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Network Update 58: 02/21/2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

In the News

Project Lazarus Events and Developments

Caldwell County - Fox 46 Carolinas highlighted AccessCare’s Foothills Region (Caldwell) and their work to raise awareness of prescription drug addiction. As a part of this effort, prescription drug drop boxes have been installed at the Lenoir police station to collect ‘unused, unwanted, expired medication.’ Watch the segment here.

Wilkes County - NC Health News explored Project Lazarus' success in Project Lazarus' original pilot county. Read the article here.

NC Medicaid Coverage. The Medicaid Advisory Group will hold its next meeting on Wed., Feb. 26. For Medicaid-related news stories, please click here.

CHIPRA videos.  Don't miss the "Engaging Adolescents" video series just produced by the CHIPRA team. View the videos here.


AHRQ Webinar. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 3-4 p.m., introducing the Medical Care Special Issue, “Advancing the Field: Results from the AHRQ Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Network.” This Special Issue, to be released Feb. 24, presents research and commentaries based on AHRQ-funded grants to improve understanding about how to best care for people with MCC. In addition to two other presentations, Dr. Annette DuBard’s presentation, “Use of Medical Homes by Patients with Comorbid Physical and Severe Mental Illness” will be highlighted. Register for the webinar here.

Lunch & Learn Webinars. CCME Consulting is hosting a free lunch and learn webinar series. Upcoming webinars include, “North Carolina Health Information Exchange: Public Health Lessons Learned and Achieving Meaningful Use” on March 12 and “Patient Portal 101” on April 16. To register for the March 12 webinar, which features CCNC's Jayson Caracciolo as speaker, 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

AHEC CE Workshop. The Charlotte AHEC Center for Learning @ Development will host “Leadership Strategies for Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions” on Wed., April 22 from 9-4 p.m. The event will provide hospital leadership and clinicians both technical and behavioral strategies to reduce avoidable readmissions that impact both the quality of care and reduce the financial impact of hospital readmissions. For more information about the event, click here. CE credits are available.


  • Participation Update. To date, more than 600 total sites are participants of NC HIE throughout North Carolina including more than 600 ambulatory practices and 23 total hospitals.
  • NC Neurological Society Annual Meeting. The NC Neurological Society will host its Annual Meeting on Feb. 21-23 in Pinehurst. Meeting topics include legislative activity that will impact the future of health care delivery and neurology in NC. NC HIE will exhibit at the event. For more information, click here.
  • NC Chapter of ACP Annual Session. The NC Chapter of American College of Physicians will host its Annual Session on March 1 in Greensboro. Session topics include new developments in the health care climate in North Carolina. NC HIE will exhibit at the event. For more information, click here.
  • NC HIE Connectivity Subsidy Program. The Division of Medical Assistance and CCNC are offering a subsidy program that will help cover the costs of connecting qualifying practices to NC HIE, enabling access to a wide array of NC HIE services and Meaningful Use reporting functionalities. Contact Kerry Kribbs for additional information.

Other News

CCNC Health Tips.  The Sandhills Tribune (Carthage, NC) picked up a CCNC press release listing helpful health tips for 2014.  See the story here.

Kudos! Kelly Garrison, Director of QI & Informatics for Northwest Community Care Network was recently named to the Triad Business Journal’s 2014 list of 40 Leaders Under 40. The recognition honors young leaders for their accomplishments and contributions to the Piedmont Triad as well as their potential in the years to come. Read more about the selection here. Congratulations Kelly!

Congratulations! Cleveland Piggott, an MD/MPH candidate at UNC School of Medicine, penned an article, “Multi-School, Student-Led, Grassroots Movement Covers New Ground,” for Primary Care Progress. The article details how NC medical students supported CCNC’s work through a petition they signed and presented at the last Medicaid Reform Advisory Group. Well done, Cleveland!

Partnership for Patients. Three CCNC networks recently participated in a national webinar for the Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative. PfP is a national patient safety initiative supporting broad-based efforts to reduce harm caused to patients in hospitals and improve care transitions. Ronald E. Gaskins, MBA, MPA, Deputy Network Director of the Northwest Community Care gave a presentation and joined Sherri Branski, RN, MSN, CCM and Sara Massie, MPH of AccessCare and Kim Guillemette, MS, LSSBB, BSN, RN, CPHQ of AccessEast for a panel discussion. For more information, check out the news release.

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.

Toxic Stress Initiative. The AccessCare Foothills Region team has been selected to participate in ‘Buffering Toxic Stress through Responsive Relationships,’ an initiative focused on understanding the causes and effects of toxic stress made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, & Families awarded to the North Carolina Infant & Young Child Mental Health Association. As part of the training, team members will learn at least four evidence-based early childhood mental health interventions and work to develop a plan for building local community collaboration with the goal of promoting evidence-based early childhood mental health interventions.

Welcome new faces. Please welcome Pharmacy Intern Joshua Toliver and Contractor Thomas Rardin to the CCNC family!

Career Opportunities at CCNC. Check out the positions open in local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.   

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

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