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Network Update 34: 3/8/2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

In the News

Secretary Wos visits Johnston County Department of Social Services.  Article in the Durham Herald Sun recaps a visit to Smithfield by DHHS Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos  and details some of the benefits of the new NCFAST system coming online later this month.

New DMA Director talks with Stateline. Interesting article in Stateline features an interview with DMA Director Carol Steckel in which she discusses health care reform and the future of North Carolina’s Medicaid program.

CCNC “medical missionary” featured. Don’t miss this great piece featuring Dr. James Jones on WFDD’s Real People, Real Stories. Many thanks to Dr. Jones for sharing his truly inspiring life story. The story and an audio clip of the broadcast are available here.

CCNC staff featured in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. Please see the March 2013 issue of JMCP for an article on CCNC’s experience with a web-based prior approval application. Lead author Kristin Lundeen, an AccessCare network pharmacist, is joined by AccessCare data analyst Tim O’Brien as well as Dr. Steve Wegner and Trista Pfeiffenberger of CCNC’s Central Office.

Third Pregnancy Medical Home Pathway released. The physician leadership of the Pregnancy Medical Home program has released its third pathway, Induction for Nulliparous Patients. The document offers guidance to maternity care providers about the appropriate timing of and strategies for induction of labor among women having their first baby, including the avoidance of elective induction before 40 6/7 weeks of gestation in the presence of an unfavorable cervix. The PMH Care Pathways and accompanying algorithms can be found here.

Presentation on adolescent screening program posted. Please see the CCNC Pediatrics/CHIPRA page for a presentation on the MOC-IV project on Adolescent Screening. The aim of this project is to improve the delivery of care for adolescent patients in pediatric and family practices by assessing protocols in place for working with that population. This activity has been approved by the AAFP for 20 prescribed credits and by the ABFM and the ABP as a MOC Part IV Activity. The PowerPoint presentation is available on the right side of the page as a "related download."

Hospital visit reports get update. Please note significant enhancements to the Current Hospital Visit Reports on the IC server, aka, “Hospital ADT feeds.” Improvements include:

  • All versions of the ADT report now contain icons that take users directly to a patient record in Provider Portal, Pharmacy Home or CMIS (available icons dependent on user permissions).
  • TC Priority indicator reports now contain a "TC Priority Alert" field highlighting TC Priority patients discharged at least 7 days without a completed case management task. 
  • All ADT reports (except OBCM and practice versions) have a field and filter parameter for all priority indicators, including Palliative Care Indicator, CCNC Priority Indicator, LME Priority Indicator, Chronic Pain Priority Indicator and Transitional Care Priority Indicator
  • Reports contain a link to single document defining all Priority Indicators

CMIS upgrade. Be sure to check out the new and improved Case Management Information System (CMIS), which has recently added some significant enhancements. Improvements include the ability of supervisors to view users’ activities and trending reports through graphs and charts, new user-level, drill down reports from Population Management Chart, and an ad-hoc reporting tool that allows Site Administrators to query data and produce custom reports. To see a list of all the new tools and functions, see this document on the CCNC website.

Medicaid Bulletin highlights. Items to note in the last Medicaid Bulletin include:

  • Thirty-minute webinars by the NC Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program continue, with three webinars remaining March (6th, 13th and 20th) and one in April (3rd)
  • Closing a medical office? Be sure that you are familiar with record keeping requirements for reimbursement information that extend six years, and additional requirements for retention of records related to MH/DD/SA 
  • New rates for Personal Care Services became effective January 1, 2013.

Welcome new faces.  Please welcome Grants Manager Holly Atkins, starting March 18; Administrative Assistant Pamela Skillman, starting March 25; and Health Coach Lisa Bradbury, starting April 8.  Welcome to the CCNC family!

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

  • Senior Analyst, Quality Measurement and Reporting
  • IC Reports Developer
  • Technical Integration Developer
  • Project Coordinator Technical Integration
  • Health Educator

There are also several CCNC network openings and one from a local health care organization.

  • RN - Hospital Intake Care Manager-Smithfield, NC (Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties)
  • Registered Nurse; Hospital Intake Care Manager-Smithfield, NC (Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties)
  • Registered Nurse; Hospital Intake Care Manager-Raleigh, NC (Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties)
  • Quality Improvement Director-Pinehurst, NC (Community Care of the Sandhills)
  • Lead Nurse Care Manager-Raleigh, NC (CapitalCare Collaborative)

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

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