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Network Update 22: 8/31/2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

CCNC in the News

  • Top U.S. Drug Advisor visits Wilkes County. The August 22nd visit of Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and President Obama’s top drug policy advisor, to Wilkes County generated quite a bit of press coverage, including an AP pick up and a nice piece Time Magazine. The event should certainly help raise awareness of issues related to the treatment of chronic pain and opioid misuse.
    -- Time Magazine
    -- San Francisco Chronicle
    -- Winston Salem Journal
    -- Greenville Daily Reflector
  • Northwest Community Care to help elderly patients recover better at home after hospital treatment. Nice piece in the Winston-Salem Journal about early, positive results from the consortium working to better manage these transitions.

Plan for Children’s Accountable Care Collaborative approved by CMS. The operations plan submitted by CCNC for the Children’s Accountable Care Collaborative (CHACC) has been approved by CMS. The program will serve Medicaid and CHIP children with complex chronic conditions through a broad coalition of tertiary hospitals and academic medical centers across North Carolina. A Network Integration Workgroup has been formed and there will be a meeting with the North Carolina Pediatric Society on September 13 to discuss ways to further engage hospital and sub-specialists. For more information on the grant program, please see the CMS Innovation site.

AccessCare staff educate care managers. Several members of the AccessCare staff presented information at the 22nd Annual Conference & Expo of the Case Management Society of America in San Francisco on June 19-22. Expo presentations focused on Medication Reconciliation (Sheri McCall, Sherri Branski, Marcelleta Miles, Treiste Newton, Ayanna Whitfield), Palliative Care (Sherri Branski, Ayanna Whitfield, Marcelleta Miles, Sheri McCall, Treiste Newton) and Medical Home Care Management (Marcelletta Miles, Sheri McCall). Congratulations to all for bringing insights from CCNC operations to their peers in other states. Details of these presentations are available upon request.

Special Healthcare Edition of NC SPIN. NC SPIN, the local public affairs program that features a diverse panel of experts discussing important policy issues, will present a special “Health Care” edition of the weekly show on Sunday, September 16. Panelists include Bob Seligson, President and CEO of the NC Medical Society; Brad Wilson, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Bill Pully, President of the NC Hospital Association; and State Treasurer Janet Cowell, head of the state agency that administers the State Health Plan. Check out the NC SPIN website for the time and station in your area.

NC IMPaCT Moves Forward. The IMPaCT Regional Leadership Collaborative continues to work to enhance the effectiveness of regional quality improvement efforts. A recent and well-received webinar on “How to Present Data & Communicating with Practices”, featuring Keith Mandel, MD, Lloyd Provost, Richard Scoville, PhD, and Ann Lefebvre, MSW is available here. To keep up-to-date on the activities of the collaborative, check out the group's Web site.

Modern Healthcare Surveying Medical Homes. Modern Healthcare magazine, with support from NCQA, is conducting its second annual survey of medical homes. This survey is intended for U.S. primary care practices that function as patient-centered medical homes. To participate in the 2012 Medical Homes Survey, please click here. Completed surveys are due by Sept. 28 with selected results to appear in the Oct. 22 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. (Note: practices do not have to have achieved NCQA’s PCMH recognition to participate in the survey.)

HIT Fair Coming to UNC’s Wilson Library. The Second Bi-annual Health Information Technology Fair is coming to UNC on Friday, October 5. The event is an opportunity to meet professionals from more than 20 national and local businesses and organizations (including CCNC), learn about current research and development, and hear a panel experts discuss health IT issues. For more details, see the UNC Site.

Social media update. Please help support CCNC's social media presence by following us on Twitter (@communitycarenc) and “liking” us on our Facebook page.

Career opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For more information, please see the CCNC Career Page.

  • Director of Analytics and Reporting
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • IC Reports Administrator
  • IC Reports Developer
  • Network Financial Analyst
  • Accreditation Coordinator

Happy Holidays!  Please enjoy and safe and happy Labor Day weekend. 

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