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Network Update 44: 7/26/2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

NCTracks Updates. NCTracks, the new DHHS claims system, is closing out its first month of operation.  As expected, there have been some bumps in the road and healthcare provider training workshops continue around the state. Providers can register for training here. Below is recent media coverage on the transition:

CCNC in the News

Universal Postpartum Screening. Dr. Marian Earls, CCNC’s lead pediatric consultant, is quoted in this New York Times Parenting Blog about the responsibility of an OBGYN and pediatrician to screen for postpartum depression.

Project Lazarus Trainings Underway. Northwest Community Care Network is hosting ‘A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing’ from 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 1 in Winston-Salem. The free CME training is open to primary care, family medicine, emergency pain management and osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and psychiatrists. Check out this article in The Dispatch for more information. Additional training programs are scheduled for Wilmington, Hickory, Boone, Raleigh and Reidsville in the coming months. Visit the Project Lazarus registration site for more information and to register for trainings. 

Prescription Drugs in Cumberland County. The Fayetteville Observer’s ‘Bitter Pills’ series examined prescription drug use and abuse in the Fayetteville area. This article features CCNC's Dr. Mike Lancaster discussing ways to combat the growing prescription drug abuse problem. Also in The Fayetteville Observer, Carolina Collaborative Community Care was praised by Dr. Claudia Peters in an op-ed regarding drug addiction and mental health.

New Oversight Structure in Wake County. Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties is mentioned in this Triangle Business Journal article about a new structure for the groups that coordinate care for the Medicaid and uninsured populations in the area.

Project Enhance. Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) received a grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the development of Project Enhance, which will integrate primary care and mental health care into Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare (CVBH) to serve individuals with severe mental illness and chronic health conditions. CVBH will partner with CVMC, CCNC, Partners Behavioral Health Management, a substance abuse provider, indigent medical clinics, and other agencies to provide linkage to specialty services and other needed resources. For more on the initiative, check out this article in the Hickory Daily Record.

Other News

ONC-HIT Product List. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently announced The Certified Health IT Product List which provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the ONC HIT Certification Program. EHR technologies that have been certified under the ONC HIT Certification Program are eligible to be used for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. See more about the program here.

Provider Portal Enhancements. The CCNC Informatics Center has announced recent enhancements to the Provider Portal application which include a new glossary, revised disclaimer language and updated communications capabilities. Click here to see the full list of enhancements.

Pharmacy Home Updates. CCNC’s Pharmacy Home has released enhancements and bug fixes for the application. Updates include an enabled communication tab and changes to drug therapy problem notes. See the full list of enhancements here as well as a “How To Guide for Communications.” 

North Carolina IMPaCT. CCNC and the NC Area Health Education Centers are enhancing primary care through the NC IMPaCT grant. During the July 22 meeting several participants presented on their programs’ progress and accomplishments. Networks that participated include Community Care of Western North Carolina, Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear, Community Care of Southern Piedmont, AccessCare and Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina. Watch the webinar here.

Bernstein Fellows Announced. Congratulations to Amelia Mahan, CCNC Behavioral Health Program Manager, on her acceptance as one of the Bernstein Fellows, Class of 2015!  Feel free to give her a shout-out on the CCNC Facebook page.

CHPC Certification. Congratulations to Melody Pugh, HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer at Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina, who recently passed the Healthcare Privacy Compliance certification (CHPC) exam! The CHPC is provided by the Compliance Certification Board with the Health Care Compliance Association.

NCMS Leadership College. The deadline for applications for the 2014 NCMS Leadership College has been extended to August 1, 2013. The program's goal is to identify individuals with leadership potential and help them hone their skills to become effective leaders of the future. The application form can be found here.

Recovery Champion Award Nominations. Do you know individuals who have dedicated their talents, whether through professional work or volunteering, to successfully promote mental health and/or substance abuse recovery in NC? Recognize their contributions by nominating them for a Recovery Champion Award presented at the 5th Annual NC "ONE Community in Recovery" Conference.

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

New CCNC Team Members.  Please welcome Health Coach Melissa Messer (starting Aug. 5) 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 seven additional positions open in local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.   

  • Financial Analyst
  • Network Financial Analyst
  • Contracts Manager

Social Media Update.  LinkedIn fans can follow CCNC's new company page starting today!  Please support CCNC's growing social media presence by following us on Twitter (@communitycarenc), LinkedIn or Facebook.

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