Results of August Snapshot Survey on NCMS Advocacy

Thank you to everyone who completed the North Carolina Medical Society’s (NCMS) 5-question Snapshot survey this month on the issues that are most important to you as we prepare for the 2019 Legislative Session. And congratulations to the lucky winners of our $100 Amazon gift cards: Labron Chambers MD MBA FASA; Hillary Thomas, DO, MBA; Daniel Zirkman, MD; Nicole D’Andrea, MD, MPH, FACOG; Merritt Seshul, MD, FACS, FAAOA.

Here’s a quick analysis of the survey results:

  • Scope of practice issues are the most important legislative priority to respondents followed closely by curbing the opioid abuse epidemic. Other legislative issues of importance to members that were not listed specifically , but noted in open responses included: Medicaid reform and Medicaid expansion as well as challenges around sharing health information electronically and electronic health records.
  • In the regulatory realm, working to prevent the 15 percent provider rate cut for the state health plan ranked most important to respondents, with proper implementation of Medicaid reform next in line.
  • More than a third of those responding said they always use the NCMS’ candidate endorsements as their guide in state judicial races. Most found our endorsements valuable as one source to help inform their vote.
  • A healthy proportion (18 percent) of respondents said they were planning to attend a White Coat Wednesday during the upcoming session, although the majority could not make a commitment at this point. The legislative session begins in January. If you would like to learn more about White Coat Wednesday or sign up now, please visit our White Coat Wednesday page.

Thank you again to those who shared their views through this survey. NCMS staff and leadership rely on this important source of member input for planning and as part of the decision-making process. Our next Snapshot will be emailed to all NCMS members on Wednesday, Sept. 5. You will have 24-hours to respond to the quick 5-question survey on an issue of importance to the medical community. Plus, by participating you are eligible for valuable prizes!


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