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Network Update 28: 11/30/2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

CCNC in the News

Chronic Pain and Opioids. There were a raft of stories related to issues surrounding the Chronic Pain Initiative:

  • Recent Los Angeles Times coverage discusses the growing overdoses risk for some prescription drugs. 
  • Debate over North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Database continues in this article in the Raleigh News and Observer.
  • WUNC-FM reporting also addressed the low use of the Controlled Substances database and the impact this could be having on the rate of preventable deaths. You can listen to an archive of the story on the WUNC-FM site.

Hospital Readmissions. There were a number of stories focused on the new pressure on hospitals to reduce readmissions:

Diabetes Navigator. Don’t miss this great story in the Salisbury Post on diabetes navigator Becky Slone, working through the auspices of Community Care of Southern Piedmont and the Beacon Community. The online story link is mysteriously dead, but you can find a text version here.

Northern Piedmont Community Care has produced a terrific overview video that shows how their efforts impact community health. You can view the video on the CCNC site (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Winston-Salem meal program aids health efforts. The Winston-Salem Journal details an innovative Medicare project through which local nonprofit Senior Services of Winston-Salem provides meals to local seniors facing health challenges. The collaborative effort includes Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center and Northwest Community Care.

More practices achieve PCMH. The Whiteville News Reporter story notes a number of practices working with Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear have achieved NCQA recognition as Patient-Center Medical Homes. Congrats to Lower Cape Fear and all the practices involved!

New CMIS release is out. Recent upgrades to CCNC’s Care Management Information System (CMIS) include customizable face pages in the User Workspace and Patient Workspace to streamline workflow according to user preferences, a new Practice Home Tab that offers a consolidated, practice-level view of care management activities, new features to support the Child Health Accountable Care Collaborative (CHACC) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) programs and further enhancements to assessments, tools, and reports for the PMH and CC4C programs. Congrats to the IC Team for the hard work that made these improvements possible.

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
  • Clinical Program Analyst
  • Project Coordinator

CCNC is now posting local CCNC network jobs as well as positions here in Raleigh. 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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