Network Update 36: 4/5/2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

CCNC in the News

Medicaid Reform Plan coverage. The announcement Wednesday of Governor McCrory’s plan to reform the Medicaid program garnered a great deal of media coverage and discussion.

CCNC honored with HLC’s Wellness Frontiers award. L. Allen Dobson, Jr., MD was on hand in Winston-Salem on Wednesday to receive a national award from the Healthcare Leadership Council that recognized CCNC for “proving that it is possible to achieve both improved population health and health delivery cost-efficiency.” U.S. Senator Richard Burr and HLC President Mary Grealy presented the award at an event hosted by Dr. Tom Sibert and Wake Forest Baptist Health. See the CCNC news release for details and a photo of the event.

CCNC Medical Homes detailed in academic journal. The January/February issue of American Health & Drug Benefits discusses medical homes and CCNC’s role in North Carolina.

High Point clinic works with CCNC Networks. The  Triad Business Journal  details collaboration between Cornerstone and the Partnership for Community Care and the Northwest Community Care Network on a program to working to get better primary care access for “frequent flyers” in Triad emergency departments.

Medicaid expansion called “Sophie’s Choice.” Surprising take on the expansion issue from in a News and Observer op-ed from Christopher Conover, a research scholar at Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research.

NC BCCCP seeking screening providers. The NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program is seeking applicants for a Request for Application for either the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) and/or NC WISEWOMAN Project (NC WW) screening provider. Both serve underserved and underinsured women. You can download the application here.

North Carolina Collaboration featured on IHI talk show. An Institute for Healthcare Improvement audio program examined how a North Carolina coalition convened a broad-based group of health providers to craft overlapping goals for population health and initiatives to keep residents from needing expensive acute care. Kudos on the effort to John Morrow, MD, MPH, Pitt County Health Director, Incoming President, North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, and member of the CCNC Board of Directors. More details are available on the IHI site.

Pallative Care initiatives of note:

  • An article by CCNC’s Jonathan Fischer, MD on integrating Palliative and Primary Care in the Medicaid population has been published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
  • National Health Care Decisions Day. CCNC proudly supports the opportunity to promote advance care planning in our community and state on April 16th. Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaboration of national, state and community organizations committed to giving more people the opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. For more information, visit the national website or contact your local Palliative Care Coordinator. An FAQ with North Carolina-specific information is also available here.
  • Respecting Choices Training. CCNC recently sponsored training at the Levine Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville aimed at teaching the skills needed to help patients have effective end-of-life discussions and translate these decisions into medical orders honored throughout the healthcare continuum. Congrats to 20 CCNC staffers and 7 Palliative Care Coordinators who completed one- and two-day training sessions, respectively. We look forward to opportunities for these instructors to provide local trainings for our CCNC Care Managers. For more information, go to the Respecting Choices site or contact Teresa Piezzo

Need help quitting smoking? Now’s your chance! QuitlineNC, the state’s toll-free telephone and online support service to help tobacco users quit, is making nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges) available at no cost while supplies last for North Carolina residents who enroll in quit coaching.

Welcome new faces.  Please welcome Communications Specialist Melissa Biediger, starting April 18.

Career opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For more information, please see the CCNC Careers page. There is also an opening at Community Care of the Sandhills (Pinehurst) for a Quality Improvement Director.

  • Senior Analyst, Quality Measurement and Reporting
  • IC Reports Developer
  • Technical Integration Developer
  • Staff Accountant-AP/AR

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