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Network Update 56: 01/24/2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

In the News

NC Medicaid Reform. CCNC's Mark Benton  narrates a presentation on North Carolina Medicaid reform that's now hosted on CCNC website. The video runs approximately 1 hour and twenty minutes and details challenges and recommended approaches to reforming North Carolina's  Medicaid program. Click here to view the presentation.

NC Medicaid Advisory Group. North Carolina's Medicaid Reform Advisory Group heard comments from the public at its second meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Mark Benton testified on behalf of CCNC.  Strong support of CCNC was evident throughout the meeting, including very strong support from the two speakers detailed below.

  • NCMS president speaks to Medicaid Reform Advisory Group. Devdutta Sangvai, MD, MBA, North Carolina Medical Society president, encouraged Medicaid policymakers to look beyond managed care to developing value-driven systems serving the private sector and Medicare. See the NCMS blog for details and to comment. 
  • Medical students speak out. More than 300 UNC medical students signed a petition supporting a role for Community Care of North Carolina in Medicaid reform. For details, see the UNC news site. 

Other NC Medicaid News.  For more Medicaid-related news stories, please click here.

Project Lazarus Events and Developments

Polk County - The Project Lazarus meeting in Polk County received media coverage in both North and South Carolina.

Gaston County - Earlier this month Project Lazarus hosted a meeting at Partners Behavioral Health to rekindle past efforts that addressed unintentional prescription drug overdoses. Gaston County and other communities met to discuss how best to approach the issue; which could include putting up billboards for public awareness, providing 24-hour drop-off boxes for old prescription drugs and more. Read more in the Gaston Gazette.

Cabarrus County - Training entitled “A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain,” will be held at Cabarrus Family Medicine on Jan. 30. Sign up 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.


  • NC HIE Provider Survey. NC HIE is working with the North Carolina Medical Group Managers (NCMGM), the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) to better understand what services are most useful to providers and measure provider awareness of NC HIE services. To take the survey, click here.
  • NC HIE Trainings and Webinars. Trainings include a functionality tutorial of the NC HIE Clinical Portal and an overview of patient opt-out options within the HIE Network. The Meeting Meaningful Use webinar highlights NC HIE core services, an overview of the partnership between CCNC, NC HIE and NC DHHS, and the role NC HIE plays in helping practices meet Meaningful Use. For more information on the upcoming trainings and webinars and to register, click here


CCNC population management efforts detailed in national journal.  The impact of CCNC’s approach to managing the care of a population of 169,667 non-elderly Medicaid recipients with disabilities is discussed in an article in Population Health Management that was just published in hard copy this week.  For more details, go here

NCMJ details changes in pharmacy education. There is an interesting article in this month’s NC Medical Journal regarding how UNC School of Pharmacy is changing how it prepares students for the challenges of today’s health care delivery system. 

PCPCC Report. The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative just issued a report entitled “The Medical Home’s Impact on Cost & Quality,” an annual effort to highlight published clinical, quality, and financial outcomes of patient-centered medical home initiatives from across the US. The report focuses on studies released between August 2012 and December 2013 and identifies where they are happening, who is leading them, and key outcomes. Read the full study here.


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.  

NC Pediatric Society Winter meeting.  The North Carolina Pediatric Society will host its 2014 Winter Open Forum on Jan. 25 in Pinehurst. The Forum agenda includes information about the NC immunization program and Medicaid reform. NC HIE will be exhibiting at the event. For more information on the Forum and details on how to register, click here.

Cone Health Patient Education Summit. Don't miss this event on Friday April 11 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. This interdisciplinary conference will identifying strategies for overcoming barriers and challenges in patient education and healthcare literacy. For details, go to the AHEC site

Triangle Business Journal to host health care symposium. TBJ will host a health care symposium on the Affordable Care Act entitled “The Affordable Care Law: It's Here; Now What?” For more details and to register, go to the Tri-Biz event page.Other News

Other News

Beacon/Community Care of Southern Piedmont video. Check out this great video detailing the work of NC's Beacon Community in using information technology, including health information exchanges, to improve provider communication, increase patient access to health records and improve care delivery.

Hospice Expansion. High County Health & Fitness highlighted Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care’s service expansion to western NC’s High County through a partnership with Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. Read the full article here.

NCDOJ Grant Opportunities. The NCDOJ Consumer Protection Division has released information about 2014 grants available for health and consumer protection programs. Funds have been used in the past to educate consumers, support local food banks, help struggling homeowners, and give patients access to needed medicines. Click here for more information on how to apply and the review and awards process.

2014 Rural Economic Development Institute application out. The Rural Center has opened the application process for the 2014 Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), the center’s signature program for rural leaders. REDI will take place April 23-25, May 14-16 and June 11-13 at the Rural Center in Raleigh. Between classes, REDI class members complete homework assignments and are given the opportunity to put their skills into action in their home communities. Participants are selected through a highly competitive process. Tuition is $595, and limited scholarships are available. Applications are due Feb. 14, 2014. For more information click here

Welcome new faces. Please welcome incoming HR Coordinator Nikki May to the CCNC family!

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

Career Opportunities at NC HIE. Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions. For more information, please see the NC HIE Careers page.

  • Integration Engineer
  • Implementation Senior Manager

CCWNC Opening. 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.  Submit resume to HR or fax to 828-348-2757.

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