Biden Administration to End COVID-19 PHE on May 11

Originally published in the February 2, 2023, issue of MGMA’s Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from MGMA

The Biden Administration announced that it plans to end the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. This decision comes after multiple renewals over the past three years. MGMA appreciates that the Administration heeded our call to provide at least 90-days’ notice prior to concluding the PHE. The end of the PHE will have ramifications for a variety of flexibilities afforded by the pandemic over the last several years, such as HIPAA penalty waivers, controlled substance prescription waivers, and COVID-19 testing and treatment coverage.

For more information on the flexibilities that will conclude along with the PHE, download MGMA’s member-exclusive resource.

Welcome New Members

Our membership continues to grow! Take a look at the list of healthcare professionals and students who have recently joined NCMGMA (December 30, 2022, through January 27, 2023):


  • Edmund Allen, Eagle Physicians & Associates PA, Greensboro, NC
  • Jenny Beal, Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat, Raleigh, NC
  • Brenda Carter, Surgery Partners at Wilmington SurgCare, Wilmington, NC
  • Brandon Enfinger, Pinehurst Medical Clinic Inc, Pinehurst, NC
  • Ivy Johnson, Mountain View Pediatrics, P.A., Morganton, NC
  • Clay Locklear, Atruim Health, Charlotte, NC
  • William Massengill, Benson Health, Benson, NC
  • Thomas Maynor II, MD, MPH, Children’s Health of Carolina PA, Lumberton, NC
  • Carmen McDaniels, Carolina Specialty Care PA, Statesville, NC
  • Tyler Shear, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC
  • Stephanie Walker, Greensboro AHEC, Greensboro, NC


  • Steve Brooks, Brooks Network Services, LLC, Gibsonville, NC
  • Krishnan Gopalakrishnan, Plannery, Palo Alto, CA


  • Sarah Ahmad, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Durham, NC
  • Dana Crosson, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Karen Entrekin, Gillings School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Marissa Glover, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Laurel, MD
  • Kwoklin Lee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morrisville, NC

February 21st Webinar: Legislation, Expectations and Advocacy, Oh My!

February Lunch & Learn Webinar:
Legislation, Expectations and Advocacy, Oh My!

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Presented by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in partnership with the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association, we invite you to join in as the NCMS Legislative Advocacy Team, including Thomas Kincheloe, NCMS Director of Legislative Affairs, take a look at what to expect in the 2023 legislative session in North Carolina, and how it may impact your practice and patients.

The key objectives for this webinar are:

  • Review the 2022 election results and how they impact your practice and patients.
  • Introduce you to the 2023 advocacy agenda.
  • Highlight bills that have been filed (so far) and what to expect.
  • Put a spotlight on where your advocacy efforts are needed and how.


This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with the webinar link and phone-in instructions. Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the confirmation email after you register. Space is limited so register early!


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

NC Practice, Magnolia Place, Featured in MGMA Connection

The January issue of MGMA’s Connection magazine features an article titled “Laying the Foundation for Behavior Health Integration.” The article, written by Christian Greene, MA, discusses the increasing rise of behavior health conditions in patients and the opportunity our industry faces to integrate behavior care with existing expertise in medical practices. Magnolia Place Obstetrics, Gynecology & Wellness, in Greenville, NC, led by NCMGMA board member Carrilee Andreu-Neel, CMPE, is blazing the integration trail and is featured in the article for their “self-designed hybrid model of care.”

Carrilee Dale Andreu-Neel, Practice Success Administrator for Magnolia Place Obstetrics, Gynecology & Wellness, reads the January issue of MGMA’s Connection.

Read the complete article online here or you can access a digital copy of the January issue of Connection here.

Annual Conference Registration Open: Join Us May 17-19 in Charleston

Annual Conference Registration is Open
Join Us this May in Charleston

Jen Hamilton is a labor and delivery nurse from North Carolina who accidentally found TikTok fame during the pandemic by sharing her real, authentic, and hilarious thoughts on healthcare, motherhood, and life. She’s been featured in news outlets like Daily Mail, the New York Post, and Good Morning America, and she’s our Welcome and General Session speaker for Thursday, May 18th, presenting “The Power of Small: Creating Small Connections that Can Change Everything.” Learn more.

Attendee registration is now open! Browse this post or click here to see this year’s highlights and make plans to join us today!

New! Wednesday Charleston Tours

We’re adding more fun to this year’s conference. On Wednesday evening we’ll be offering three tours of Charleston. Whether you’re interested in food, cocktails or a little bit of history and scare, we’ve got something for everyone to enjoy!

Savor the Flavors of Charleston
6:30pm – 9:00pm

In Charleston’s delicious, award-winning food, you taste more than a chef’s skill and passion, you taste the vibrant flavors from farmers’ fields, the bounty from the waters, and more than 300 years of rich history, culture and culinary tradition.

Pricing – $125 per person (without alcohol) & $175 per person (with alcohol).

Ghost and Graveyard
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Charleston’s rich history brings with it incredible stories — and ghosts! In a city that’s endured everything from war, slavery, earthquakes, and hurricanes to financial prosperity and artistic achievement, ghosts, haunted places, and legends are everywhere.

Pricing – $40 per person.

Toast of the Town
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Charleston’s talent for entertaining is world renowned! Join us and visit the quaint bars of three of Charleston’s most popular, upscale boutique inns, and learn about how this colonial port city became known as one of the best places to raise a toast.

Pricing – $95 per person

Learn more about our Wednesday evening tours and additional Annual Conference highlights here.

Hotel Accommodations

The Charleston Marriott, overlooking the Ashley River, offers easy access to beautiful downtown historic Charleston, the old city market and great dining and entertainment. The NCMGMA room block rate is $205 per night. Learn more.

Register Today!

Online registration is now open. Full conference costs start at $425 for members. See all of our conference pricing here. To register today, please follow the online registration link below.


If you have any questions about the Annual Conference, please contact
the NCMGMA offices at

Next Week is National Medical Group Practice Week

Next week is National Medical Group Practice Week (NMGPW)! From all of us at NCMGMA, we say thank you to all the healthcare professionals, industry partners and students for your drive, your commitment to excellence and your passion for providing and supporting exceptional healthcare in North Carolina.  Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

2023 European Trip Registration is Open: Sign Up Today!

European Trip Registration is Open
Join us for this unique healthcare travel experience

NCMGMA is bringing a unique opportunity to the North Carolina healthcare community October 1-7, 2023. We are creating a customized travel experience for attendees, offering two fantastic European cities: Geneva, Switzerland, and Milan, Italy. This is a chance to site see, network, hear different perspectives in the healthcare world, and learn from international leaders.

Trip Goals:

This trip offers an opportunity for like-minded attendees to both learn and network together, two valuable pillars of our organization’s mission. It’s also a chance to explore Europe and to observe the delivery of healthcare from a European and world point of view.

What’s Included:

Package includes 6 nights centrally located hotel accommodation; transfers between airport and hotel; welcome event; city tours with guides and dinner in Geneva / lunch in Milan; daily breakfast; meals where listed as included; Geneva City Pass, one way rail ticket between Geneva and Milan; transportation for tours not designated as walking and to organizations in Geneva; onsite group host; and all guide and driver gratuities.

2023 Trip Package Price:

The Single Adult in Room cost is $4,525 per adult and the Two Adults in Room cost is $3,100 per adult. Pricing is per person and doesn’t include the cost of travel insurance. Insurance is available at $150 per person and is non-refundable after purchase.

Questions & More Information:

Please contact Melinda Webb Huggan of Dreams & Destinations at, or by phone at 1-866-585-1631 (Toll Free).

New Master Class Preview Video and Only 6 Spots Left

NCMGMA’s Productive Practice Leaders
2023 Master Class

February 23-24 | Graylyn Estate | Winston-Salem, NC

Click the thumbnail image to view Mary Kelly’s preview of the 2023 Master Class program!

NCMGMA’s 2022 Master Class was such a success, we’re launching an encore event in 2023 with Mary Kelly! This year’s Master Class is another opportunity for practice administrators, managers, and industry leaders to gather and learn together.

Revisit some of the highlights of Mary’s wildly popular 2022 NCMGMA Master Class program and experience her NEW work that showcases the importance of practice management leadership.

Master Class Take-aways:

  • New! Tactical Program, “Tiny Habits for Big Impacts.”
  • Each participant will receive a hard cover book, Five Minute Leadership Guide, by Mary Kelly, and Mary’s newest white paper, “The Burnout Crisis in Health Care.”
  • 12-month Practice Managers Planning Guide along with 14 of the best 5-minute templates for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
  • NCMGMA Productive Practice Leaders certificate of completion.
  • Mary’s treasure chest of resources including takeaways on management, leadership, focus, productivity, practice growth, and resiliency.

Master Class Program

The NCMGMA Productive Practice Leaders 2023 Master Class is a two-day leadership program designed to give healthcare practice leaders an opportunity to return to their practice with proven tools to be a healthier and more effective leader. Take time for yourself and your professional development and make plans to join us in Winston-Salem in February!

Thursday, February 23th

11:30am – 5:00pm
Lunch & Programming
Tiny Habits for Big Impacts

How to help your team make small, easy changes to make a significant difference in their careers, productivity, and happiness.

Butler Tour & Dinner

Take a stroll through the Manor House with one of the Graylyn Estate butlers. Learn the history of the estate, hear some of its intriguing stories and experience the true meaning of “spared no expense.” Afterwards, join fellow attendees for dinner.

Friday, February 24th

7:00am – 8:00am

Start the day with your fellow attendees. Enjoy a sit-down breakfast networking and preparing for another informative session from Master Class programming leader Mary Kelly.

8:00am – 11:30am
Leading Through the Burnout

No other industry has experienced the rate of change or the intensity of change as the medical community. In her latest research, Mary studied physician and staff burnout, and most importantly, what to do about it.

Programming Leader

Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D.
Commander, U.S. Navy (ret)

CEO, Productive Leaders
Mary specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity, especially in finance, insurance, real estate, and manufacturing. One of the first female graduates of the Naval Academy, Mary served 25 years on active duty, mostly in Asia, leading multi-cultural teams in nine countries. Her remarkable career of service included working as an intelligence officer, a chief of police, an HR director, and a chief of staff, as well as training more than 40,000 military personnel.

About the Graylyn Estate

The former residence of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman Gray, the estate is an extensive part of North Carolina history. Just minutes from downtown, Graylyn’s vast 55-acre property allows visitors to experience a world away from the bustle of city streets. A perfect combination of a modern, sophisticated conference facility and an enchanting, historic residence, Graylyn is sure to captivate from the moment you arrive.

Registration and Costs

There are only 10 seats left for this year’s Master Class course. Registration is INCLUSIVE of all meals and one night’s accommodation at the Graylyn Estate. The NCMGMA member rate is $799 and the non-member rate is $899.


If you have any questions about the 2023 Master Class, please contact the NCMGMA offices at

COVID-19 PHE Renewed

Originally published in the January 12, 2023, issue of MGMA’s Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from MGMA

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) yesterday. This renewal extends the PHE through mid-April 2023 and has implications for Medicare telehealth, COVID-19 testing, and other waivers. HHS has reiterated its promise to give a 60 days’ notice before letting the PHE expire.

While many telehealth flexibilities are tied to the PHE, it is important to note that the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, does ensure certain ones will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2024, regardless of PHE status.

More information may be found in MGMA Government Affairs’ newly updated telehealth resource.

Message from the NCMGMA Past President Matt Johnson

Dear Members,

Serving as the NCMGMA President this past year has been a great privilege. Without question, the highest reward has been developing new relationships with so many talented leaders and strengthening relationships with old friends. An organization is only as good as its members, and NCMGMA truly stands out with so many giving individuals that are always generous with their time and knowledge.

It isn’t easy to pull together volunteers to sit on committees, be engaged, and share their talents. We are fortunate to have so many willing to serve as chapter officers, committee chairs and members, and board of director officers. It is a time commitment that can pull you from regular day-to-day responsibilities, and your sacrifice to serve is extraordinary. Thank you for your servant leadership and for being an example for us all.

For those yet to serve on a committee or as a chapter officer, I encourage you to do so. Your ideas will be welcomed, and you will be supported regardless of your experience. This is a wonderful way to learn and give back. Please consider this as you progress as an NCMGMA member.

2022 was filled with accomplishments; too many to name them all. Let me highlight a few of them that stand out.

We had an incredibly successful Spring Conference at the Wilmington Convention Center. As meeting in person returned and gained momentum, we had a strong turnout for the event. Our affiliate members and Alliance sponsors showed up in full force, allowing us to host a fantastic experience for participants. Beyond the talented slate of speakers, the networking and roundtable activities provided many excellent exchanges. The conference closed with solid representation from our Advocacy Committee and our friends from the NC Medical Society.

A first for our organization took place later in the Spring when we held our first-ever Master Class in Winston-Salem. Sandra Jarrett and the Education Committee went to great lengths to put together an incredible two-day event featuring renowned speaker Mary Kelly, who knocked everyone’s socks off. This event was so successful that we decided to do it again in 2023. Registration is open so don’t wait long to enroll, as this event will sell out fast!

The final big event of the year was our Fall Conference, held in Cherokee, NC. The newly renovated convention center at Harrah’s Casino made for the perfect venue to meet. Todd Pittman and the Conference Committee once again outdid themselves with the slate of speakers and activities at this conference. The vendor hall was packed, and lots of fun was had by all. The work for the 2023 conferences started almost immediately after the Fall Conference, so stay tuned for more.

In a time when we have seen the competition for employees at its most significant in recent history, we have leaned on each other for ideas for attracting and retaining talent. The listserv has been an incredible resource for us. Additionally, there may not be a more critical time than now to have an up-to-date Salary Survey as we evaluate our current payroll. We are fortunate to have this tool, as many states do not. Participation is crucial for it to continue and to remain relevant. Thank you to Frank Chitty and that Committee for putting this together, and thank you to all who have supplied data.

I thought I could be brief with this update, but there were just too many accomplishments that needed acknowledging, and I’m sure I’m leaving some out.

Another one that stands out for me was watching the growth of our Student Outreach Committee. John Clement and Lee Katherine Ayerhart led this committee to see a greater increase in student participants than we have had in years! We have also seen a resurgence of the Wilmington Chapter, which is very exciting. I can’t wait to see what’s next for our organization.

None of these achievements would be possible without the sage leadership of our Executive Director, Melissa Klingberg. She is a tireless worker and the glue that keeps us all together. Serving beside her was an honor and privilege.

I’ve had the luxury of seeing some previews of things ahead for 2023. With NCMGMA’s 2022-23 president, you can count on a fantastic year with Chad Ghorley at the helm. Please support him, as so many of you have helped me, as we continue to be the “leaders for tomorrow’s healthcare.”

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Johnson, MA, MBA
NCMGMA Immediate Past President