Friday, November 1, 2013
In the News
Project Lazarus. Two permanent dropboxes for safe medicine disposal were placed in the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department’s office and the North Wilkesboro Police Department. Fred Brason and Dana Zacharias (far left) with Project Lazarus were onsite for the placement.
DHHS Update. Discussion surrounding the future of North Carolina’s Medicaid program continues. Articles relevant to Medicaid coverage, reform, and expansion are below.
- News & Observer
- Huffington Post
- Charlotte Observer
- Associated Press (via The Virginian-Pilot)
Medicaid Reform Advisory Group. Governor McCrory has appointed the following to the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group: Dennis Barry of Guilford County, the CEO Emeritus of the Cone Health System; Peggy Terhune of Randolph County, the Executive/CEO of Monarch, formerly The Arc of Stanly County and Arc Services; and Richard Gilbert, MD, MBA of Mecklenburg County, a former chief of staff for Carolinas Medical Center and chief of the Department of Anesthesiology for CMC for 20 years. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis has appointed Representative Nelson Dollar who represents a Wake County district and President Pro Tempore of the Senate Phil Berger has appointed Senator Louis Pate of Lenoir, who represents a district covering Pitt and Wayne Counties. This group of five will be chaired by Barry and will work with DHHS and stakeholder groups to present a plan to the NC General Assembly no later than March 17, 2014. Read the full announcement here.
Formulary Journal. CCNC and GSK’s new approach to analyzing health information that allows healthcare providers and payers to improve health care quality and rein in cost is highlighted in a recent article in Formulary Journal. Click here to read the full article.
Case Management Monthly. CCNC’s transitional care program and the findings from the August 2013 Health Affairs study are featured in the November 2013 edition of Case Management Monthly. Click here to view the issue.
CHCS Policy Brief. CCNC’s success with high-utilizing patients is featured in this brief sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit. Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, MPH at the University of California San Francisco, recently undertook a review of super-utilizer programs nationally to help guide the San Francisco Health Plan in designing better ways to care for high-risk, hard-to-reach patients. His examination of 14 high-utilizer programs, including CCNC, uncovered valuable insights for states, health plans, and providers looking to improve care delivery for Medicaid’s sickest, costliest patients. View the full brief 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.
NCHICA Forum. The North Carolina Health Care Information and Communications Alliance invites you to attend the second “Thought Leader Forum on Analytics & Informatics” on Nov. 4. CCNC’s Annette DuBard will join other distinguished panelists for a discussion on Analytics for Value-Based Healthcare. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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.
CCLCF Website. Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear launched a new website today! Check it out here.
AmeriCorps. CCNC recently extended the NC ElderCare Assistant Program, funded by the AmeriCorps grant, to Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties. Since September 2013, both Community Health Partners and Community Care of Wake and Johnston are hosting a total of 13 AmeriCorps members to serve as ElderCare Assistants. The ElderCare Assistants act as an extension of the network nurse care managers performing non-licensed duties that serve to assist patients that are living alone at home or in Adult Care Homes. Angela Floyd is the CCNC Program Director for the AmeriCorps grant.
MARP Updates. CCNC’s recently released Medication Access and Review Program (MARP) version 126.96.36.199, which includes extensive modifications to implement a consolidated database design that spans data from what were previously 125 standalone user site databases with 670 current users and 168,712 patients served since its inception in 2003. The web based front end was modified to account for the new consolidated database design with minimal impact on the current MARP end user experience. Technologies included in MARP which were previously based on Visual Studio 6 have been upgraded to the more recent Visual Studio 2010.
Medicaid ID Cards. Several N.C. Medicaid beneficiaries have received Medicaid ID Cards with the incorrect Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization administrative contact telephone numbers on them. These numbers appear on the back of the Medicaid ID Card. The DMA website site has the correct list of numbers.
New CCNC Team Members. Please welcome Software Engineer Mark Wood, who will join us full time on Nov. 11!
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.
- Team Lead ETL Programmer
- Senior Data Analyst
- Financial Analyst
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