NCMS Morning Rounds 9-22-21

Enjoy the first day of fall and your NCMS Morning Rounds!

September 22, 2021

NCMS Past President Edwards Panelist at NC Chamber Conference

The NCMS’ Immediate Past President Palmer Edwards, MD, DFAPA, was a panelist at yesterday’s NC Chamber Health Care Conference. Dr. Edwards participated in a panel along with Jerry Cook, Vice President with Hanesbrand, Inc. and Becky Malone, the Global Communications Lead for UCB, Inc. focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees.

Dr. Edwards spoke about vaccine hesitancy – noting that such reluctance to get vaccinated has deep historic roots in this country – and ways to address patients’ or employees’ doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine. He remarked that for many people consulting with their physician or PA to get the facts from a trusted individual may be key.

He also spoke as a practicing psychiatrist on the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on the brain and a person’s mental health. The other panelists addressed how their companies are working to help employees struggling in a variety of ways during the pandemic. Dr. Edwards offered this resource from the American Psychiatric Association to help businesses support their employees as they transition back into the workplace.

Dr. Edwards also shared his experience using telemedicine to see patients, noting that it was a ‘very effective’ way to engage, and expressed hope that payment parity with in-person visits will continue even after the current COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

The NCMS was a bronze sponsor of this conference, which brought together business and health care leaders to reflect on the pandemic, health inequities, the longstanding changes to health care that will remain after the pandemic and the ability of health IT to impact both the cost and quality of health care.

The WRAL Vaccine Hotline Needs You!

WRAL-TV is joining with the NC Healthcare Association (NCHA) to host another ‘Vaccine Hotline’ event on Sept. 29 between 4 and 7:30 p.m. They are seeking volunteer physicians and PAs who are confident when speaking about COVID-19 and answering general questions and concerns either from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or both shifts. You would be speaking with viewers who call into the station with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sign up here.

The WRAL Vaccine Hotline event held earlier this month proved to be extremely successful with 42 medical professionals participating and 1,835 calls over the 3.5 hours of the event. When the event ended there were still people on hold waiting to speak to a clinician. Those physicians and PAs who participated said it was a very rewarding experience with many volunteers reporting they were able to impact at least one person during their shift.

Be Ready with PPE

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, be sure you are prepared to maintain proper personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies in your practice. If you are in need of additional PPE, Henry Schein Medical has unrestricted stock available for pandemic preparedness.

Visit their website here to shop for what you need.

In the News

COVID-19 Overtakes Spanish Flu as Deadliest Disease in American History, STAT, 9-20-21

Learning Opportunity

Don’t forget the Medicaid Transformation webinar tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. when the focus will be ‘Provider Hot Topics.’ This is one in the next in the Virtual Office Hours series with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and NC AHEC to offer you a chance to get your questions about Medicaid transformation answered.

Register here. 

You can read the most recent NC Medicaid Managed Care Provider Update 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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