Always Stronger Together
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What's inside:

  • Renegotiation/renewal of employment Contract: Alert
  • Feature Focus: Jobs Board  
  • HIPAA + Facebook: Are your policies in place?
  • 2016 President, Amba Jonnalagadda MD, FAPA
  • You're receiving referrals!
  • Collaborative Solutions sought for Coalition input
 “My vision for 2016 is to bring physicians together under the PCMS banner for service, advocacy, and practice. Because we are always stronger together, we can unite in concern for patients and for the Best in Medicine,” says Dr. Jonnalagadda.
Pitt County Medical Society welcomes Dr. Jonnalagadda to this new role!
Dr. Venkata Jonnalagadda is the Medical Director for Eastpointe. Eastpointe is a Local Managed Care Organization (MCO) that manages, coordinates, and monitors the mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use/addiction services in 12 eastern counties of North Carolina. Dr. Jonnalagadda is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist.  Dr. Jonnalagadda has been the Associate Medical Director for Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina; and is a partner in private practice, and adjunct teaching faculty with ECU Brody School of Medicine. In addition to her role at PCMS, she is on the Executive Council for the North Carolina Psychiatric Association, and an independent reviewer for the North Carolina Medical Board.  In addition to her clinical training, her experience includes CPT coding and billing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemedicine.  She also has a Systems of Care training background with child abuse evaluations, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, juvenile justice, social services, deaf/hard of hearing psychiatric care, child developmental services and early intervention, outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment, and practice improvement and integrated care.   
From Friend of PCMS, Ben Eisner, J.D., MPA: 
“I have read and understand the terms and conditions”
This short phrase stands as the seemingly immovable obstruction between us and numerous downloads, activities, and transactions.  But just as quickly as this impediment appears, a way passed is offered by simply clicking the box.  Invariably we accept this invitation without as much as a second thought.  But what were those terms and conditions?  What did I agree to? 
These are important questions to keep in mind, not only for the next time you’re faced with the option of clicking the box, but also when thinking about your employment contract.  Have you read and understand the terms and conditions?

Disclaimer: The above is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice on any particular issue.  No attorney-client relationship created by its receipt.  Contact an attorney for specific legal advice.  

Benjamin R. Eisner, J.D., MPA
The Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, PLLC Greenville: (252) 751-0259 
Need Staff?
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Health Professionals' Perspective Needed
The Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse to examine the on-going issue of opioid abuse and to identify collaborative solutions. We believe all of us are seeing the same individuals in need and believe a multi-disciplinary approach is needed. If you have thoughts or interest, please contact Melissia Larson with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office . 252-902-2656 or

Find A Physician Page Receives over
550 Visits each Month!

PCMS Member Exclusive: Your Office can be contacted easily with the mobile-enabled physician search page.  With this listing, you ARE receiving new patients! View Here

(From Counterize: 50% to 55% of PCMS website visits go to Find A Physician page.  Most months, website traffic is 1,100  "hits" or more. Ask PCMS office to see a copy of the report at any time!)
What's your Facebook HIPAA Policy?

Now that we are all dependent on social media for GOOD ratings and new business from those ratings, how do you handle HIPAA compliance?
Please monitor your business Facebook page to look for accidental breaches.
For example, a patient may praise you about the procedure you performed, with details. What will you do then?
When you remove that post, will you be reaching back to that patient to explain why you removed it?
Do implement a strategy and policy for these posts. If you need more professional help, Click HERE for a link for coursework (no affiliation with PCMS, simply a connection for Society Members.)

We'll be asking Dr. Clark Gaither, a.k.a. Dr. Burnout, to come back this Spring.

Watch for the Schedule addition!

In Case You've Forgotten...

PCMS Calendar for 2016

You will notice three Community Education Events this year!  On Feb 23rd, Dr. Jonnalagadda and Dr. Tate Holbrook will be featured in "Keeping My Child Healthy."  April 28th is the date for "Women's Health Issues," with Dr. Anjali Malik and others, and August 25th will focus on "Chronic Conditions and how to live with them," speakers to be announced.  For more information, or to volunteer to speak, please contact the PCMS office at 252-758-8833 or email here.  All events will be held at Sheppard Memorial Library Conference Room A, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
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