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NCPeds News Net-June 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017  
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NCPeds News Net
June 2017

Pediatricians at Duke express concern about proposed Medicaid cuts.


N.C. Pediatric Health Care Providers
Speak Out Loudly on Child Health

The United States Congress is debating a major change to health care that would dismantle Medicaid by capping funding and making other changes. In response, North Carolina pediatricians have been energetically speaking up and speaking out for child health.

On June 15th and June 22nd NCPeds' members took part in AAP's Action to Protect Medicaid. As part of the day of advocacy activities, pediatric health care providers across the state contacted Sens. Burr and Tillis to urge them to oppose any funding caps or cuts to Medicaid. NCPeds members also took to social media to voice their concerns about proposed cuts. The above image from Duke was part of the #DontCapMyCare and #KeepKidsCovered social media campaign. Other pediatricians took part in the statewide #IamMedicaid social media effort designed to share the real faces and stories of Medicaid.

Additionally multiple pediatricians had columns published. Raleigh's The News and Observer featured a June 3 op-ed column by a team of Duke pediatricians entitled, "Pediatricians: GOP's health care bill is bad for children" and a June 26 op-ed column by David T. Tayloe, Jr, MD, FAAP, entitled "A pediatricians plea: Stop Medicaid cuts that would hurt ill children." NCPeds President, Dr. W. Scott St. Clair's, MD, FAAP column "House health care plan would hurt N.C. more than most" was featured in the Viewpoint section of the June 15th The Charlotte Observer. St. Clair was also interviewed by North Carolina Health News about the impact of the proposed Medicaid cuts. "Any cut to Medicaid is a cut to kids, particularly lower income kids, particularly in more rural areas of North Carolina," said St. Clair. In North Carolina about 70% of Medicaid enrollees are children. Full story here.

NCPeds would like to thank everyone for making time to speak up for kids on the critical and on-going effort to preserve Medicaid from debilitating cuts and caps. Special thanks to NCPeds' Medicaid Task Force, especially co-chairs: Christoph Diasio, MD, FAAP and W. Scott St. Clair, MD, FAAP for their leadership on this issue.

This issue is far from resolved so please keep up all the good work. It is making a difference! We are hearing there could be another push to pass the bill prior to the August recess.




Register with NCPeds for the Annual Meeting by tomorrow, July 1st to receive the early bird discount and be entered to win a $250 Grove Park Inn gift certificate. The Grove Park Inn has a very limited number of guest rooms available so please reserve your guest room as soon as possible. See you in Asheville!

Meet the Co-chair
Sara Horstmann, MD, FAAP
Hospitalist Committee


Committee Spotlight
Thinking about Becoming More Involved in NCPeds?

Sara Horstmann from Carolinas Healthcare System isco-chair of the Hospitalist Committee. A native of Shelburne, Vermont and a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, she completed her training in Pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. After her chief year, she started the first pediatric hospitalist program in Rochester.


The newly formed NCPeds Hospitalists Committee will focus on engaging hospitalists into the work of the Society. With a focus on physician resilience, quality, and community, this group of highly motivated committee members who seek to attract young learners as well as seasoned veterans to engage in topics relevant to the hospitalist community. It’s an exciting addition to NCPeds work!


Sara is currently the division chief of inpatient pediatrics at Levine Children’s Hospital, and heads up the Southern Division of pediatric hospital medicine for Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte. She resides in Cornelius with her husband James, and her three children Charlie (11), Anna (10), and William (7). Sara is active in the community pediatrics arena, and is a proud member of the Carolinas Collaborative. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends by the pool, at the beach, and on the slopes.


Have you ever wondered about the focus of a NCPeds committee's work? Orthought about joining one?

Committee work is an excellent opportunity for members who want to become more involved in NCPeds. In fact, many current board members began their NCPeds involvement by serving on a committee.

There are numerous NCPeds committees from which to choose:

  • Early Career Physicians Committee
  • Finance and Development Committee
  • Hospitalist Committee
  • Medicaid Task Force
  • Membership Committee

In addition to NCPeds committee work, there are other opportunities to serve as well. We often receive requests from outside groups seeking pediatric health care professionals to serve on boards, committees and task forces.

In June we received requests from the North Carolina Child Care Commission and from the North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start.) We have already submitted candidates for these groups but we are certain to receive new requests from other committees and commissions soon. Please let NCPeds know if you would like to be considered for future requests.




Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • 2017 Annual Meeting, Friday, August 18-20, 2017 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville
  • Career Day PL-3, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham
  • Career Day PL-2, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham


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