Message from NCMGMA President Matt Johnson


After a tumultuous 2020, we had so much hope for a better year in 2021. Little did we know, the pandemic was not finished wreaking its havoc and with 2022 fast approaching, do we dare say, “the worst is behind us?” Being a glass-half-full kind of guy, I’m going out on a limb to say, “Yes! 2022 is going to be a better year!”

I know for sure that without NCMGMA, my work-life would have been much more complicated these past two years. Networking with colleagues on our member listserv alone has been worth the price of our dues, and then some. I have heard repeatedly about how the listserv aided healthcare leaders in our state to make key decisions for their practices through these unprecedented times. There was a comfort in feeling we were not alone facing these extreme challenges.

As your incoming president, I want to take this time to first thank you all for being active participants in this incredible organization. We are comprised of many of the finest minds in healthcare, not only in North Carolina but the nation. Collectively, we can make significant impacts on how healthcare is delivered in our state. There is much strength in numbers, and when we work together on common goals, there is no stopping us. Connecting is the key!

So, what are our common goals? Surely, we are more than just a networking platform to bounce ideas off of when we need some help on the listserv. To help answer this question, let’s reflect on our Vision and Mission statements. Too often, these statements are dismissed as perfunctory relics we brush the dust off of every now and then but never really use for their designed purpose. And, what is that purpose? The vision is what you want to accomplish, and the mission is how you will achieve this vision.

Sounds simple, right? But let’s dig deeper because there is much more. We develop strategies from the vision and mission, and within these strategies, you will find those common goals I mentioned earlier. Under the astute leadership of our immediate past-president, Amanda McKinney, she facilitated the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan for NCMGMA that included one-year, three-year, and five-year goals with the help of our Leadership Council. While it was a tedious but fun process, Amanda forced us to think and put our thoughts on paper to memorialize the work. Leadership all agree this strategic plan must be a living document and a roadmap for moving NCMGMA forward.

If you have not seen this document yet, let me highlight a few of the goals:

  • Grow our public profile – Maintain connections by enhancing our list of contacts from available resources. Continue to work with NC healthcare thought leaders.
  • Advocacy – Conduct quarterly calls with the Advocacy Committee chairs to maintain and improve this pillar of the organization.
  • Strengthen committees – Engage members through committees that touch on practice pain points.
  • New member engagement – Announce committee meetings on e-news – onboarding/education to new members on strengths of NCMGMA.

I encourage you to reflect on these goals and ask yourself how you can contribute to our successful achievement of them. Join a committee, contribute to the listserv, call your Legislator! There are many ways to help.

Something almost all of you can do now is participate in the 2021 Salary Survey. There may never have been a time when this has been more important. We are all too familiar with the workforce challenges businesses are experiencing across all industries throughout the country. Healthcare is not exempt from these challenges, and we find ourselves competing with one and other for employees and with sectors that were not competitors in the past.

Even if you have completed the survey in the past, please do so again. The market has changed dramatically for many positions, and this survey will give us the data to go to our respective organizations to adjust wages, if necessary, to be competitive. If you have never completed the survey, I implore you to please do so. Don’t wait. Although it can be more time-consuming than your basic survey, the information is extremely valuable. The more data we have, the better. By completing at least 75% of the survey, you qualify to receive your own free copy. I cannot think of a more relevant benchmark than this to assist us with managing our teams. Also, if you know other healthcare leaders who are not NCMGMA members, they too can complete the survey and receive the data. Please get the word out and, please, participate in this important exercise.

And finally, please commit to connecting with other NCMGMA members in 2022. Don’t underestimate the power of connectivity. We can achieve more together. My commitment to you all is to humbly serve in my role as president while following the comprehensive roadmap developed by my predecessors.

I look forward to connecting with you in 2022.

Matt Johnson, MA, MBA
NCMGMA 2021-2022 President

Free November 16 Webinar: Legislative Update

November Lunch & Learn Webinar
Legislative Update

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST | Zoom

Join us as we hear from attorney Dave Horne from Smith Anderson, who will provide a year-end Legislative Update. Tune in to learn about what happened this year and what we’re anticipating for 2022!


Dave Horne, JD
Attorney, Smith Anderson

Dave Horne was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” for Raleigh Government Relations by Best Lawyers®. He manages the Government Relations practice at Smith Anderson and leads a team of professionals in the firm’s Corporate Relocation and Expansion practice.

Dave has spent nearly 30 years representing private interests – including many non-profit associations, medical groups and businesses – before the North Carolina General Assembly and other state and federal government entities. For more than a decade, he has rated in the top twenty of more than 700 lobbyists registered in the State by an independent survey of his peers, the press, and legislators, conducted by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research Inc.


This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

Continuing education credit may be granted through your professional organization (MGMA, PAHCOM, AHIMA, etc.). Please self-submit for these organizations.


For questions or more information please contact the NC Medical Society Foundation offices at

Introducing Our 2021-2022 Board of Directors

On Thursday, October 7th, during our Annual Business meeting at the 2021 Fall Conference in Asheville, we voted in our 2021-2022 Board of Directors. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new association leadership!

2021- 2022 NCMGMA Board of Directors

Matthew Johnson, MA, MBA
Wake Internal Medical Consultants, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

Chad Ghorley
Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, PA
Gastonia, NC

Charles Furr, MHA
Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center, PA
Charlotte, NC

Lisa Hooks, MBA, CMPE
Mt. Olive Family Medicine Center
Mt. Olive, NC

Board Member
Emily Ainsley
Greenville Pathology P.A.
Greenville, NC

Board Member
Amber Popham, CIC, CRM
Raleigh, NC

We also want to say “thank you” to all of our 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Your commitment to the organization is second to none!

Education, 50th Anniversary Celebration, & Awards Take Center-stage at the NCMGMA Fall Conference in Asheville!

North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) came together last week in Asheville, October 6-8, 2021, for our annual Fall Conference. This year’s conference took over the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, where 150+ attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors enjoyed continuing education from some of the nation’s best thought leaders, participated in in-person networking on site and at Highland Brewing Company, and experienced the sold out exhibit hall full of products and services driving healthcare management to new levels.

Thank you to everyone who pulled away from their busy practices to join us. Thank you to all of our speakers and exhibitors for sharing your knowledge and expertise, and thank you to our sponsors for your continued support of our organization: we couldn’t do it without you. And, lastly, thank you to our volunteers for leading the organization and keeping us moving in the right direction: your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed.

Please browse this post to see all that took place last week and to see what’s in store for NCMGMA, through the end of 2021 and beyond.

50th Anniversary

NCMGMA was founded in 1971, out of a need to provide North Carolina’s professional administrator with a rich source of information and contacts for professional growth. Fifty years later, we’re still going strong and continuing to serve executives and managers of private group practices, academic medical centers, integrated delivery systems, and companies that support medical provider organizations in North Carolina.

This summer, we interviewed some of our association’s past presidents, asking them to share their thoughts on leadership and NCMGMA. Click here and on the image below to see what they had to say.

Practice of the Year Award

Each year, NCMGMA and First Citizens Bank recognize a medical group practice that has made a significant contribution to their community, patients and/or staff. For our 8th annual award, we are proud to recognize StarMed Healthcare as our Practice of the Year! The award also includes a $3000 donation to the winner’s foundation of choice. StarMed selected Foundation of the Carolinas as their designated foundation. Congratulations StarMed!

President’s Award

The President’s Award is given to a member of NCMGMA for outstanding service and contribution to the association, its members and medical practice management. This year’s award was presented to Doral Jacobsen, MBA, FACMPE, partner with Prosper Beyond LLC. Doral has been a strong supporter of NCMGMA, the Chair of our Payer Contracting Committee, and veteran speaker for our annual and virtual events.

(L-R): Doral Jacobsen and 2020-21 NCMGMA President Amanda McKinney

Community Service Project

NCMGMA staff, volunteers and conference attendees gathered on Thursday, October 7th to prepare meal bags for the Brenner Children’s Inpatient Food Pantry, a new project serving patients and their families. All admitted patients to the pediatric acute care floor are screened for food insecurity and if screened positive, receive daily access to their food pantry which provides meals and snacks to parents while their children are admitted. The service project packed around 84 meal bags for Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for one of our 2022 events!

  • 2022 Annual Conference
    May 18-20
    Wilmington Convention Center & Embassy Suites Hotel
    Wilmington, NC
  • 2022 Fall Conference
    September 14-16
    Harrah’s – See the new Conference Center!
    Cherokee, NC
  • Monthly Webinars
    Stay on top of what’s happening in healthcare and practice management. Most webinars are free to members!

Visit the events page of the NCMGMA website to all that we have coming up!

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Free September 21st Webinar: Virtual Hot Topics Roundtable

September Lunch & Learn Webinar
A Virtual Hot Topics Roundtable

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT | Zoom

Presented by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in cooperation with the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association, we are trying something new this month with an open forum, virtual roundtable to address a few of the key areas challenging practices across the state:

  • Workforce recruiting and retention
  • Medicaid Transformation
  • Prior Authorizations

This roundtable is an opportunity for providers and administrators to network, share challenges, best practices, and help guide advocacy efforts at all levels. Please share your concerns, questions, and any other hot topic suggestions when you register here.


This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

Continuing education credit may be granted through your professional organization (MGMA, PAHCOM, AHIMA, etc.). Please self-submit for these organizations.


For questions or more information please contact the NC Medical Society Foundation offices at

You’re Invited to the Fall Conference Reception Sponsored by Curi and Sentinel Risk Advisors

Make plans to join us for the Fall Conference by September 15th and enjoy discounts on your registration and hotel accommodations.

NCMGMA Annual Business Meeting l Slate of 2021-2022 Officers & Directors

NCMGMA Annual Business Meeting
and Slate of Officers & Directors

October 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

NCMGMA is hosting our Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, October 7th, beginning at 2:00 PM and we hope you will join us for this important gathering of our membership hosted during the NCMGMA Fall Conference in Asheville, NC.

The Annual Meeting agenda will include:

  • Overview of the organization’s activities
  • A financial update
  • Voting on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors and Slate of Officers

2021- 2022 NCMGMA Board of Directors Slate
Nominated Slate of Executive Board

Matthew Johnson, MA, MBA
Wake Internal Medical
Consultants, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

Chad Ghorley
Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports
Medicine Center, PA
Gastonia, NC

Charles Furr, MHA
Carolina Asthma & Allergy
Center, PA
Charlotte, NC

Lisa Hooks, MBA, CMPE
Mt. Olive Family
Medicine Center
Mt. Olive, NC

Nominated Slate of Directors

The following NCMGMA members have been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors. They will be voted in during the Annual Business Meeting.

Board seats are three-year terms beginning November 1, 2021, and ending October 31, 2024.*

Emily Ainsley
Greenville Pathology P.A.
Greenville, NC
*2-year term

Amber Popham, CIC, CRM
Raleigh, NC

2021 Mentoring Pilot Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a way to give back to the next generation of healthcare leadership? MGMA has a great opportunity! Meet with a mentee once a month (virtually). To be eligible to serve as a mentor, individuals:

  • Must have been a member of MGMA for several years.
  • Have at least 10+ years’ experience in healthcare industry.
  • Added bonus if they have obtained their CMPE or FACMPE credentials.

More information on this opportunity can be found here.

Recording: August 26th Lunch & Learn Webinar

August Lunch & Learn Webinar Recording
Second-Order Threats: Preparing for the Downstream

Effects & Risks of COVID-19

On Thursday, August 26th, Donna H. Nicholson, MBA, BSN, RN, CPCO, Senior Vice President of Risk Management at Curi, addressed the second-order impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of beginning to prepare to mitigate the downstream effects of the global crisis while taking the necessary steps to ensure the continued success of our practices.

Thank you to Donna Nicholson and to all of our webinar participants. Also, a big thank you to Curi for sponsoring this webinar.

Please click on the blue button link below to access the webinar recording. The passcode is F#JVEx7N. You can access a PDF copy of the webinar handouts here.


For questions, please contact the NCMGMA offices at

The Importance of Grassroots Advocacy: How You Can Make a Difference

The Importance of Grassroots Advocacy:
How You Can Make a Difference

September 1, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Virtual Event

The North Carolina Medical Society is pleased to announce a unique event for North Carolina physicians and physician assistants to convene with your colleagues who represent you and your profession in the NC General Assembly and the US House of Representatives.

Please join us for a one-hour interactive forum to hear about their experiences and their insights about physician engagement in advocacy activities.


Kristin Baker, MD
Member, N.C. House of Representatives
Child Psychiatrist, Concord, NC
Representing the 82nd District

Greg Murphy, MD
Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Urologist, Greenville, NC
Representing the 3rd District


Follow the button link to register online. A link to log in to the session will be forwarded to each registrant.


If you have any questions, please contact the NC Medical Society at