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NCPeds News Net -- December 2018

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NCPeds News Net
December 2018


2018: Working Together for NC's Children and Adolescents

This past year was an incredible one for NCPeds and for pediatrics in North Carolina.

Through the ongoing help of our members and partners, we were able to accomplish so much toward our vision of “optimizing the health, well-being and futures of North Carolina’s infants, children, and adolescents.”

As we look back on 2018, we wanted to share some of the key accomplishments that were achieved through the hard work of our members, board members, committee chairs and members, partners, staff and countless others.

A few of the highlights of 2018 were:

  • Successful payment of the vaccine administrative action which resulted in an estimated $12-$15 million in back payments to providers for vaccine administration
  • Strong medical homes for children and youth in foster care served by more than 100 practices across NC through Fostering Health NC
  • Announcement of a provider rate increase for Medicaid to start in 2019
  • Additional federal and other dollars brought to NC for work on child health issues, including mental and behavioral health
  • Engaged Academic Center Partners through site visits, participation in Grand Rounds and conducting of advocacy training, including encouraging participation in White Coat Wednesday
  • Timely information sharing on disaster preparedness and response, including information on safe vaccine storage, payment information and resources to help children cope with trauma
  • Advocacy work to ensure the pediatric perspective informs NC’s Medicaid Reform transition, including championing issues related to network adequacy/access to care, protections for vulnerable populations, administrative ease, payment adequacy and promoting EPSDT
  • Targeted educational opportunities for members, including an All Medicaid Reform Open Forum with potential health plans and Career Days for residents
  • Representation on dozens of Boards, Commissions and other groups working on child health issues

As we look ahead to 2019, we are already continuing this excellent work and striving to serve the children and adolescents of our state.None of this would have been possible without the help and support of our members! Thank you for everything you do to help advance pediatrics in our state.

To support NCPeds’ ongoing efforts visit NCPeds' secure online site.



2018 General Fund

It's not too late to donate to the 2018 NCPeds General Fund.

Donate today and help NCPeds meet our mission to empower pediatricians and our partners to foster the physical, social and emotional well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

All contributions must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

Donate at NCPeds' secure online site.

Meet NCPeds' Leaders
Jane Foy, MD, FAAP
AAP Board of Directors

Why I Support NCPeds

By John Rusher, MD, JD, FAAP

 Former NCPeds President

For nearly five decades, Jane Foy has been dedicated to helping children.

"What I have most enjoyed about pediatrics has been the opportunity to pursue a worthy mission—the betterment of children’s health—in multiple satisfying and interesting roles, often several at once: primary care physician, medical director, public health professional, medical teacher, child advocate, non-profit board member, author, and editor,"she said. "Each role has enhanced the others and enlivened my career; and each role has brought me into contact with truly wonderful people—colleagues, children, and families—whose interests have aligned with my own."

Jane has been active in both NCPeds and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for more than 40 years. She's held leadership positions on numerous NCPeds and AAP committees and task forces and currently serves on the AAP Board of Directors where she serves as Chair of District IV and the Chair of the AAP Policy Committee.

Jane says being active in NCPeds and the AAP has transformed her career.

"Involvement in NCPeds is the antidote to burn-out and isolation. Through fellowship with colleagues, giving and receiving education, problem-solving around practice management and system challenges, and collaborating in child advocacy efforts, involvement in NCPeds will enrich and transform your career," she said.

Her experience with NCPeds has inspired her recent contribution of stock to the NCPeds Endowment.

"My husband and I choose to support NCPeds because it is a highly effective non-profit with a well-established record of improving the well-being of NC’s children—our own and others’—and improving the practice of pediatrics. We know NCPeds will use our money wisely and that it will make a difference to children, families, and pediatricians," she said. "Up to now, we have made cash gifts.After inheriting some zero-basis stock, we realized that the tax advantage of transferring the stock, rather than making a cash donation, expands our capacity to convey our support."

Jane is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and lives in Oak Ridge with her husband Miles.

'Tis the Season for Giving.

This is something that I've been thinking of a lot lately, and I recently made the decision to support the NCPeds Endowment with a five-year pledge.

Why did I choose to support the Endowment? Because I want to see NCPeds be financially secure for years to come.

The Endowment is housed at the North Carolina Community Foundation and was founded in 2015 while I was serving on the NCPeds Board of Directors. It was one of the board’s long-term goals to set up an endowment to help create annual interest income to support NCPeds operations, projects, and programs.

The NCPeds Board of Directors wanted to be thinking five, ten, even 15 years down the road to create a strong base for the organization and begin generating some income for our work without relying on or increasing membership dues.

We, as members, need to generate long-term donations to support what NCPeds does well. The Endowment will assure that NCPeds is able to continue to hire the right people, to monitor our legislative priorities and to support our advocacy for healthy kids.

There are so many ways to contribute to the Endowment in a way that works for each individual. The Endowment can accept long-term pledges, appreciated stock donations, charitable trusts and life insurance remainders.

I hope this contribution and other recent contributions from some of my colleagues will inspire others to contribute to the Endowment.

NCPeds does so much for the children and pediatricians in our state. Now it's up to us to do something to help NCPeds continue to succeed.

To support the NCPEds Endowment,visit the NCPeds website.


Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • 2019 Winter Open Forum, Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Winston-Salem Marriott
  • 2019 Practice Manager Retreat, Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh
  • 2019 Spring Open Forum, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley
  • 2019 Annual Meeting, Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville


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