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Network Update 50: 10/18/2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

In the News

Project Lazarus. A Project Lazarus event held in Asheboro earlier this month was spotlighted in the Courier-Tribune. Congratulations to Jeff Pruett and the entire Partnership for Community Care team for their hard work! Read the full article here.

DHHS Update. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, a Joint Legislative Oversight Committee met to discuss the issues within the Department of Health and Human Services, including NC Tracks and Medicaid reform. Coverage of the meeting and the audit as well as other relevant articles and editorials are below.

Oct. 8 Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Meeting


  • North Carolina Health News 





Kaiser Commission. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured highlighted CCNC's Transitional Care Program in its Oct. 2013 issue. Great job to all of those at CCNC whose expertise and insights were invaluable to this project. See the article here

Wake County Physician Magazine. The October issue of Wake County Physician Magazine features two articles highlighting CCNC and Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties. See the full publication online here.

Modern Healthcare. A recent article in Modern Healthcare features several ACO veterans sharing lessons learned at the Medical Group Management Association annual conference earlier this month. A member of NC’s “Toward Accountable Care” group, of which CCNC is a participant, was highlighted, Read the full article here.

CHCS Super-Utilizer Summit. In February 2013, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), in partnership with the National Governors Association, hosted a Super-Utilizer Summit to explore how Medicaid could best advance models for a high-need group of patients. CHCS recently released a new report that presents the Summit's common themes and key recommendations for building better systems of care for high utilizers. View the entire report here, and see a summary of Dr. Dobson’s presentation on page six.


NC HIE Trainings. NC HIE, the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation and CCNC are providing three two-hour trainings on NC HIE: Opt-Out training and Super User training. For details on dates and times, visit the NC HIE site here.

MAHEC Motivational Interviewing Training. The Mountain Area Health Education Center is hosting a second Motivational Interviewing session to introduce participants to the theory, principles and skills of MI and related motivation-enhancing behavior change approaches. The training is Oct. 24-25 in Myrtle Beach. View the training session brochure here.

Improved Care Coordination Conference. The Northwest Triad Coalition for Improved Care Coordination Conference will be held Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Clemmons. Dr. Dobson will be a keynote speaker for this event which encourages community stakeholders to collectively develop solutions and benchmarks to improve the coordination of care for patients and residents as they transition across the continuum of services provided by various healthcare and community-based services. View the conference brochure here.

Pain Society Annual Meeting. The Pain Society of the Carolinas Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions will be held Nov. 1-3 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Topics include the management of acute and chronic pain, the use of opioids in the treatment of pain, and translational pain research. Click here to view the preliminary program and click here for more information about the meeting.

Small & Rural Hospital Conference. The Small & Rural Hospital Conference will be held Nov. 12-13 at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel. Dr. Gary Kaplan, Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle will discuss his organization's journey and lessons learned on the way to becoming a national leader in deploying the Toyota Production System to healthcare management. View the brochure here, or register for the event here.

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

Other News

Community Health Award. CCNC/AccessCare–Robeson County has been nominated for a Community Health Award by Southeastern Health, Community Health. They were nominated for the work of the embedded transitions team within Southeastern Health and the existing partnership between the inpatient team and community partners. The awards ceremony was held at Robeson Community College on Oct. 15.

ACCP Award. Congratulations to Dr. Kim Thrasher on receiving the Ambulatory Care PRN Member Achievement Award at the recent American College of Clinical Pharmacy Meeting. This honor is awarded in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of ambulatory care clinical pharmacy practice. Well deserved, Dr. Thrasher!

Living Healthy Program. Barbara James, Living Healthy Coordinator at Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties and Travis Battle, Strengthening the Black Family, Inc., were interviewed on FOX50 about the Living Healthy Program. Check out the full interview here. Great job, Barbara!

PCMH Expert. Congratulations to Marianne Ferlazzo, QI Specialist for AccessCare, who recently passed the exam for NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert. Certified NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Experts receive thorough training and demonstrate in-depth knowledge to assist organizations applying for NCQA PCMH Recognition.

PMP Credential. Congratulations to Monique Poole, Project Administrator/Trainer for AccessCare, who recently passed the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. The PMP credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers administered by the Project Management Institute.

New CCNC Team Members. Please welcome Staff Accountant, Katherine Yuan (Oct. 28), and Project Coordinator for Physician Practice Connectivity Outreach Kerry Kribbs (Nov. 4)!

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.   

  • Community Transformation Grant Project Clinical Liaison
  • Team Lead ETL Programmer
  • Senior Data Analyst

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