Top Five Things to Know About the M3 Conference

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The M3 – Merging Medicine and Management Conference – is just over a month away . If you haven’t registered yet for this unique gathering of physicians, physician assistants, practice administrators, and medical group managers, then consider these five facts about the conference to be held in Raleigh, September 14-16:

  1. The 11 general sessions feature noted national and local experts on everything from physician burnout to health care policy during the Trump administration. Review the agenda.
  2. The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) will present their annual awards during the conference including the Administrator of the Year Award and the E. Harvey Estes Award. Be there to honor your colleagues.
  3. The M3 brings together a who’s who in the medical community, creating fertile ground for insightful discussions and networking with your peers from across the state.
  4. Enjoy great food and drink and ample opportunity to socialize with old and new friends.
  5. Register before Aug. 25 and save $50.

Get all the details and register today at this link.

Practice of the Year Award Nominations Deadline Extended to March 22nd

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Practice of the Year Award
Nomination deadline extended to March 22nd

First Citizens Bank LogoNCMGMA is proud to partner with First Citizens Bank to present the Annual Practice of the Year Award, to be presented on the evening of Monday, May 8th during the NCMGMA Annual Conference in Charlotte. This award recognizes a medical group practice that has made a significant contribution to their community, patients and/or staff through volunteer work, indigent clinics, fundraisers, staff wellness programs, community clean ups, community screenings, and education (internal & external).

To submit your entry form, please fill out this nomination form and submit back to the NCMGMA offices. All nominations for this award are due by 5pm on Wednesday, March 15th.

For complete information on the 2017 NCMGMA Annual Conference, please visit the NCMGMA website at http://www.ncmgm.org/annual-conference-attendee-information.

Questions
Inf you have any questions about the Practice of the Year Award or the Spring Conference, please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org or at 800-753-MGMA (6462).

NCMGMA New Bern Roadshow Postponed

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New Bern Roadshow Postponed

NCMGMA’s primary concern is our members’, attendees’ and exhibitors’ safety. The Roadshow Committee and NCMGMA Leadership have made the decision to postpone the New Bern Roadshow scheduled for this Friday due to the unsafe routes getting into New Bern. Things can change very quickly during natural disasters and routes that are available today, may not be available tomorrow due to rising flood waters. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s understanding.

Details regarding another date for the NCMGMA New Bern Roadshow will be sent as soon as this information is available.

Roadshow Attendees and Exhibitors
If you have a hotel reservation, please cancel this as soon as possible in order not to incur any cancellation fees. The Marriott Courtyard’s number is 252-636-0022.

Roadshow Exhibitors
If you have already shipped materials to the Convention Center, please email Melissa@ncmgm.org to arrange details on shipping these items back to your offices.

Roadshow Attendees and Exhibitors
For your ease, once the new Roadshow date has been released, we will transfer your registration. If you are unable to make this new date, you can contact our offices for a refund. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s understanding.

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by Hurricane Matthews. Many areas are still reeling from the flooding waters and more is expected today and tomorrow. Please reach out to NCMGMA members in these areas and send your support. Many communities are gathering food, water and other essentials to send to affected areas – please consider you or having your practice participate in these efforts to get supplies to those in need.

President’s Message

Dear NCMGMA Colleagues,

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Jacob Rodman, 2015-16 NCMGMA President

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of summer and fall is almost here, and if your life has been like mine, this summer has flown by.

As I look back over the last several months and think of what NCMGMA has accomplished, I could not be more proud to be a part of this great organization. In June, we had a tremendous advocacy day’s event where Brad Wilson (BCBS), Wayne Goodwin (NCDOI) and others shared their thoughts and ideas on the current state of healthcare. Since then, we’ve been communicating with BCBS on a whole new level. NCMGMA has pulled up a seat at the table, and we have been making a difference. Thanks!

Looking towards the future, the joint conference committee has been hard at work planning a spectacular inaugural M3 Conference for us in September (September 15-18 at the Grandover Resort), as we partner with the NC Medical Society and all of our committees have been hard at work representing all of you every step of the way. I hope to see a majority of our membership at the Grandover Resort for this conference!  You can find complete information about the event here.

Healthcare has continued to be on shaky ground, and one thing is guaranteed from the elections this fall, healthcare will continue to be a hot national debate. The leadership team will be holding a retreat later this week to discuss our organization’s future and how best to position ourselves. Our main goal is to be an advocate for you, our members, while also providing top-notch education and allowing for networking opportunities for each of us. Our credo is to be “leaders for tomorrow’s healthcare.” This is a credo we do not take lightly and is at the center of every decision we make.

I thank all of you for your involvement in NCMGMA and can assure you that as always, the leadership is hard at working representing you, every single day. As we prepare for a new year in NCMGMA, I urge all of you to get involved in the state organization in addition to getting plugged into your local chapter. The connections and time spent will be well worth it.

Again, I hope to see you all at the M3 Conference in Greensboro in September. I can promise you that it will be an event unlike any other!

Respectfully,

Jacob A. Rodman
2015-2016 NCMGMA President

Make Connections at the 2016 NCMGMA Annual Conference in Charleston

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Connect with NC’s Healthcare Professionals
to find the solutions to your practice challenges

NCMGMA Annual Conference
May 11-13, 2016 | Charleston, SC

This year’s conference “Making Connections,” will tie together the various aspects of what healthcare administrators are challenged with every day featuring content on finance, customer service, legal, social media, and human resources. Additionally, NCMGMA’s Annual Conference will feature over 60 exhibitors for you to meet with offering services from IT, EHR, staffing, insurance, and so much more.

Integrated Healthcare Systems (IHS) Breakout Sessions

Whether your practice is already part of a large healthcare system or if your practice is exploring this as a possible option, these sessions are a don’t miss! NCMGMA’s IHS breakout sessions on Thursday, May 12th, will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, so make sure you attend both sessions wherever your practice finds itself within the process!

  • Thursday, May 12th | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    104 — Understanding Health System Models: Know your Options
    Jenny Markham, Associate General Counsel, UNC Health System
    Frederick R. Zufelt, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic
    Panel Discussion panelists include: Janet Davis, Boylan Clinic; Linda Wooten, Salem Family Medicine; Donna Fogleman, Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement; and Becky Ayers (Moderator), Carolinas Healthcare System.
  • Thursday, May 12th | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    204 — EPIC, Patient Satisfaction and other Hot Topics
    Round Table Discussion moderated by Lisa Rosenberg, Director of Affiliate Operations, UNC Physicians Network

General Sessions include:

  • Wednesday, May 11th
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Gen Y: The New Physician, Employee and Patient Threat
    Kyle Matthews, CMPE
    CardioVascular Associates of Mesa
  • Thursday, May 12th
    8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    Making Industry Connections: Supporting Your Partners, Customers and Stakeholders
    Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
    Coca-Cola Industries
  • Thursday, May 12th
    10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
    Beginning and Ending
    with Care
    Jill Mabry
    Carolinas Healthcare
  • Friday, May 13th
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Washington Update
    Mollie Gelburd
    Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  • Friday, May 13th
    10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    The New Era of the Patient Experience; Utilizing Social Media, Digital Practice Tools and Other Online Options to Educate and Engage Your Patients
    Jamie Verkamp
    (e)Merge

The Annual Conference promises first-class educational programs, leading speakers and authentic networking events with members and exhibitors. Register today and do not miss the opportunity to make your own connections in 2016.  See the full agenda here.

Open to Everyone: Meet the Expert!

Sponsored by Medical Mutual

Welcome to all NCMGMA Annual Conference attendees! Sign up and reserve a spot today for unlimited confidential HR guidance. Our “Meet the Expert,” Breni Malpass with HR Experts can assist you with hiring, regulatory compliance, termination, compensation issues, unemployment claims, managing staff performance, motivating staff and physicians, employee benefits, or any other HR issue.

This special opportunity is open to all registrants, regardless of their malpractice insurance affiliation. To sign up, please email Melissa Klingberg at Melissa@ncmgm.org.

Additional Staff Discount

NCMGMA is making it affordable for you to bring all of your practice leadership! Bring one or more additional staff from your practice and you will save $100 on each of their conference registrations. Click here to visit the NCMGMA website and learn more about this great discount offer!

Learn more about the Annual Conference

Follow these links to learn more about attending and exhibiting at the 2016 Annual Conference in Charleston:

Join us for a Low Country Night at the Annual Conference in Charleston

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NCMGMA Annual Meeting Reception

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Topaz Room at the Charleston Marriott

All Annual Conference attendees and exhibitors are invited to join us for a laid-back evening and a taste of true southern hospitality.  With views overlooking the Ashley River, the Charleston Marriott Topaz Room is the perfect place to unwind and socialize with colleagues and friends.

Sponsored by Medical Mutual, MSOC Health and SunTrust Bank

Follow this link for a printable flyer.  If you have any questions, please contact NCMGMA at info@ncmgm.org.

For more information on the Annual Conference, click here.

Employment Law Update: It’s All About the Agencies

By Patti Bartis, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Patti Bartis will be one of our breakout session speakers at this year’s NCMGMA Annual Conference in Charleston (May 11-13th at the Marriott Charleston).  Patti will present “Employee Law / HR Updates” and her session will take place from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Thursday, May 12th.

DOL – New Overtime Rules Expected in 2016

In 2015, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released its highly anticipated proposed changes to the Part 541 overtime and minimum wage exemption regulations.  Employers can expect to see the final rules issued in 2016.  These rules implement Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and cover Executive, Administrative and Professional employees.

The proposed rule would more than double the minimum salary requirement from the current $455 per week (or $23,660 per year), to about $970 per week, or $50,440 per year in order to claim the exemptions. In addition, the DOL proposes to index this amount, meaning that it will be adjusted annually. Employees paid less than the minimum salary will not be exempt from overtime and minimum wage obligations regardless of their job duties. In addition, the highly compensated employee salary level under Part 541 would rise from $100,000 to $122,148 and would be similarly indexed.

Although the rules are only proposed at this time, employers should review the salary levels of their current exempt employees. These proposals give employers advance warning about future labor budget adjustments based on the need to either increase salaries or pay overtime.

NLRB – In Your Business

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives both union and non-union employees the right to engage in protected concerted activities, such as discussing wages and other terms and conditions of employment. Employers can expect the National Labor Relations Board to continue its aggressive enforcement of these rights based on employment actions or policies that allegedly violate Section 7.  Employers should review their policies on confidentiality, social media, investigations, and other employee communications to ensure compliance with the NLRA.

EEOC – Pay Disclosure Requirements on the Horizon

On January 29, President Obama announced a new executive action, beginning in 2017, that will require employers with 100 or more employees to submit information to the EEOC about employee pay broken down by gender, race and ethnicity. The executive action amends the current EEO-1 form to add 12 pay bands to each general job category contained in the form.

The EEOC indicated that it will use this information to create compensation benchmarks based on industry and metropolitan area. The agency could initiate investigations and litigation based on disparities suspected from the pay information. These disclosure requirements should prompt employers to focus now on their internal pay practices and pay equity to identify and correct discovered problems.