Network Update 45: 8/9/2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

In the News

Health Affairs. Congratulations to Annette DuBard, Carlos Jackson and Troy Trygstad on the publication of their article in Health Affairs related to CCNC’s transitional care program. The CCNC news release can be found here and a link to the full text of the article can be found on the CCNC site (click the link on the left-hand side of the page). Additional coverage included:

Homegrown Medicaid Solution. Robert W. Seligson, executive vice president, CEO of the N.C. Medical Society, and CEO of the NCMS Foundation, published an op-ed in the Asheville Citizen-Times detailing the guiding principles for a sustainable, efficient Medicaid system. Check out the op-ed here.

NCTracks Updates. NCTracks, DHHS’ new claims system, recently completed its first month of operations, processing more than 15 million claims and paying health care providers more than $750 million during July. The system is still working out a few kinks, and Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg has provided a few helpful tips in this bulletin for issues providers may be experiencing with NCTracks. DHHS provider training workshops continue around the state, and providers can register for training here. Below is recent media coverage on the transition:

Expanded Childhood Screenings. Smart Start of Forsyth County has been awarded almost $200,000 from the North Carolina Partnership for Children in Raleigh to implement an evidenced-based screening program for children birth to five years of age in cooperation with Northwest Community Care Network and local pediatric practices throughout the seven-county region. Check out the Lexington Dispatch for additional details.

CMCS Informational Bulletin. The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services released an Informational Bulletin, “Targeting Medicaid Super-Utilizers to Decrease Costs and Improve Quality,” which features CCNC as a positive example of a super-utilizer program. The study details CCNC’s transitional care program and explains the process of managing the high-risk, high-cost Medicaid population and how other states are doing similar work. CCNC’s Annette DuBard also commented on CCNC’s program in HealthPolicyNewsStand.

CHIPRA Spotlight. CCNC's CHIPRA project was highlighted in the Healthy North Carolina 2020 July 2013 Update. July’s focus was oral health and the CHIPRA/Pediatric team‘s Oral Health workgroup focused on promoting dental homes for very young children, increasing rates of dental varnishing and promoting the use of the PORRT (oral risk screen). 

Other News

State Health Director Appointment. Congratulations to Dr. Robin Cummings of Pinehurst on being named Acting State Health Director. Dr. Cummings, a retired cardiothoracic surgeon, previously served as director of the Office of Rural Health and Community and as medical director and executive director for Community Care of the Sandhills. Read more about Dr. Cummings’ appointment here.

AHEC Director Named. Congratulations to Warren Newton, MD, MPH, who has been named director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC), effective Sept. 1. As a family physician, teacher and scholar, Dr. Newton has an impressive track record of leadership both statewide and nationally in both care redesign and education, and has founded or led many different statewide initiatives, working closely with many different systems, leaders, and professional organizations. In this new role, Dr. Newton will continue AHEC’s important mission of transforming health care and health education across the state.

Congratulations! Randy Barrington from Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear is taking on an expanded QI role with the Central Office and will be providing support to networks around QI activities with practices. His new title is Quality Improvement Facilitator. Way to go, Randy!

Project Lazarus Trainings. Training programs are scheduled for Wilmington, Hickory, Boone, Raleigh, Pinehurst and Reidsville in the coming months. Visit the Project Lazarus registration site for more information and to register for trainings. 

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.

Flu Shots. CCNC will hold an onsite flu shot clinic in the Central Office in October. Final dates and details will be announced when they are confirmed.

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 Educator Cheryl Gilchrist (who started Aug. 5) and Network Financial Analyst Kimberly Ibrahim (starting Aug. 19) 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.   

  • Medicaid Financial Data Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Project Coordinator
  • Contracts Manager

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