NCMS Morning Rounds 9-24-21

Happy Friday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

September 24, 2021

Slate of NCMS Candidates for Upcoming Election

Voting in the upcoming NCMS election for our society’s leadership begins Friday, October 1. The process is easy. You just need to make sure your NCMS membership and email address is up-to-date. You can renew your membership here. If you need to update your email address, please send it to our membership services department here.

You will receive your secure ballot and vote via email. For those without email access, we will mail a paper ballot. Voting will close on Oct. 15 and those elected will be announced the following day, Oct. 16, at the NCMS Annual Business Meeting at our LEAD Health Care Conference. Learn more about the conference and register here.

The NCMS’ Nominating and Leadership Development Committee put forth the following slate of candidates:

NCMS Board of Directors

President-Elect: Arthur Apolinario, MD

Region 1 Representative: Claude Jarrett, MD

Region 2 Representative: Fatima Syed, MD

At-Large: Jugta Kahai, MD

At-Large: Carl Westcott, MD

NC American Medical Association Delegation

Delegate: Mary Ann Contogiannis, MD

Delegate: John Fagg, MD

Alternate Delegate: Tim Reeder, MD

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Region 1: Latonya Beatty, MD

Region 1: Joe Navejar, DO

Region 2: Ronnie Laney, MD

Region 2: Andrew Phillips, MD

Region 3: Labron Chambers, MD

Region 3: Peter Fenn, PA-C

Region 3: Jim Hill, PA-C

Region 4: Frank Melvin, MD

Region 4: MaryShell Zaffino, MD


 Members of the NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee:

Chair                                  Palmer Edwards, MD

President-Elect                Michael Utecht, MD

Ex-Officio                         Philip Brown, Jr., MD

Board Representative    Eileen Raynor, MD

Board Representative    Ed Whitesides, MD

Region 1                            Chris Grubb, MD

Region 1                            Jugta Kahai, MD

Region 1                            Edward Ricciardelli, MD

Region 2                            Justin Hurie, MD

Region 2                            Ronnie Laney, MD

Region 2                            Vipul Shah, MD

Region 3                            Docia E. Hickey, MD

Region 3                            Jim Hill, PA

Region 3                            Janice Huff, MD

Region 4                            Gregory F. F. Evans, MD

Region 4                            Frank Melvin, MD

Region 4                            Scott Paviol, MD

REMINDER: Please complete the September NCMS Member Town Hall Survey

To help us understand what issues you and your patients face today, we are asking you each month through our NCMS Town Hall survey. By answering just three quick questions, we will have another source of insight into your current challenges, which we can then work together – and with other health care stakeholders – to address. We also will use these surveys as the starting point for discussion in our upcoming member Town Hall forums, the first of which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Learn more and register for this virtual forum here

Please take just a minute now to complete your NCMS Town Hall Survey. This month’s survey will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. We will report the results in your NCMS Morning Rounds the following week.

Take the survey.

Temporary Provider Rate Increases and Clinical Policy Changes Extended

NC Medicaid is extending all current COVID-19 temporary provider rate increases through Nov. 30, 2021. While the rate increases for providers authorized under SL 2020-4 were set to expire on June 30, 2021, NC Medicaid has discretion to continue these and other temporary rate increases assuming budget availability.

Read the full SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #179 here.

In the News

FDA Backs Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters For Seniors, High-Risk, AP, 9-22-21

Learning Opportunity

QPP APM Incentive Payment Webinar, Thursday, September 30, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a Quality Payment Program webinar on to provide an overview of the 2021 Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Payment for Qualifying APM Participants (QPs) or APM Entities associated with QPs.

During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will discuss:

  • How the APM Incentive Payment was paid;
  • Scenarios to receive the APM Incentive Payment; and
  • How to access payment information on

CMS will answer questions from attendees at the end of the webinar as time permits.

 Webinar Details

Title: Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Payment Webinar
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Registration Link:

Please note: You will receive an email with login information from GoToWebinar upon registration. If you do not receive an email in a few days’ time, please contact


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