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Network Update 26: 10/26/2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

CCNC’s New Board holds first meeting. The new CCNC Board of Directors met for the first time on October 12. The meeting included a discussion on board operations, a review of CCNC’s strategic priorities and briefings from CCNC staff. Michelle Brooks, Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina, was elected to serve as chair. Dr. Richard Hudspeth was elected vice chair. North Carolina Hospital Association President Bill Pully will serve as treasurer and chair a Finance and Audit Committee created by the Board at the meeting. Finance and Audit Committee members are: Peter D. Hans, UNC Board of Governors/ Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough; and Lydia Newman, Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear. Other Committee assignments are expected at the November BOD meeting. The Board plans to meet on the second Monday of each month (meeting days may vary on holidays).

Fred Brason nationally recognized as community leader. Congratulations to Fred Brason of Project Lazarus and the Chronic Pain Initiative on being named one of ten winners nationally of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2012 Community Health Leaders Award. The award recognizes Fred’s work with Project Lazarus in Wilkes County that reduced overdose deaths by 69 percent. Congrats to Fred on this singular achievement. For more information on the RWJF award, go here. Details on efforts to roll out the Wilkes County program statewide are available on CCNC’s Chronic Pain Initiative page.

Coverage of Chronic Pain wins journalism award. Correspondent Bob Buckley of High Point’s Fox 8 has won the Health-Medicine Award from Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolina (RTDNAC) for a December, 2011 piece on CCNC’s Chronic Pain Initiative (CPI). The piece featured community efforts in Mt. Airy, NC and excellent interviews with CCNC’s Fred Brason and CPI coordinator Peter Rives of Northwest Community Care. Additional information on the award is available on the RTDNAC site. You can view last December’s Fox 8 piece here.

Burke County Creates Prescription Pill Drop Boxes. In another story related to the Chronic Pain Initiative, two permanent prescription drug drop boxes were dedicated this morning at the Morganton Community House in Burke County, NC. The boxes will provide a safe, legal way for residents to dispose of unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs before they fall into the wrong hands. During a breakfast meeting of Burke Substance Abuse Network, Sheriff Steve Whisenant, members of the Burke Narcotics Task Force, and the Burke County Health Department recognized community sponsors of the boxes and described the role the boxes will play in combating drug abuse. For more information, see the Burke County Sheriff’s press release and local coverage of the event.

CCNC, Appalachian State University support medical practices seeking PCMH recognition. The latest issue of the Journal of Medical Practice Management includes an article by Dr. R.W. “Chip” Watkins on how medical practices seeking PCMH recognition can find value in partnerships with universities and colleges. Dr. Watkins describes the PCMH program at Appalachian State and how ASU Health Care Management students became a valuable resource for area physicians and office managers seeking PCMH recognition. Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (BCBSNCF) for the grant that provided support to start this program. Posted with permission from The Journal of Medical Practice Management, Volume 28, Number 2, pages 134-136, Copyright 2012, Greenbranch Publishing, PO Box 208, Phoenix, MD, 21131 (800) 933-3711, For a free sample issue of the JMPM, please send an email to

New PCMH video available. NCQA and Merck have produced a handy 22-minute overview video on the PCMH recognition process. This can be helpful for medical practices preparing staff for the application process and provide general audiences with an overview of how PCMH works. Please see the link on CCNC’s PCMH Central page.

Welcome new faces! Please welcome the following individuals to the CCNC family:  Staff Accountant Jennifer Kirts, starting Nov. 7, 2012 and Director of Physician Services Ray Coppedge, starting Dec. 1, 2012

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

  • Director of Analytics and Reporting
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • IC Reports Administrator
  • Informatics Center Outreach Coordinator
  • Care Management Program Coordinator
  • MARP Developer

For more information, contact HR Manager John Dowd.   Note to CCNC networks: If you have local job openings that you would like posted to the CCNC Careers page, please let us know.

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