This past year has proven to be a year of growth, challenges, and change for the North Carolina Medical Society and its over 12,000 members. Throughout the year, the NCMS made a significant impact on the following areas for the benefit of its members:

Regulatory and Legislative Efforts

  • Participated in important discussions about the future of the Medicaid program—the paramount legislative issue for the NCMS this year—and our work continues with the impending study of Medicaid reform, the implementation of a shared savings program as directed in the state budget and the unsuccessful launch of NCTracks on July 1st. For more information on legislative actions in 2013, view the 2013 legislative summary;
  • Took a leadership stance on educating physicians about new models of healthcare, ultimately leading to the formation of the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative, a partnership of nearly 30 organizations interested in providing the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in a value-driven health care system.
  • Built relationships between physicians and legislators by partnering with medical practices throughout the state to host sit-downs with legislators to discuss important health care issues.
  • Raised legislative awareness in this election year, by briefing NCMS PAC supporters through the PAC Road Show, a series of meetings held in five locations within North Carolina. Attendees were briefed on PAC disbursements, legislative issues, and detailed local election analysis.
  • Forged a more powerful physician presence at the General Assembly and strengthened physician-legislator relations through the record physician/PA attendance at the White Coat Wednesday advocacy program.

Practice Management Assistance

  • Strengthened physician practices through the education and consulting services of PractEssentials, which:
    • Assisted 25 practices in achieving Meaningful Use requirements;
    • Helped ten practices become designated Patient Centered Medical Homes;
    • Assisted practices in researching/implementing electronic health records;
    • Held numerous educational webinars focused on improving physician practices with topics such as meeting meaningful use requirements and implementing ICD-10.
  • Helped members find answers to important practice management questions through the Solution Center, which responded to over 500 questions from NCMS members and their practice staff;
  • Promoted communication among NCMS members through the Doctor to Doctor Blog, sharing breaking news that impacts health care.

Public Health and Quality of Care

  • Focused on efforts to promote presciption drug abuse awareness and prevention through the creation of the NCMS Opioid Task Force and by offering an educational session in conjunction with the NC Medical Board and Boston University’s School of Medicine at this year’s NCMS Annual Meeting
  • Helped educate physicians and the public on end-of-life issues such as advance directives laws and MOST form through our new NC Partnership for Compassionate Care, positioning the NCMS as a leader in the state and the nation on this topic.
  • Worked with public health officials to improve our readiness for disasters and infectious disease epidemics.

Leadership & Service

  • Assisted medically underserved areas through the Community Practitioner Program, which places physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in rural or underserved areas in exchange for loan repayment. You can help the CPP Program by supporting the NCMS Foundation today.
  • Enhanced the leadership skills of 13 physicians and PAs who took part in the Leadership College Program, an effort created by the NCMS Foundation to enhance leadership skills among its scholars to better shape the future of medicine. Thus far 163 physicians, PAs, and residents have taken part in the program, the majority of whom have utilized these skills serving on NCMS and county society boards of directors and on NCMS and state regulatory committees.

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