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Network Update 54: 12/20/2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

In the News

Care Management Success. Northwest Community Care's care management and medical home success was spotlighted in this Winston-Salem Journal article. Great work from care manager Donna Whitman!

Pharmacy Times. CCNC's Troy Trygstad wrote an article for Pharmacy Times about how a forward-looking strategy is essential when selecting HIT solutions. Read the full article here.

NC Medicaid. North Carolina's Medicaid Reform Advisory Group unveiled a plan that would divide the state into six or seven regions, and the state would enter into agreements with MCOs or provider networks to deliver services. The advisory group will take public comment in January on the new proposal. Media coverage on the plan and the advisory group's December meeting is below.

Medicaid Reform

Other NC DHHS/Medicaid-related stories


NC Tracks

  • - Follow-up NC audit finds NCTracks problems 
  • - DHHS staff defends troubled NC Medicaid software
  • (editorial) - Don’t quit before fixing NC Tracks

State Audit

  • WFMY (online) - Audit Finds Problems In NC Medicaid Billing Program  
  • - Audit: DHHS ill-equipped to handle troubles with Medicaid billing system 
  • News & Observer - NC auditor says Medicaid claims system had more than 3,200 defects 
  • Triangle Business Journal - Audit cites 3,200 defects in Medicaid payment system  
  • Associated Press (via Asheville Citizen-Times) - Audit finds issues in NC Medicaid system  
  • Triangle Business Journal - Wood blasts DHHS for defects revealed in audit 

Medicaid Expansion

Mental Health Reform

  • - Feds question NC's mental health funding

Project Lazarus events and developments

Polk County

Project Lazarus community coalition is catalyzing a band of community partners in law enforcement, schools, health organizations and faith-based organizations to work toward reducing unintentional poisonings, with a roll out meeting in January. Read more about the Polk County efforts in the Tryon Daily Bulletin.

Davidson County 

On Dec. 10, a keynote speaker and 75 people helped announce The Davidson County Stop Prescription Drug Abuse Now, a new coalition aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse in Davidson County. The coalition is a branch of Project Lazarus, and the first Davidson County Project Lazarus Forum at the Lexington Police Training Center served as a way to publicly announce the effort. Read more about the meeting in The Dispatch.

Pitt County

CCNC's Dr. Tom Wroth led a discussion among 75 primary care and emergency physicians and nurses, pharmacists, pain specialists, substance abuse treatment and behavioral health providers, and representatives from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office to better communicate the available approaches to pain management that could effectively reduce incidences of harm caused by improper or poorly managed medication use. Read more about the program in the Greenville Daily Reflector.


The training, “A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain,” will be held 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.

Other News

BCBSNC Foundation. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation - in partnership with the Center for Public Health Quality, the NC State University Industrial Extension Service, the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care, and UNC Schools of Dentistry and Medicine - is offering a capacity building opportunity for safety net dental clinics and their partners. An applicant webinar is scheduled for Jan. 9 at 9:00 a.m.. (click here to join) and applications are due Feb. 3. Check out more about the initiative here

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

New CCNC Team Members. Please welcome Financial Analyst Sharlene McLeod and Senior Data Analyst Seth Tyree who will join our staff on Jan. 6! Also, Pharmacy Program Assistants Casey Thompson and Suruchi Dave will transition from AccessCare to CCNC employees on Jan. 2!

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.   

  • Network Relations Coordinator
  • Clinical Applications and Interface Manager
  • Human Resources Coordinator

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