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Network Update 39: 5/17/2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

CCNC in the News

Medicaid Reform.  Governor McCrory's Medicaid reform proposal and statewide support for CCNC continue to make headlines. Additionally, DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and Medicaid Director Carol Steckel's statewide visits to discuss the proposal have garnered attention:



National recognition for CCNC.  In the April 2013 edition of AcademyHealth, CCNC is recognized as one of three national examples of important innovations in the Medicaid delivery system.

CCNC Medical Homes and AHRQ.  The latest issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care Innovations Exchange features CCNC's medical home model and improvements in care quality and significant cost savings achieved by CCNC.


IMPaCT Meetings.  CCNC and the NC Area Health Education Centers are enhancing primary care through the NC IMPaCT grant. Click here to register for the NC IMPaCT Regional Leadership Collaborative meeting on May 21 featuring guest lectures and a progress presentation from all grant recipients.

Palliative Care Update.  Join the Hospice & Palliative Care Center in Winston-Salem for two conferences in May:

  • Thursday, May 23: "Bringing Advance Care Planning to Life: New Initiatives for North Carolina"
  • Friday, May 24: "Conversations Today or Crisis Tomorrow: Planning Ahead for Life’s Final Chapters"

Other News

RWJF meeting features NC experts. Jennifer Cockerham and Annette DuBard of CCNC, along with Chris Collins of ORHCC and Dr. Steve Crane of Blue Ridge Community Health Center in Hendersonville, were featured speakers at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality National Meeting: Partnering for Sustainability.  Information on the meeting is available here.

CCNC Privacy Officer honored.  Frances Bethea, CCNC's Privacy Officer,  is the recipient of the North Carolina Health Information Management Association's 2013 PRISM Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding members of NCHIMA who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism at the regional level upon which the association is dependent. In February, Frances also completed the national examination for the Certified Healthcare Privacy and Security Credential under the auspices of the American Health Information Management Association.  Kudos and congrats to Frances!

PCMH mavens recognized. Congratulations to Dr. David Halpern, Dr. Chip Watkins, Teresa Harbour, R.N., and Roy Gilbert on achieving certification as PCMH Certified Content Experts.  Only nine individuals in N.C. achieved this prestigious national recognition.

Transformation and Medical Homes examined. The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative reports that the Alliance for Health Reform hosted a Capitol Hill briefing with panelists from Harvard University, CMS and The Commonwealth Fund to discuss patient-centered medical homes. The experts emphasized that the medical home is the essential underpinning of health system transformation, but that the journey will require patience and dedication to change and improvement. Watch a webcast and view speaker presentations here.

CMIS updates go live.  In May, CMIS enhancements include updated user and account capabilities, a new disease management category, the addition of Capital Care Collaborative data and features to create mailing templates and mail merges. Review the full list of updates here.

TAC Toolkit gets national notice.  AHRQ has posted the Toward Accountable Care Coalition (TAC) Physician’s Toolkit on its website. The physician guide, details the elements essential for a successful ACO and step-by-step guidance on how to achieve each element.  Congrats to Bo Bobbit and Smith Anderson for their effort being highlighted by this prestigious national organization.

Bernstein Fellowship accepting apps.  The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellowship is accepting applications for the next Fellowship class until June 14. Details of the Fellowship and how to apply can be found here. Email Judy Howell or John Frank with questions. 

NCTracks Training for Practices and providers. Training for NCTracks, the new DHHS claims system, is underway. Training sessions can be attended in person, and participation via webinar is possible. To register for training, click here. A new Special Bulletin containing key information about the features and capabilities of NCTracks - contact information, hours of operation, checkwrite schedule, AVRS functionality and the Provider Portal - is now available. It also includes reminders about important activities providers need to perform before July 1 to ensure claims will be processed and paid in NCTracks. The new system is scheduled to go live July 1.

Beacon updates.  Keep up with the latest CC of Southern Piedmont Beacon Community news by checking out their weekly newsletters.

Welcome new faces.  Please welcome CHIPRA Pediatric EHR Coach Kimberly Kornegay (starting May 20). 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.  Don't forget to check out the additional positions open in local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.

  • Senior Analyst, Quality Measurement and Reporting
  • IC Reports Developer
  • Staff Accountant-AP/AR
  • Specialty Pharmacist
  • CMIS C# .net Developer
  • CHIPRA Pediatric Electronic Health Record Coach

Social media update. Support CCNC's fledgling, but improving, social media presence by following us on Twitter (@communitycarenc) and “liking” our Facebook page.

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