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Network Update 59: 03/07/2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

In the News

Project Lazarus. The Huffington Post spotlighted North Carolina's efforts to reduce drug overdose deaths; check out the article here.

Yadkin County - A March 6 meeting drew around 100 Yadkin County residents to discuss establishing the  Project Lazarus program in the area. Read more in the Yadkin Ripple.

PHARMACeHOME. The Pharmacy Home Project is featured in ComputerTalk for the Pharmacist. Check out the article here

Beacon Community. Community Care of the Southern Piedmont is featured in a recent Population Health Management article about Beacon Communities using Health IT to optimize care management. Check it out here.

NC Medicaid Coverage. The Medicaid Advisory Group held a meeting on Feb. 26 and presented a framework to reform the N.C. Medicaid program. This new framework is based on feedback from the two previous Medicaid Reform Advisory Group meetings, and from traveling to meet with stakeholders across the state. For additional Medicaid-related news stories, please click 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.


  • NC Pediatric Society Retreat. The NC Pediatric Society will host its 2014 Spring Retreat on March 20 in Concord. NC HIE will be exhibiting and presenting about NC HIE updates and current initiatives. For more information and to register, click here
  • NC PATH. With the extension of federal Stark legislation, funding is still available to help practices implement a certified electronic medical record (EMR) in 2014. NC PATH is open to free clinics and practices that are in-network (Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC) and currently without a certified EMR solution. 

Other News

CCNC Health Tips.  The Sandhills Tribune (Carthage, NC) picked up a CCNC press release listing tips on when to go to the emergency room and when to contact your primary care physician. See the story here.

Kudos! Sajid Hussain earned his PMI-ACP (Project Management Institute - Agile Certified Practitioner) certification! The PMI-ACP certification recognizes an individual’s expertise in using agile practices in their projects, while demonstrating their increased professional versatility through agile tools and techniques. Also, the PMI-ACP certification carries a higher level of professional credibility as it requires a combination of agile training, experience working on agile projects, and examination on agile principles, practices, tools and techniques. Find out more about the exam here.

Congratulations! Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson of Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties has been chosen as a finalist for the Triangle Business Journal’s 2014 Health Care Hero awards. Winners will be announced at a reception on March 20. Good luck, Dr. Tilson!

Strategic Planning Seminar. Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is hosting Strategic Planning for the Future of Health Care, a 3-day Executive Education course that will challenge participants to think more strategically and creatively about how their business can continue to prosper in health care's new landscape. The event will be held May 14-16. Visit The Fuqua School of Business Executive Education website for more information and to register.

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.

Welcome New Faces. Please welcome Chief Information Officer for CCNC Services, Inc. Frank Jackson and ETL Developer Dawn Fulks (starting March 24) to the CCNC family!

Career Opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for Director of Population Care Management. For more information, please see the CCNC Careers page. Don't forget to 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 Integration Engineer. For more information, please see the NC HIE Careers page.

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