NCMS Recognized At National Press Club Conference

Health Leads co-founder Rebecca Onie addresses gathering on health care innovation at the National Press Club. Onie recognized the NCMS in her remarks.

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) was recognized yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for its “innovativeness, support of value-based care and its commitment to addressing   determinants of health.” The recognition came from the co-founder of Health Leads, Rebecca Onie, as she addressed a conference on “Diffusion of Innovation” presided over by Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil.

Health Leads offers innovative ways to address patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. A recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, Onie was a featured speaker at last year’s NCMS annual conference, and is working with the NC Department of Health and Human Services on how social needs may be better addressed in the Medicaid program.

In addition to Onie, the conference brought together academics and those on the frontier of health innovation from across the country including the former director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, Rocco Perla, who spoke on Government As Innovation Catalyst: Lessons From The Early Center For Medicare And Medicaid Innovation Models. Onie’s comments about the NCMS came during her presentation on Integrating Social Needs Into Health Care: A Twenty-Year Case Study Of Adaptation And Diffusion, which described the evolution of Health Leads in partnership with philanthropy, including The Physicians Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”

NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson was on hand at the meeting as discussion focused on how innovative ideas in health care are scaled and diffused to a variety of settings.


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