NCMS Morning Rounds — Jan. 7, 2019

Happy Monday morning and welcome to your NCMS Morning Rounds! 

General Assembly Convenes on Wednesday — Become An Advocate for Your Profession

When the NC General Assembly convenes this Wednesday, legislators will spend the first couple of weeks getting organized, selecting new leaders, committee members and deciding on the rules for this long session. The business of legislating will begin in earnest on Jan. 30. The NCMS offers several opportunities for you to be an advocate for your profession and now is the time to consider how you want to be involved.

  • Sign up to come to Raleigh for our popular White Coat Wednesday, legislative briefing and opportunity to visit your representatives to educate them on issues of concern to you.
  • Volunteer for the honor of serving as Doctor of the Day. You will sit on the floor of the chamber with legislators and bring awareness to your profession. Call the Speaker of the House Office at 919-733-3451 to sign-up.
  • Be sure you’ve registered to receive our Action Alerts so you’ll be ready to click and send a message to key legislators when our government affairs team needs your input.
  • Watch your email for our weekly video updates during the session to know what is happening behind the scenes. This year the star of our Bowtie Briefing video, NCMS’ Senior VP for Advocacy and Advancement Chip Baggett, JD, will be joined by our Assistant Director of Legislative Relations, Sue Ann Forrest, in a re-branded video — the NCMS Political Pulse.

NC Population Health Collaborative Presentations Available Online

Presentations from the Dec. 15, 2018 NC Population Health Collaborative along with links to valuable resources now are available online. The focus of this meeting was the state’s Medicaid transformation and poverty as it relates to population health. Access the information.

Also, mark your calendars for the next Pop Health Collaborative on March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Watch for email updates when registration opens.

Have You Renewed Your NCMS Membership for 2019?

If you haven’t renewed yet, your membership has officially expired. The good news is that there is a grace period, but renew today to ensure your benefits don’t stop. Renew now! 

In the News:

Flu season is upon us. The article below details the impact thus far in North Carolina.

Flu Widespread in NC, Has Claimed 10 Lives This Season, Patch, 1-4-19

Learning Opportunity:

2019 Palliative Care Bootcamp, March 28-29, Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. This interactive boot camp will not only give health care providers best practice tools needed to build and/or sustain a successful community-based palliative care program, but will allow participants to begin the process for evaluating their unique program needs and serves as a stepping stone to accelerate the work in their organizations. Learn more and register.

Professional Opportunity — Medical Consultant Needed:

Medical Consultants are needed at the North Carolina Disability Determination Services (DDS) in Raleigh to provide expert guidance to disability analysts in the review of medical records and claims of impairment(s) alleged or discovered during the case adjudication process.  Medical Consultants aid in the disability review process by reviewing specific medical components of cases, offering guidance to disability examiners, and evaluating functional limitations as assessed by the disability analysts based on the evidence presented in the case file.

Applicants must be a currently licensed physician by the North Carolina Medical Board; malpractice insurance is not required. The Medical Consultant position requires expertise and judgment to review claimant records to aid in determining severity of impairments and the individual’s residual functional capacity according to Social Security Administration guidelines.

Due to the nature of the work, Medical Consultants must work onsite at the DDS office in Raleigh, NC.  NC DDS offers competitive salary and flexible schedules (daytime only; no shift work involved).  Opportunities available include full-time and part-time schedules, as well as the opportunity to independently contract.

Interested individuals should contract Tracy Gray, Deputy Director, at or 919-814-3071.

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