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Network Update 55: 01/10/2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

In the News

NC Medicaid. North Carolina's Medicaid Reform Advisory Group will take public comment on the proposal presented in December at its next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The group will also hear recommendations from several other community groups. In the meantime, NC DHHS has remained in the news. Relevant coverage is below. 

Medicaid Card Error

  • Asheville Citizen-Times: State sends wrong Medicaid cards to nearly 50,000 people
  • NC DHHS: Acting Medicaid Director Sandy Terrell Releases Information on Medicaid Card Incident
  • WTVD (online):  State: Incorrect Medicaid cards mailed to some recipients 
  • Associated Press (via The Virginian-Pilot): Some N.C. officials knew of Medicaid card misfire
  • WECT (online): DHHS follows up after information mix-up
  • WNCN (online): DHHS blames human error on Medicaid mistake 
  • Winston-Salem Journal (editorial): Medicaid card mismailing was another big DHHS problem
  • WRAL (online): DHHS: Medicaid card error was privacy breach 
  • Winston-Salem Journal: Medicaid recipients will face at least three-week delay in getting new cards 

Medicaid Expansion


Project Lazarus events and developments

Polk County

Project Lazarus is hosting a special dinner and presentation on Jan. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Isothermal Community College Polk Center. After law enforcement experts provide data, everyone present will be encouraged to brainstorm solutions. Read more about Project Lazarus efforts in Polk County in the Tryon Daily Bulletin.

Mecklenburg County 

Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg, Pfizer, CCNC, The Governor's Institute and Project Lazarus are hosting a free dinner program for health care professionals including a presentation, "Pain Narrative for Primary Care and A Guide to Rational Opiod Prescribing" on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Register before Feb. 14 by sending your name, title, organization and email address to Megan Okkerse or call (704) 512-5555.


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 Charlotte and Mt. Airy in the coming months. Visit the Project Lazarus registration site for more information and to register for trainings.

Other News

Care Transitions Summit. The North Carolina Alliance for Effective Care Transitions (NC ACT) will host its third annual NC Care Transitions Summit on Jan. 31. The event is designed to share effective practices at the national, state, and local levels, highlight available resources, and develop and strengthen partnership. CCNC serves as one of the Summit Sponsors. For information on the Summit and details on how to register, click here.  

Health Care Heroes. Triangle Business Journal will honor Triangle individuals and organizations for putting innovation and compassion to work to improve the human condition with its 13th annual Health Care Heroes Awards. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 20. Find more information about categories and submission guidelines here

NCCN Website. Northwest Community Care Network has launched a new website, Facebook and Twitter. Check them out!

CCWNC Openings. Community Care of Western North Carolina seeks candidates for the position of Senior Human Resources Generalist for the main office in Asheville, NC. Position is responsible for all phases of HR management; major areas of responsibility include talent acquisition and retention, comp and benefits, performance management, workers’ comp, safety and employee relations. PHR certification, a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a human resource related field, and 5-8 years of progressive experience required. Experience with HR systems, Project Management and/or Accreditation preferred. Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Power Point and Word with proven ability to work independently. Submit resume to HR or fax to 828-348-2757. EOE

NC HIE. The Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) is offering a subsidy program that will help cover the costs of connecting qualifying practices to the NC HIE, enabling access to a wide array of NC HIE services and MU reporting functionalities. CCNC will be administering this subsidy program. Kerry Kribbs has joined the CCNC team and will be working with Jayson Caracciolo to launch the CCNC/NC HIE Connectivity Challenge. Contact Kerry for additional information.

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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