Current Bulletin

  • Problem Solved: CMV Certification

    PROBLEM-SOLVEDIf you need an answer or a problem solved regarding your practice, as a North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) member you have access to our Solution Center Coordinator, Belinda McKoy, who is standing by to help you solve the problem or answer your question. Call (919-833-3836 x142) or email Belinda the next time you need a problem solved.

    Here is a common question Belinda receives:

    Q: Are physicians who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers required to be certified?

    A:  As of May 21, 2014, all commercial drivers must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

    Please visit The Complete Guide to Medical Examiner Certification for details.

  • Wanted: Nominations for NCMS & AMA Leadership Positions

    The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations from physician members for NCMS leadership positions that will become vacant in 2015. The deadline for receiving all nominations is July 1. If you are interested in serving in the following positions, please submit your nomination form to Devdutta G. Sangvai, MD, Chair of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, NCMS, PO Box 27167, Raleigh, NC 27611-7167.


    • Officers
      • President-Elect (1-year term)
    • Region and At-Large Members (3-year term)
      • Region 1 Representative (1) (incumbent eligible for re-election)
      • At-Large Member (1) (incumbent eligible for re-election)


    • AMA Delegates (3) (2-year term) (incumbents eligible for re-election)
    • AMA Alternate Delegate (1) (2-year term) (incumbent eligible for re-election)

    The NCMS Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the following positions.  If you are interested in serving in these positions, please submit your nomination form and resume to Robert E. Schaaf, MD, President, NCMS, PO Box 27167, Raleigh, NC 27611-7167.

    • North Carolina Medical Care Commission (1) (4-year term) (incumbent eligible for re-election)
    • North Carolina Commission for Public Health (2) (4-year term) (incumbents eligible for re-election)

    The Committee strives to identify, attract, and develop the most competent physician leadership in the Society.

    • Region 1 (1) (incumbent not eligible for re-election)
    • Region 2 (1)
    • Region 3 (2) 
    • Region 4 (2) (One incumbent not eligible for re-election)

    Region 1 includes:
    Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

    Region 2 includes:
    Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Vance, Wake, Warren

    Region 3 includes:
    Anson, Bladen, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Cumberland, Gaston, Harnett, Hoke, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson Scotland, Stanly, Union 

    Region 4 includes:
    Alleghany, Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Buncombe, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey

    To obtain a nomination form for any of the above positions, please contact Abbey Ruggiero at (800) 722-1350 or by email at

  • NC Ob/Gyn Society To Honor Dr. Harold C. Pollard, III


    Dr. Pollard

    Dr. Pollard

    Harold C. Pollard, III with its 2015 Distinguished Service Award for his remarkable contributions to women’s health care on Saturday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The banquet honoring Dr. Pollard is in conjunction with the society’s annual meeting. Learn more about the meeting and register here.

    Dr. Pollard was born and raised in Burlington, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and graduated with a BA in Chemistry and Religion in 1970. In 1973, he graduated from the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine. In 1972, he did an obstetrics/gynecology externship at Kings College Hospital in London, England. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1977 and did a pelvic surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 1978. In 1978, he joined Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates in Winston-Salem. Dr. Pollard is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Pollard served as President of NCOGS in 2005-2006, and he has served as ACOG Legislative Liaison.

    Congratulations Dr. Pollard!

  • “Operation Medicine Drop” This Saturday in Cary

    The Town of Cary Police Department joins the North Carolina Department of Insurance, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and SafeKids North Carolina twice a year to sponsor local pill take-back events called Operation Medicine Drop. These events provide sites to safely and legally dispose of unused and outdated prescription medication.

    There will be four Operation Medicine Drop sites in Cary on Saturday, March 21, which will run from 10:ooam-2:00pm:

    1. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut Street, Cary
    2. Senior Center at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary
    3. Cary Fire Department 3, 1807 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
    4. Cary Police/Fire Station 8, 408 Mill Park Drive, Cary

    Please share this information with your patients so that they may take advantage of this opportunity. For more information or to find other drop boxes in your area, visit

  • In the News

  • Learning Opportunities

    NCMS Plan Free Wellness Webinar: Using the Six Principles of Influence to Optimize Employee Health

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 12:00-12:45pm
    Influencing others, even towards positive behavior change, is often a challenge, which is why it’s valuable to understand the psychological principles behind human motivation and behavior. The NCMS Plan is pleased to welcome Patty Purpur de Vries, Director, Stanford Health Promotion Network and Wellness Manager, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, as part of the continued Practice Wellness webinar series designed to assist practice managers with effectively planning, developing, implementing, and measuring a successful wellness program. Register now online.

    Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements Free Webinar

    The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in cooperation with the North Carolina Medical Group Managers invite you to join them for a webinar overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements in 2015 on March 25, from noon to 1 p.m. This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register today online.

    ICD-10 Classes

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is scheduling introductory ICD-10 classes in Eastern North Carolina designed for physicians, practice managers, billing managers, and others who need help in transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10. These are free, in-person classes, not webinars.

    CMS is actively looking for hospitals or facilities to host an ICD-10 event in the Hickory/Highpoint area on March 25. To host a meeting, you need to have a meeting room with AV equipment that will hold at least 40 people and have free or low-cost parking for guests. If you can offer to host a class, please write Keith Gilliam.

    MAHEC’s Spring CE offerings:

    February 19th – May 28:   “MAHEC Motivational Interviewing for Health Care”

    March 24:  “Practical Matters in Dementia Care”                                                                                

    April 30: “Finding Stability: Management to Live Better with  Parkinson Disease or  Essential Tremor”

    May 6-8:  MAHEC Women’s Recovery Conference”  

    May 8: “Healthcare Express Track”  

    May 12:  “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t – A Unique Documentary About Living with Alzheimer’s and Post-Film Panel Discussion”

    Save-the-Dates: June 3-6: “Southeast Pain Symposium”

    Workshop on Improving Geriatric Care through Collaboration

    Duke Geriatric Education Center presents a three-part workshop on Improving Care Through Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, March 25, April 8 and April 22. 8:30 a.m – noon, Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, Durham. More information and register.

    ICD-10 Boot Camp

    ICD-10 Boot CampNCMGMA’s General Code Set TrainingMarch 26 & 27, 2015, 8 am – 5 pm, Women’s Educational Center, Greensboro, NC. This intensive 2-day, 16-hour, General Code Set Training is designed specifically for coding staff and intended to give attendees a comprehensive understanding of guidelines and conventions of ICD-10 as well as fundamental knowledge of how to decipher, understand and accurately apply codes in ICD-10. This Training is approved for 16 CEUs through AAPC. Get more information and register.

    ICD-10 Success Dinner Event by athenahealth

    Preparing Your Practice for ICD-10 Success, April 9, 6 p.m., Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, 201 East Trade Street

    Few health care initiatives carry as great a potential for financial disruption: The number of ambulatory diagnosis codes will increase about fivefold, threatening your productivity and revenue flow. Please join athenahealth for this exclusive dinner event. More information and register.

    Sixth Annual Addiction Medicine ConferenceApril 10-11, Asheville, Learn more and register.

    Save the date — June 12, 2015, for Go SIMple, an opportunity to learn about the hottest trends in simulation education from experts. The training session will be held at Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, NC.