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Network Update 53: 12/6/2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

In the News

North Carolina's Medicaid Reform Advisory Group met for the first time this week.  Materials from the December 5 meeting are available on the DHHS Medicaid Reform site.  Coverage on the meeting is listed below.

Medicaid Reform

  • Triad Business Journal - Medicaid reform "crucial" in 2014, McCrory says
  • News & Observer - Medicaid overhaul shifts to regional managed care plans
  • - Latest effort to reform Medicaid under way
  • WUNC - NC Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Care To Regional Plans
  • Associated Press (via The Virginian-Pilot) - Panel: Could take until 2020 to stabilize Medicaid in NC
  • NC Health News - Advisory Group Begins to Sketch Future of State Medicaid System
  • Yes! Weekly - First do no harm: Dr. Aldona Wos and the path to Medicaid reform in North Carolina

Other NC Medicaid-related stories

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee meeting November 19, including discussions about the DMA audit and other DHHS issues

  • - DHHS staffers lay out progress on Medicaid billing system
  • NC Health News -Lawmakers Debate Medicaid’s Past and Future
  • WFDD -Medicaid Expansion Still Uncertain
  • -Wood, lawmakers blast NCTracks, DHHS
  • WTVD - Beth Wood defends North Carolina Medicaid audit for second day
  • WUNC -State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS
  • Triangle Business Journal - Auditor Wood: DHHS Secretary Wos provided incorrect information
  • News & Observer - North Carolina's DHHS wrongly feels no need to explain contracts (editorial)

NC Tracks

  • News & Observer  - Problems remain with NC’s Medicaid payment system
  • Associated Press (via - NC officials say Medicaid billing progress made
  • - DHHS staffers lay out progress on Medicaid billing system
  • News & Observer- NC Tracks problems reflect lapses in leadership (editorial)
  • News & Observer - Hearing highlights woes with NC Medicaid claims system (Under the Dome)

Mental Health Reform

Project Lazarus events and developments

The Partnership for Community Care (P4CC) also installed a medication dropbox, and Project Lazarus Executive Director Fred Brason was on hand for the ribbon cutting.  Also check out the two videos produced for Project Lazarus by P4CC.  Check them out here and here.

Watauga County
The High Country Press highlighted the installment of Watauga County’s first medication drop box in the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. The box was sponsored by The Project Lazarus Community Coalition of Watauga County. Read more about the installation here.

Davidson County
Stop Prescription Abuse Now, CCNC and Project Lazarus will hold a community forum Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Lexington Police Training Center to focus on prescription drug overdose prevention. Read more about the event here. The NCHA weekly newsletter spotlighted Project Lazarus trainings offered in January. The training, “A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain,” will be at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital on Jan. 23 and at Cabarrus Family Medicine on Jan. 30. Sign up for the Jan. 23 here, or the Jan. 30 event here. Additional training programs are scheduled for Greenville and Charlotte in the coming month. Visit the Project Lazarus registration site for more information and to register for trainings.

Pharmacy Home Project. The Pharmacy has launched – a website dedicated to The Pharmacy Home Project. The Project has already benefited North Carolina’s patients and it’s now expanding to create a national presence and encourage other communities to build their own Pharmacy Homes. Check out the website and keep up with the Project on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


NC HIE Trainings. NC HIE, the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation and CCNC are providing a two-hour training on NC HIE: Opt-Out training and Super User training on Dec. 12. For details, check here.

Other News

NCHICA Thought Leader Forum. At the Nov. 4 NCHICA Thought Leader Forum on Analytics & Informatics, CCNC’s Dr. Annette DuBard participated in a lively discussion with panelists about analytics and value-based healthcare. See Dr. DuBard’s presentation here, or check out a video of the event here. The next Thought Leader Forum is scheduled for February 5, 2014 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Caring for the Developmentally Disabled. The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry are offering a free, 12 credit-hour webinar series for physicians covering best practices in the care of adults with developmental disabilities. The series is designed to enhance the practice skill of primary care physicians and residents for adult patients with developmental disabilities.Each webinar is accredited by the AAFP for 1.0 hours of prescribed credit (recognized by the AMA as equivalent to Category 1 credit). A total of up to 12.0 credit hours are available to those who participate. The free webinars can be found online here

Health Break. The Call Center Health Coaches will host Health Break discussions on the first Thursday of each month, and anyone interested is welcome to participate or listen in. Some topics are also discussed in Spanish on the second Thursday of the month. Information about upcoming discussions will be sent out.

AHRQ Video. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has posted a new video on Multiple Chronic Conditions. The video focuses on a patient with multiple chronic conditions who struggles to keep track of the various instructions, treatments, and prescriptions she receives – all while trying to maintain a balanced life. Check out the video here.

Care Triage. The Pharmacy Department announced Care Triage is now live within PHARMACeHOME. Currently there is only one clinical rule that is live but the team will release additional rules soon and will announce the implementation of each one. Check out the full announcement here.

Kudos! Congratulations to Theo Pikoulas on passing the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Psychiatric Pharmacy Exam! Theo is now board certified in psychiatric pharmacy – nice job!

New CCNC Team Member. Please welcome CTG Clinical Liaison Janet Suttie and Public Relations and Communications Coordinator for NC HIE Morgan Servie

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 additional positions open in local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.   

  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • IT Administrative Support Specialist

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