Network Update 31: 1/25/2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

In the News

Leadership changes in North Carolina government. The administration of Governor Pat McCrory has made two key appointments, bringing in new leadership for the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA).

  • Appointed as Secretary DHHS is Dr. Aldona Wos (pronounced “VOSH”). Dr. Vos is a North Carolina physician who was born in Poland and formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia. Further information on the new Secretary is available in local news coverage of her appointment.
  • Secretary Vos has named Carol Steckel, MPH, as director of DMA. A departmental news release the appointment is available here.

Transitions in the news. Northwest Community Care’s transitional care program was highlighted in an article in the Winter Issues of the Triad and Triangle Retirement Resource Guide. See page 73 in the Resource Guide for details.

NC physician leaders address chronic pain issue. See the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of the Journal of Opioid Management for a great article on improving the use of narcotics in treating chronic pain by Ed Bujold, MD of Granite Falls and colleagues Jessica Huff, MPH, Elizabeth W. Staton, MSTC, and Wilson D. Pace, MD. The abstract is available here and you can purchase the entire article here (scroll down to the Nov/Dec articles).

NC Medicaid Bulletin Update. Don’t miss the requirement that as of January 1, Adult Care Homes are required to obtain CA authorization from a physician before billing for PCS services. Details on the DHHS policy are available here.  A one-pager CCNC put together to guide networks receiving questions on this topic is available on the CCNC website.

Upcoming health care events. Don’t miss these two events, coming soon.

  • Addiction Medicine 2013. Registration is open for the 4th annual Addiction Medicine conference in Asheville on April 12 and 13. National and regional speakers will address prescription medication misuse, chronic pain management, trauma and behavioral and pharmacotherapeutic interventions for addiction. For more information or to register, go to the conference site.
  • 2013 North Carolina Care Transitions Summit. This conference will feature national and local perspectives on strategies to improve transitions in care, with a focus on participation, action, and collaboration. Join healthcare providers, community-based service providers, consumer advocates, and other community organizations interested in improving care provided to North Carolinians in transition from one health care setting to another. Go here to register (scroll down to "Care Transitions Summit") and here for more information on the summit.

UNC physician touts medical homes in Health Affairs. Don’t miss the letter-to-the-editor from Beat Steiner, MD published in the December issue of Health Affairs that points out the role of patient-centered medical homes in improving care and constraining costs. You can read the letter online here.

Cape Fear on the move. Community Care of the Cape Fear has moved to new office space at 1209 Culbreth Drive in Wilmington. For details, see coverage in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

P4CC Opens Satellite Office. Partnership for Community Care will be opening a Randolph County Office in February at 624-A South Fayetteville Street, Asheboro at Chevy Centre. The satellite office will help P4CC better serve their patients in Randolph County. P4CC plans an Open House and Ribbon Cutting event in the very near future.

Central Office staff – Have ideas on CCNC’s 2013 service project? If so, please send to Paul Mahoney.

Welcome new faces!  Please give a warm welcome to the following new CCNC employees:

  • Director Analytics and Reporting Maureen Tarquini
  • Staff Attorney Linda Attarian
  • Data Analyst April Purnell
  • Financial Analyst Kari Barsness

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

  • Senior Data Analyst
  • ETL Programmer
  • Project Assistant/Beacon
  • Communications Specialist

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