina colleagues’ real life experiences dealing with natural disasters, be sure to attend the NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 3-4 in Raleigh. Four physicians will recount their “Lessons Learned in Crisis Preparedness” during a panel discussion on Friday morning. Review the full agenda for this valuable conference and register today!

Reminder: STOP Act e-Prescribing Provision Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2020

The STOP Act, which was signed into law in 2017, requires certain controlled substances to be prescribed electronically starting Jan. 1. 2020. At that time, all Schedule II and III opioids or narcotics and certain other controlled drugs such as buprenorphine must be e-prescribed.

The NC Medical Board has a summary of the STOP Act as well as FAQs on the e-prescribing provision here.

You may also review this list of controlled substances that will be subject to e-prescribing.

Congratulations to Dr. Komives!

Longtime NCMS member and leader Eugenie M. Komives, M.D., FAAFP, recently was named Chief Medical Officer for WellCare Health Plans, Inc. for North Carolina. Dr. Komives will oversee the plan’s medical strategy and clinical direction of health care services and quality improvements for WellCare members enrolled in the company’s Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans under North Carolina’s Medicaid Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs). As part of the state’s transformation of its Medicaid program, WellCare received one of the four statewide contracts for Medicaid Managed Care services, slated to begin rollout in the Triangle and Triad regions this November.

Dr. Komives, who previously served as chief medical officer for Duke Population Health Management and Duke Connected Care and in a variety of leadership roles with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, has been heavily involved in the NCMS Foundation’s Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) as a mentor and as the institute’s co-chair.

Congratulations on your new leadership position, Dr. Komives!

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Learning Opportunity

The NCMS Foundation Lunch & Learn Webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. will feature Dawn Wilson, PharmD, GSK Vaccines Medical Science Liaison who will give an ‘Overview of Hepatitis A.’ This free webinar is presented in partnership with the NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the NC Medical Group Management Association, and will provide you with a greater understanding of Hepatitis A, including recommendations on vaccinations for disease prevention. Learn more and register.


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