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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.
- DHHS - Medicaid Reform Advisory Group Holds Its First Open Meeting
- WFAE.org - NC Medicaid Advisory Group: 'No Decisions' On Overhaul Yet
- Triangle Business Journal - State advisory group has daunting task: Fix Medicaid
- Associated Press (via The Kansas City Star) - Scope of NC Medicaid overhaul proposal changes
- Fayetteville Observer - Our View: State changes course on Medicaid. Good
- YES! Weekly - MEDICAID: DON’T BREAK THE FIX
- Winston-Salem Journal - Medicaid regions would preserve Triad, Northwest NC ties
Other NC DHHS/Medicaid-related stories
- Winston-Salem Journal (opinion) - Chris Fitzsimon on McCrory’s list of regrets and resolutions
- Fayetteville Observer (opinion) - Our View: DHHS debacles need fixing, not praise
- WSOCTV.com - Follow-up NC audit finds NCTracks problems
- WSOCTV.com - DHHS staff defends troubled NC Medicaid software
- BlueRidgeNow.com (editorial) - Don’t quit before fixing NC Tracks
- WFMY (online) - Audit Finds Problems In NC Medicaid Billing Program
- WRAL.com - 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
- The Herald-Sun - Bell, McKissick call for Medicaid expansion
- WRAL.com - White House calls for North Carolina to expand Medicaid
- Triangle Business Journal - What's N.C. forgoing by not expanding Medicaid? Study says billions
- WRAL.com - Docs, Dems call for Medicaid expansion
- Triangle Business Journal - Moral Monday protesters still want Medicaid expansion
Mental Health Reform
- WRAL.com - Feds question NC's mental health funding
Project Lazarus events and developments
A 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.
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.
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.
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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