Liana Puscas Elected to National Board of Medical Examiners
NCSOHNS Past President (2008-2009) Dr. Liana Puscas (Durham) has been elected to the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) as a member representing the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Puscas is an associate professor of surgery within the Division of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences at Duke University. Please join the NCSOHNS in congratulating Dr. Puscas on her achievement!
Eileen Raynor Elected to NCMS Board of Directors
NCSOHNS Past President Eileen Raynor, MD, FACS, FAAP (Durham) has been elected to the NC Medical Society's Board of Directors. Dr. Raynor shares, "I would like to positively impact the quality of life for North Carolina citizens and its physicians through advocacy and collaboration. As a member of the NCMS Board, we will be able to help shape the future of health care for all of North Carolina." Congratulations, Dr. Raynor!
Dr. Raynor has held numerous leadership positions in the NCSOHNS, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the NC Medical Society. She served as NCSOHNS President 2013-2014 and is presently the NCSOHNS Representative to the AAO-HNS Board of Governors. She has served on the NCMS Legislative Cabinet, the NCMS Medical Education Committee and the NCMS Membership and Communications Advisory Committee. She is also an alumna of the prestigious NCMS Leadership College, class of 2012. Dr. Raynor is on faculty with the Department of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences at Duke University Health System.
The North Carolina Medical Society Board of Directors (NCMS BOD) is comprised of four executive members, four regional representatives and five at-large members. The NCMS BOD meets several times throughout the year and seeks feedback from the membership on any health policy issues of concern. Get to know your NCMS Board better by reading member bios on the NCMS website.
NCSOHNS Advocacy Opportunities
All is quiet on Jones Street at the moment, but several big policy issues will be addressed when the legislature convenes in mid-May for the 2018 short session. Physicians will have just over one month to advance (or derail) legislation impacting patient care and health care payment. This includes proposed legislation that would expand the scopes of practice of optometrists (HB 36) and advanced practice registered nurses (HB 88/SB 73), proposed restrictions on your ability to bill patients for out-of-network care (SB 629), and expansion of insurance coverage for the working poor (HB 662).
Although some of the aforementioned bills are technically not eligible for consideration in 2018 due to procedure rules, we anticipate that each of these issues will be brought for consideration in some manner in the coming year. Also of note, the General Assembly announced on Nov. 9 that a legislative study committee has been assigned to study access to healthcare in rural NC, to include the physician shortage and its impact, solutions that other states have used to address physician shortage, and eye care access. The committee roster is available on the NC General Assembly website.
2018 Otolaryngology White Coat Wednesday at the Legislature
Each year, the NCSOHNS and the NC Medical Society join forces to present an otolaryngology advocacy day in Raleigh. White Coat Wednesday events include a legislative briefing at the NCMS office, meetings with legislators, attendance at legislative committee meetings, and a debriefing lunch. To help us identify a date that will support the greatest possible attendance, please complete our date picker poll to indicate all dates you could be available to meet with legislators in Raleigh. This is a free event and always a rewarding experience. Practicing, retired and resident physicians are invited to participate.
Political Advocacy 101
Engaging with legislators in Raleigh is just one component of an effective advocacy strategy. To be highly effective, otolaryngologists need to incorporate regular meetings with legislators into your schedules and support legislators' election campaigns.
Participating in candidate fundraisers are an excellent way to show support for our elected officials who deal with legislation impacting the medical profession and patient care. In fact, they are an essential part of our representative democracy! Politically-engaged citizens like you help to ensure the election of candidates who are open to hearing our concerns and appreciate our position on key legislative issues impacting patient care.
You will find that your elected representatives in the NC House and Senate are very accessible and genuinely appreciate the opportunity to answer your questions and hear your concerns. If you don't know who represents you in the General Assembly, you can look up your House and Senate representatives on the General Assembly website. If you would like scheduling assistance, coaching or a legislative briefing, please contact the NCSOHNS at firstname.lastname@example.org.