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ATTENTION! New Rules Impacting Your Licensure

The North Carolina Medical Board has received final approval of rules impacting your medical licensure. Effective July 1, 2017, all physicians and physician assistants (PAs) who prescribe controlled substances are required to complete continuing medical education (CME) in controlled substances prescribing during each three year CME cycle. To comply with the new rules, physicians must earn three hours of CME in controlled substances prescribing during each three year CME cycle and PAs must earn two hours of CME in controlled substances prescribing during each two year cycle. You’re off the hook if you did not prescribe any controlled substances during your most recent CME cycle.

For more information, see these sites:

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BCBSNC, NCTracks to Require Credentialing of Mid-Level Providers

New federal regulations have prompted payers to require all mid-level providers to be credentialed. As previously announced, NCTracks will no longer allow claims for services to be filed as "incident to" beginning November 1. Similarly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently announced that it too will require mid-level providers to be credentialed. Providers billing to BCBSNC are encouraged to initiate credentialing as soon as possible via the “Providers” home page on the BCBSNC website and have until have until January 1, 2017 to complete the credentialing process.

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NCDA Officer Attends AAD Leadership Summit

What do young physicians want? That question was one of several topics covered at the 2016 AAD State Society Leadership Summit, September 10-11 in Washington, DC. Officers and executive directors from several states participated in the conference. NCDA Secretary-Treasurer Donna Culton, MD, PhD (Chapel Hill) attended on behalf of the NCDA for two days of educational content focused on state society leadership. “The program was fantastic,” said Dr. Culton, “and it was nice to meet leaders from other state societies to share ideas.”

The program included valuable sessions on Enhancing Your Board, Running an Effective Meeting and Engaging Members, among other key association management topics. The session that generated the greatest interest and discussion was one that addressed, “What do young physicians want?” AAD defines young physicians as under the age of 40 or within eight years of completing residency training. Participants considered ways that their state society might evolve to serve the needs of young physicians in a changing social and professional environment. Dr. Bethanee Schlosser provided an excellent commentary in the YP Focus article, “Your State Society Wants You!

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NCDA Delegation Lobbies Congress for Patient Access to Pharmaceutical Treatments and Other Priority Legislative Issues

Dr. William Huang (Winston-Salem), Linda Markham, RN (Southern Pines), Robin Inabinet, RN (Winston-Salem) and NCDA Executive Director Alan Skipper, CAE participated in this year’s American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) Legislative Conference. The meeting was held September 11-13 in Washington, DC.

Pictured (L-R): Ms. Inabinet, Dr. Huang, Sen. Burr,
Ms. Markham and Mr. Skipper.

The key issues that participants educated members of Congress on included improving patient access to pharmaceutical treatments, providing regulatory relief for physicians and ways to promote public health through skin cancer awareness and medical research. The following AADA materials were shared with legislators during meetings at the Capitol:

The conference included educational sessions designed to broaden participants’ understanding of the issues being presented to members of Congress during meetings with legislators and a keynote address from legendary news anchor and presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer. A special SkinPAC donor event was also held.

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Life-Changing Experiences at Victory Junction

The NCDA is proud to support the work of Victory Junction, a special camp for special kids with health care needs. Victory Junction has created a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp that challenges children who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible. As they conquer activities like zip lining and archery, achieve things like riding a horse for the first time or experience bowling, fishing or swimming, children build confidence that will shape how they view the rest of their lives. The camp is situated on 84 acres in the rolling hills of Randleman, NC, near Greensboro.

Volunteer opportunities are available for a variety of positions, including medical professionals. The Spring 2017 (March and April) volunteer application period will open on November 1, 2016.

Please visit the Victory Junction website for more information.

The NCDA has sponsored Ethan Edwards (pictured) from Thomasville for the past two years at Victory Junction. Ethan has Autosomal Recessive Congenital Ichthyosis (ARCI).

NCDA Executive Director Alan Skipper personally delivered NCDA's support for Ethan's participation at Victory Junction.

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UPDATE: NC Medical Society’s “Toward Accountable Care” Initiative

Over four years ago The NC Medical Society launched the Toward Accountable Care (TAC) Consortium. The Consortium now includes over 40 health care association and organization members, including the NCDA, who joined for the purpose of helping prepare the physician community for the transition to the evolving value-based model of patient care. To help get the project off the ground and sustain its momentum, the NCMS was successful in securing two grants. One was from The Physicians Foundation which helped towards the development of resources that are available free of charge on the TAC website, including an Accountable Guide for Dermatologists.

Additionally, the NCMS launched the North Carolina ACO Collaborative, which has grown to over 100 participants and meets twice annually. Smaller groups focused on MSSP and Next Gen ACOs have also been created.

Though the TAC grants are at an end, the NCMS will continue to support the NC ACO Collaborative and the NC MSSP/Next Gen Council. The passage of MACRA in 2015 with strong bi-partisan support is a strong indication that health system transformation will continue, so the NCMS plans to continue its efforts to support the medical community as it navigates these changes.

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NC Early Voting Information

Regardless of how you intend to vote this fall, we want to encourage all physicians to take part in this year’s elections. While there’s a lot of hype surrounding the presidential candidates, whether the social media frenzy will have a marked impact on voter turnout is anyone’s guess. Voter turnout in North Carolina since 1996 has ranged between 59% and 70% in presidential year elections. Assuming that rate is true among physicians, as many as one in three of you won’t make it to the ballot box this year.

We know it’s hard to get away from a busy, and often unpredictable, medical practice. If there’s a chance you might not be able to vote in person on Election Day, please consider taking advantage of one-stop early voting or voting by mail.

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2016 NCDA Summer Meeting Recap

The 2016 Summer Meeting was held July 8-10, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The weekend-long meeting, which attracted more than 70 dermatology providers, offered 10.25 hours of CME programming, social and networking opportunities, a lively exhibit hall and opportunities to enjoy the old-world charm of the historic Revolutionary City.

Resident Paper Presenters (L-R): Audra Grossman, MD (ECU/Brody), Christine Ahn, MD (Wake Forest), Rachel Blasiak, MD (UNC) and Ryan Thorpe, MD (Duke).

Dermatology residents representing each of the four in-state academic programs competed in the paper competition. Dr. Ryan Thorpe, a 2nd year resident at Duke, won the first place prize for his paper, “Amicrobial Pustulosis of the Folds.Spencer Hawkins, BS, a medical student at Wake Forest, won the poster competition with his poster, “A Web App Based Patient Education in Mohs Surgery – A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Thank you NCDA 2016 Summer Meeting Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Platinum Exhibitors


SunPharma Dermatology

Gold Exhibitors

Janssen Biotech
QualDerm Partners

Exhibitors: Actelion | Aerolase | Allergan | American Academy of Dermatology | Amgen | Aureus Specialty Pharmacy | Aurora Diagnostics | BTL Aesthetics | Ball Dermpath | Bayer | Carpe Lotion | Castle Biosciences | Celgene | Cutaneous Pathology | Cynosure | Dermpath Diagnostics | DUSA Pharmaceuticals | Galderma Laboratories | Genentech | Hill Dermaceuticals | Leo Pharma | Lilly USA | Long’s Specialty Pharmacy | Medical Mutual | Merz North America | MiMedx | North Carolina Medical Society | Pharma Derm | Promius Pharma | Provia Diagnostics | PruGen Pharmaceuticals | Ra Medical Systems | Revision Skincare | SkinPath Solutions | Sona MedSpa | Syneron Candela | TLCRx | Taro | Topix Pharmaceuticals | Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

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DermPAC Update

DermPAC continues to help our profession present a strong and effective voice on the issues that impact our practices and patients. Voluntary, personal contributions from NCDA members support political candidates in state legislative contests who support the NCDA position on the key issues impacting our profession. Will you support the important work of NCDA and DermPAC with your contribution?

Thank you 2016 DermPAC Contributors!

2016 DermPAC Heroes
Robert E. Clark, MD, PhD
H. Duncan Dorris, Jr., MD
Timothy C. Flynn, MD
Andrew A. Hendricks, MD
Catherine M. Hren, MD
Russell J. Kilpatrick, MD
Robert Lamme
Patrick S. McElgunn, MD, MBA
C. Brent Mizelle, MD
Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Kevin R. Stein, MD

2016 DermPAC Champions
Melissa M. Coale, MD
David W. Corbett, DO
Matthew K. Flynn, MD
Valerie B. Laing, MD
Susan C. Sanders, MD
Kerry M. Shafran, MD
Cathy A. Slater, MD

2016 DermPAC Friends: John G. Albertini, MD | Kelly L. Barham, MD | Donna A. Culton, MD, PhD | Pamela J. Guest, MD | Suzanne P. Hess, MD | Michael G. Hitchcock, MBChB | Dori L. Hunt, MD | John L. Jennings, Jr., MD | Kenneth L. Klein, MD | Laura L. Lomax, MD | Rebekah M. Oyler, MD | Richard H. Shereff, MD | Phillip M. Williford, MD.

2016 DermPAC Supporters: M. Elvira Chiritescu, MD | Hope M. Gruber, MD | W. Stacy Miller, MD | Elise A. Olsen, MD | Denna Suko | Jennifer H. Taylor, PA-C.

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Registration for the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting begins in November!

Connect with your colleagues, take part in engaging sessions on trending topics and bring the latest in dermatology care back to your patients – all in five days of exceptional learning at the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting! Join us at the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, March 3-7, and experience the best of dermatology! See important dates.

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How MACRA Impacts Your Dermatology Practice

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ends the sustainable growth rate and moves Medicare closer to a system that pays physicians based on the outcomes. There are many resources available to help your practice understand how implementation of the legislation and the recently released final rule can impact your reimbursement rates and prepare for the transition from volume to value.

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