Network Update 11: 3/9/2012

The Chronic Pain Initiative goes statewide next week. Stay tuned for the official statewide launch of the Chronic Pain Initiative (CPI) next Wednesday. CPI is an effort to increase patient safety, improve pain management and reduce the risk of overdose and drug dependency related to opioids and other pain medications. Each CCNC network has a CPI coordinator who will work with primary care physicians, emergency department staff and specialists treating patients with pain issues. More details are available on the CCNC web site.

Kudos to new patient-centered medical homes. Congratulations to Community Care of Lower Cape Fear and North Carolina medical practices recently attaining PCMH recognition from NCQA: Bladen Medical Associates (Bladenboro, Elizabethtown and Dublin); Dr. Christy Perdue; Columbus Pediatrics & Adolescent; Cottle Medical Group; Dr. David Martin Jr.; G&G – Fair Bluff; G&G – Cerro Gordo; Dr. John Hodgson; Dr. Miriam Fernz; and Dr. Richard Fleming. For a complete list of recognized PCMH practices in North Carolina, go here.

Triad leader recognized. Ron Gaskins of the Northwest Community Care Network was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the region’s “Leaders Under 40.” This recognition was at a reception they held on Feb 16. Please join Executive Director Jim Graham, network staff and CCNC in congratulating Ron on a well-deserved honor.

Duke study discussed on physician blog. Be sure to check out a post by Northern Piedmont Community Care’s Fred Johnson on KevinMD.com, a popular physician blog. Fred discusses the Duke CHANGE study and how more frequent communications and closer relationships between patients and care managers can yield better data and support behavior change.

Primary Care Conference out West. The North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care (NCCHCA) invites you to NC Primary Care Conference in Asheville from June 21-23, an opportunity to join with other safety-net professionals dedicated to providing quality health care services to medically underserved populations. Please check their website for registration information and updates.

Behavioral health event coming up next week. Mike Lancaster, MD Director, CCNC Behavioral Program, will join a panel of experts at a conference on March 12 and 13 related to “Telemental Health” -- telemedicine as it applies to behavioral health. The summit, convened the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC), will be held the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in conjunction with the Virginia Telehealth Network. Additional details are available online.

Welcome new employees. Please welcome two employees here at the CCNC Central Office: Johnny Mitchell, ETL/Technical Support Analyst, who starts Monday, March 12 and Trista Pfeiffenberger, Assistant Director of Pharmacy, who started March 1. Many of you already know Trista from her work with AccessCare. Welcome Johnny and Trista!

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