Network Update 4: 12/2/2012

  • Tell Me a Story.  Last day for entries on patient anecdotes and success stories from around the state.  Be sure to get your stories submitted by today to get a chance at one of the five 50-dollar prizes.  Details available on the CCNC site.
  • CCNC pharmacy in the limelight.
    Congrats to CCNC pharmacy folks and NC AHEC for winning an award for “Impact of e-prescribing on cost and quality of care in North Carolina” in the 6th Annual Safe-Rx Awards.  Check out their acceptance speech on YouTube, shot via Skype.
    -- Also note positive media coverage of a presentation by CCNC’s Troy Trystad at the Annual Meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
  • New materials available.
    -- Pallative care
    .  A new “Self-Learning Packet” has been posted to the CCNC website to help networks and providers come to grips with the issues surrounding palliative care and patient directives.  The ResourceOne site will soon include a new palliative care brochure that can be customized with local contact information. Look for it the next week to ten days.
    -- New Chronic Pain Initiative materials are imminent.  CCNC is finalizing three comprehensive toolkits targeted at Care Managers, Primary Care Physicians and Emergency Room doctors, respectively.  They’ll all be posted on our website under Emerging Initiatives.
  • Network web project is a go. Eight networks have expressed interest in a collaborative web project that will provide high-quality web sites and a state-of-the-art content management system to CCNC networks.  To be built by Raleigh agency Capstrat, the sites will have the look, feel and functionality of the CCNC site at at
  • Welcome new faces!  Recent additions to CCNC include:
    -- Kelly Sealey,
    who will be working with Maher Abukaf as a Technical Support Specialist. Prior to joining CCNC, Kelly worked with the Durham County school system to provide technical support to PC users in 12 schools.
    -- Deborah Murray,
    whojoins Angela Floyd in the start up and supervision of the  Call Center. The center, staffed with Health Educators, will provide telephonic outreach and support to Medicaid patients.  Deborah brings to CCNC her prior call center and RN experience
    -- Daniel Rhiner,
    who joins CCNC as a Desktop Systems Administrator reporting to Chris Huwe.  Prior to joining CCNC, Daniel worked with a variety of state agencies as a Technical Support Specialist.
  • Greensboro Health Summit.  Consider marking your calendar for the NC Partnership for Patients Summit to be held at the Embassy Suites on January 13, 2012.  This national public-private partnership is aimed at improving the quality, safety, and affordability of health care. Summit participants, including more than 200 Partnership for Patients organizations across the state, will discuss issues and opportunities for improving care transitions in our state. The event is sponsored by Community Care of North Carolina, the NC Quality Center, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, Carol Wood Retirement Community and the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services. Highlights and registration information are available online.
  • Don’t forget that the NAM and Privacy Officer Workshop at CCNC is coming up on Monday December 12 at CCNC’s offices in Raleigh. Meeting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Network Privacy Officers and NAMs (or a representative) ask asked to RSVP to Frances Bethea via email no later than next Monday.
  • Care Management Assistant training available.   Davidson County Community College will offer an online Care Management Assistant course from February 20 – May 11, 2012.  This course is designed to prepare an individual working in an appropriate healthcare setting to assist with client care coordination.  To register for the course, please contact the business office at 336-249-8186 ext. 4545 and provide the CID # 27935.  There is a $120.00 registration fee and a $5.00 technology fee.  If you have questions, please contact Christie Comer at or  336-224-4543.

 Have an item you would like CCNC folks to know about?  Please let Paul Mahoney know. 

 Thanks and have a great weekend!