NCMS Morning Rounds: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Murphy Is Key Player on NC House Health Committee

Rep. Greg Murphy, MD (R-Pitt), an NCMS member and urologic surgeon with Eastern Urological Associates, will be the senior chair of the NC House Health Committee when the General Assembly convenes for its long session on Jan. 30. Having a physician colleague in such a position is great news because of the expertise and insight a physician like Dr. Murphy brings to health policymaking. Committee chairs are the key decision makers on which bills move out of committee and which bills languish.

Congratulations, Rep. Murphy!

NCMS Part of Panel to Improve Access to Care in Rural Communities

In North Carolina, 82 out of 100 counties are identified as having a primary care provider shortage, while 59 counties lack primary care, dental and behavioral health resources. As the NCMS strives to improve health throughout North Carolina, we are working with partners from many organizations to approach the challenges from multiple angles. Next Wednesday, the NCMS’ Vice President for Rural Health Initiatives Franklin Walker, MBA, will participate in a panel discussion examining the workforce needs in rural areas of the state.

The event, which is part of the Blending the Blues collaboration between Duke AHEAD and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC  Office for Interprofessional Education and Practice, will bring together experts from UNC, the NC Office of Rural Health and ECU in addition to the NCMS’ Walker. The panel will be moderated by Hugh Tilson, Director of the NC Area Health Education Centers (NCAHEC)The panel will be held next Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, at the UNC Health Sciences Library, 335 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill.

It’s Not Too Late! But Act Quickly…

If you haven’t renewed your NCMS membership for 2019, now is the time. You’re still receiving your NCMS Morning Rounds and other NCMS benefits because you’re in our grace period. But it won’t last forever. Find that dues invoice under the pile of mail on your desk or tell your assistant to renew today. Or you can renew instantly online.

The NCMS community values your membership and we hope you do, too!

In the News

Opioid Overdoses Are Now The Nation’s Most Common Preventable Cause of Death, Huffington Post, 1-14-19

Learning Opportunity

The Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic will be hosting a webinar on Feb. 13, featuring an overview of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative and the work it will undertake over the next two years to share knowledge, align initiatives, and advance multisector solutions to improve outcomes for those impacted by the opioid epidemic. There will be approximately 20 minutes following the presentations for questions and answers with the public. Registration will open soon. To be notified when registration opens as well as other news and events, sign-up for the Collaborative’s listserv.



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