Network Update 46: 8/23/2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

In the News

Charlotte public radio examines NC Medicaid system.  CCNC’s success in managing care for Medicaid patients gets top billing in an examination of the strong and weak points of North Carolina's Medicaid program.  in Mecklenburg County is spotlighted in a recent WFAE.org article. The WFAE piece reviews CCNC's track record and highlights the work of Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg, nurse care manager Johanna Wilson and nurse Larri Diggs-Jones in working closely with high-risk patients. Find the full article and audio of the broadcast here.

Coastal coverage of NC Medicaid. The Wilmington Star-News ran a series of articles detailing the current Medicaid climate in North Carolina. One article explored activities in other states facing similar Medicaid problems; read the story here. A second article described the movement toward managed care and CCNC’s current role with the Medicaid program and as a national model; read the story here. And don't miss the editorial suggesting that despite problems in Medicaid that need to be fixed, NC has performed well in care management and primary care; read the editorial here.

More coverage on CCNC's success with transitional care.  Recent coverage of CCNC's successful efforts to reduce readmissions for high-risk patients includes:

  • Winston-Salem Journal article --  features Northwest Community Care Network and care-manager supervisor Julia Wilkins, R.N. Read more here.
  • NC Health News -- details the benefits of focusing on patients transitioning from hospital to home. Read the full story, including an interview with Dr. Annette DuBard, here.

NC Now. Dr. Dobson recently appeared as a guest on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” to discuss CCNC’s work across the state. Click here to watch the interview.

Navigator Grant. CCNC is one of four NC groups to receive federal grant funds to train “navigators” to help patients locate new private-sector coverage options available through the state's new Health Insurance Exchange beginning operations October 1.   Read more from the News & Observer, The Associated Press and the Winston-Salem Journal.

Other News

Patient Education Medical Home Video. In partnership with the local DSS office, Community Care of the Sandhills created a video for new Medicaid/CCNC enrollees to provide information about choosing the physician’s office instead of the emergency department for more routine health care needs. The video is a great teachable moment for patients and networks are welcome to share it. View the video here.

TAC Feature Article. The Toward Accountable Care (TAC) Consortium’s latest feature article spotlights Key Physicians, an organization of more than 220 independent physicians in Wake, Durham, Orange and Johnston Counties, that has been evolving over the last four years from a traditional Independent Physician Association to an ACO model. Check out the full article here.

ACMA NC Conference. The American Case Management Association North Carolina Fall Conference will be held on Friday, October, 18, 2013 in Concord. For more information, view the brochure or register online here.

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  Director Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Development Ann Christine Fitch Revels (Sept. 9), Grants Analyst Heather Flynt (Sept. 9), Integration Developer Michael Austin (Sept. 13) and Contracts Manager Donna Blyskal (Sept. 23). Also, Shelley Kittrell joined us full time Aug. 12 as First in Health Program Manager and Bill Cowan, will join us full time as an ETL Developer on August 27. 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 seven additional positions open in local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.   

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

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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