Virtual Advocacy Days Kicks Off this Thursday, May 28th


Advocacy Days Reinvented with 5+ Webinars
Hear the Issues. Meet the Experts. Take Action Now!

webinar-graphic1As the healthcare industry in North Carolina faces unprecedented challenges, now more than ever, we need to take action to advocate on behalf of our practices and our profession.

While we are unable to meet in person in Raleigh this year, we are looking forward to coming together, virtually, for this multi-webinar legislative program.

All NCMGMA Advocacy Days webinars are free for NCMGMA Members
and $35 each for non-members.

Mark your calendars and register
for all Advocacy Days webinars

Thursday, May 28, 2020
2:00 PM EDT
Chip Baggett, Juris Doctor
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Advancement;
Associate General Counsel
North Carolina Medical Society
Join us as we sit down with Chip Baggett to hear about the many hot topics affecting medical practices in North Carolina.
Members use discount code: MEMBER2020
Click here to register online today

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
2:30 PM EDT
Dale Folwell, CPA
Treasurer, North Carolina State Department
Make plans to join us on Wednesday, June 3rd. This is your opportunity to hear first-hand how North Carolina’s Treasury Department initiatives will affect your practice.
Members use discount code: MEMBER2020
Click here to register online today

Friday, June 5, 2020
10:00 AM EDT
Wayne Goodwin
Former NC Insurance Commissioner
and Current Candidate
Wayne Goodwin will share his experience and knowledge as Insurance Commissioner for North Carolina as it relates to our current healthcare climate.
Members use discount code: MEMBER2020
Click here to register online today

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
2:00 PM EDT
Dr. Mandy Cohen
Secretary of the North Carolina Department
of Health and Human Services
Dr. Cohen is on the front lines of North Carolina’s response to COVID-19. Hear her perspective on coronavirus’ effect on North Carolina’s healthcare industry and what the future may hold.
Members use discount code: MEMBER2020
Click here to register online today

There’s more to come! Keep checking our Advocacy Days
webpage for additional webinars and engagement sessions.

Thank you to Curi for sponsoring our Advocacy Days webinars.


If you have any questions about Advocacy Days, please contact the NCMGMA offices at

Physician Practice Helping Employers Manage Medical Cost, Quality


Physician Practice Helping Employers
Manage Medical Cost, Quality

This interview is part of a new collaborative series made possible by Business of Healthcare (BOH) and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA). These interviews further our mission to provide high-level continuing education content for our members while highlighting key players and issues in North Carolina’s healthcare industry.

In this interview:
Physician Practice Helping Employers Manage Medical Cost, Quality

james260aJeff James, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Wilmington Health

Large employers provide health insurance for about half of insured Americans but face enormous barriers managing medical costs. Wilmington Health CEO Jeff James joined BOH to describe how they help large employers overcome these obstacles to achieve better cost and quality. The interview was part of a series co-sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association.

Follow this link to view the interview video

Continuing Education Credit

By reading, watching or listening to the full interview, you may self-report to earn 0.5 hours Continuing Education Credits for Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) or Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) credentials.

NCMGMA and BOH thank Mako Medical Laboratories
for helping to make this interview series possible.

About the Business of Healthcare

BOH was founded as a forum and information exchange for the 40,000 decision-makers leading hospitals and health systems, physician practices, pharma, device, and senior living as well as government and commercial payers. These leaders, and innovators serving them, join Business of Healthcare interviews to solve the complex issues they face together.

Hosted by Matthew Hanis, each interview balances Margin & Mission: making good healthcare accessible to all. New subscribers come to BOH through your referrals. Please share our content with your colleagues and invite them to join our expert community.

BOH-NCMGMA Interviews

Interviews published in the Business of Healthcare (BOH) and North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) interview series contains the expressed opinions and experiences of the interview subjects and do not necessarily represent the position of NCMGMA.

Interested in Participating?
If you are interested in being interviewed or have a tip on someone who would be a great interview candidate, please contact Melissa Klingberg in the NCMGMA offices at

Why Leaders Must Continue Growing

By Tracy Spears, Founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab (

ac18-ts200aYou can’t lead anyone if you aren’t committed to your own personal growth. How can you be trusted to help cultivate other people’s potential when you aren’t living up to your own? It’s one of the biggest reasons people ultimately fail at developing other people . . . their people simply outgrow them.

Most people are utilizing the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it.” Let me be clear . . . it’s okay to fake it for a while, provided you are also doing the work that will ensure you continue to grow in your role.

How can you be an amazing leader if you aren’t continuing to improve personally? If deep down you don’t feel deserving of success? I can’t tell you how many incredibly talented people I’ve met that have no idea how special they are. How does that happen? Was it something their parents said? A teacher that embarrassed them during class? A coach pushing too hard? A spouse? (or ex-spouse) A sibling? How can someone give all of their power to someone who is probably not even living up to their own potential?

People spend millions of dollars on books, seminars, psychologists, and life coaches, trying to “live their best life,” yet never really master it. Hey, just the fact that you want to “up your personal game” is a huge part of the battle, but what more can you be doing?

Have you ever met or spent time with someone that has made a commitment to grow or improve their life? Do they continue to be curious about new things? Do they seem to be living a BIGGER life than you? Don’t you love spending time with them?

Or maybe you were that person! You were on the right path, you had it figured out, and then one day . . . poof . . . the spark was gone. The energy that made you jump out of bed somehow disappeared. Perhaps someone you value threw a big bucket of water on the “fire” that was fueling you. Maybe you just jumped in a big pool and extinguished yourself by being complacent. Over time, you started to buy into what you believed were flaws about yourself. You accepted them as the “truth.”

Here are a few questions for you to consider:

  • Do you think you need to make some changes in your routines?
  • What do you think is holding your back?
  • What are you most passionate about?
  • What are your self-limiting beliefs?
  • What is the worst thing someone has ever said about you?
  • Is what they said true?
  • How does that statement play out in your life day to day?
  • Who is on your personal Board of Directors? (who is giving you counsel?)
  • What are you proactively doing to make your life BIGGER?

It would take days to answer these simple questions. Most people have never thought about their own self-limiting beliefs, the deep-down feelings of self-worth. After a lot of introspection, I can absolutely guarantee you people come to the conclusion that there are things they are unconsciously believing that aren’t even true.

I love the title of Byron Katie’s book, “Who Would You Be Without Your Story?” You don’t even have to read the book (but you should) to understand the point. What is your success story? What do you believe deep down in your gut you truly deserve? It’s important to know because it will define you at some point. It will drive you or sabotage you, and it’s totally your choice. Leading people effectively requires an in-depth understanding of your own self-limiting beliefs and a huge dose of personal awareness, neither of which is easy to ascertain.

Let this be the time that you finally do something about the old tapes playing in your head that have been holding you back. There are people depending on you . . . co-workers, spouses, bosses, children . . . and YOU.

Note: Tracy Spears is one of the keynote and breakout session speakers of the 2018 NCMGMA Annual Conference, scheduled for May 9-11 at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, NC.  To learn more about her sessions and the complete event details, follow this link.