NCMS Morning Rounds 6-17-19

Another week, another NCMS Morning Rounds.

 June 17, 2019

NCMS Weekly Legislative Round-up

The end of the legislative session is ‘in the air’ at the General Assembly as the budgeting process is well underway and many significant bills are moving through committees and to the floor of each chamber. Several bills of particular interest to NCMS members are among those moving, including:

HB656/SB548 – Medicaid Changes for Transformation This ponderous proposal is a technical bill helping to pave the way for the state’s move to Medicaid managed care, slated to begin this November. The proposed legislation has made its way through the House and is now winding its way through the Senate committees.

HB 228/SB178—Modernize NC Medical Board Laws is a huge bill that makes many technical and language updates to laws governing the NC Medical Board. Review all the changes in our summary of the bill on our Legislative Blog. The proposed legislation, which the NCMS supports, has made its way through the House and is now in the Senate. The provisions in the bill do not appear to be controversial.

SB 361—Health Care Expansion Act of 2019 includes many provisions, but perhaps the most controversial are those around changes to the state’s certificate of need laws. The latest iteration of this proposed legislation does not contain the sweeping CON changes it originally had, although as it now stands the proposal does include the eliminating CON for ambulatory surgical centers and dialysis providers. The bill is moving through the Senate, which seems committed to passing some CON legislation this session, however, the bill’s fate is uncertain in the House. CON is rumored to be part of the quiet budget discussions as well.

While the session is winding down, there are still a few more Wednesdays when you can come to visit with legislators as part of the NCMS’ White Coat Wednesday. Sign up here or contact NCMS Assistant Director of Legislative Relations Sue Ann Forrest to arrange another day to visit. Last week, a group of 2019 Leadership College Scholars attended White Coat Wednesday as one of the requirements of this Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership course of study. Thank you to these new health care leaders!

Emerging Leaders in Public Health Meet at NCMS

Last week the NC Public Health Association (NCPHA) Emerging Leaders Program, one of the NCMS Foundation Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s customized training programs, held their last in-person meeting at the NCMS’ Center for Leadership in Medicine in Raleigh.

The NCPHA Emerging Leaders Program aims to provide emerging leaders in public health with skills and knowledge to become even more effective in their work through successfully leading teams through change and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders as well as understand financial concepts as these relate to public health and the complex landscape of health care.

Last Thursday’s session included a presentation by Ari Mwachofo, PhD, Associate Professor at the Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health at ECU, providing an ‘Intro to Health Economics.’ The participants also spent part of the day role playing how to handle challenging conversations they may encounter. Lisa Shock, PA-C, DrPH, a member of the Kanof Institute faculty, guided the group through effective communication techniques.

This cohort of emerging leaders will ‘graduate’ at the NCPHA’s fall conference in Greensboro in September. The NCPHA is accepting applications for the next class of leaders through Friday, July 5. Learn more here.

UNC Wins ‘Reimagining Residency’ Grant

Congratulations to the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, which was selected to receive an AMA “Reimagining Residency” grant. The AMA’s program was developed to transform residency training to better address the workforce needs of our current and future health care system. UNC was one of 11 programs selected from among a pool of 300 organizations seeking grants.

UNC’s project, titled ‘Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training (FIRST): Enhancing the Continuum from Medical School to Residency to Practice,’ seeks to expand the geographic and specialty reach of UNC School of Medicine’s established residency readiness program. The project also aims to develop and implement a generalizable health systems science curriculum for graduate medical education (GME) and competency-based assessment tools that span the educational continuum.

The AMA’s five-year, $15-million program will support innovations that provide meaningful and safe transitions from undergraduate medical education (UME) to GME, establish new curricular content and experiences to enhance readiness for practice and promote well-being in training.

In the News

Mental Health Parity’ Is Still an Elusive Goal in US Insurance Coverage, NPR, 6-7-19

Learning Opportunity

Save the date for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Southeaster Summit 2019: Creating Healthy and Resilient Communities will be held Nov. 1-3 in Asheville. This conference will provide time with peers to learn practical tools, skills and strategies for advancing ACEs Work and Trauma-Informed Care. The goal is to take practical tools and strategies learned back to your organization or community to assist individuals and communities understand and stop the intergenerational transmission of ACEs.
Learn more and register.

 
 

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