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MedBoard Matters Podcast

Medical regulation is an important but complicated topic. Join MedBoard Matters host Jean Fisher Brinkley to explore the North Carolina Medical Board’s mission and responsibilities and learn how NCMB protects the public. New episodes are published monthly.

In this episode of MedBoard Matters host, Jean Fisher Brinkley speaks with some of North Carolina's foremost experts in addressing child maltreatment and focuses on the clinicians’ critical role in protecting children from abuse.

Posted December 17, 2021 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, we dig deep into our mailbag to answer some of our frequently asked questions and spend a good portion of the episode focused on Physician Assistants and some of the key responsibilities and practice guidelines in place for them.

Posted November 30, 2021 | 
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What is an outside medical reviewer and why does the Board need them? What do they do? How can they help preserve self-regulation in medicine? All of these questions are answered in this episode of MedBoard Matters. Host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with NCMB’s Chief Legal Officer Thom Mansfield and Deputy General Counsel Brian Blankenship about how the Board uses outside reviewers and why they’re so important.

Posted October 29, 2021 | 
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This is a special episode of MedBoard Matters because – it’s our birthday. The month of September marks one full year of podcast episodes, and we thought it appropriate to pause and observe that milestone. Host, Jean Fisher Brinkley shares some thoughts about what we’ve learned in our first year of podcasting, and where we are headed next with this endeavor.

Posted September 30, 2021 | 
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In this episode, you are going to hear straight from State Health Director and NC DHHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elizabeth “Betsey” Tilson about why it’s so important to get vaccination rates up in North Carolina and how pivotal our healthcare providers are to this effort. Dr. Tilson also shares information about several tools that have been developed to help shape conversations for patients who have been reluctant to get vaccinated.

Posted August 18, 2021 | 
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Are you ready to become a more informed patient? In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley walks listeners through how to perform a provider search on the Board's website and the anatomy of a licensee page. She also answers some pretty key questions about the types of information the Board collects and what it means to healthcare consumers.

Posted July 29, 2021 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley reviews the STOP Act requirement to check the NC Controlled Substances Reporting System (NC CSRS) before prescribing certain controlled substances which goes in effect July 7, 2021. Jean also talks with Stephanie Johnson, Manager of the PDMP Utilization Project for NC CSRS about recent updates to the system and the ease of practice integration through EHR systems.

Posted June 28, 2021 | 
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In the most recent episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with NCMB's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes about clinician reticence to complete death certificates and how they can re-frame this "final" service to patients.

Posted June 1, 2021 | 
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