Network Update 6: 1/6/2012

  • Milliman Report Finds Savings of Nearly $1B
    An analysis of Medicaid data by consulting firm Milliman, Inc, has found that CCNC saved North Carolina nearly a billion dollars over a four-year period from 2007 through 2010. This is a tremendous accomplishment that validates the CCNC “quality first” approach. Congratulations to all who contributed to this stellar result. Links to a sampling of press coverage are listed below.
    -- News and Observer
    -- Charlotte Observer
    -- Triangle Business Journal
    -- Greensboro News and Record
    -- AP feed (carried in numerous publications/sites - link no longer active)
    -- Stateline

  • Dobson honored by Red Cross
    Dr. Allen Dobson is to be honored for his long-term commitment to community service by the American Red Cross. The award will be presented by the Cabarrus County chapter of the Red Cross at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis on January 10 at 7:00 p.m. Congratulations to Dr. Dobson for this well-deserved honor.

  • Many NC Practices Pursue 2008 PCMH
    A stunning 35 medical practices have recently applied for PCMH recognition under NCQA’s 2008 standards. Congratulations on tireless efforts by CCNC networks and the guidance provided by the PCMH Team for helping practices make the leap to patient-centered care.

  • Two CCNC Networks Awarded Health Disparities Grants
    Congrats to two CCNC networks on being awarded Access Grants to address health disparities among African Americans. The grants are provided by the Community Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (CFEHDI), a project of the NC Office of Minority Health.
    -- Wake/Johnson: The Wake County Medical Society-Community Health Foundation (including folks from Community Care of Wake/Johnson) submitted a unique proposal to pay community health ambassadors a stipend to provide lay education and be support partners The program will assist uninsured minorities in applying for insurance through Medicaid or Medicare, educate recipients on working with a primary care provider, guide uninsured patients to available resources and support patients with chronic diseases.
    -- AccessCare: AccessCare will implement a project focused in Chatham and Orange counties, where there are increasing numbers of uninsured and minorities, more families living in poverty, more people with chronic disease and challenges in accessing health care. AccessCare will partner with community based organizations, local health departments, UNC Hospitals, the Town of Chapel Hill and others to identify and assist at-risk patients.

  • More New Faces in CCNC Family
    -- Dr. Robert Lee “Chuck” Rich: Welcome to Bladen County’s Dr. Robert Rich, who has just been named Medical Director for Community Care of Lower Cape Fear. A familiar name to many of us, Dr. Rich has practiced family medicine in Elizabethtown, NC, since 1992. He has served as the Medical Director of Bladen Medical Associates, and the President of the Medical Staff at Bladen Hospital. He is a past President and Board Chair of the NC Academy of Family Physicians and serves on multiple committees of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
    -- Donna Meeks: Donna is joining the CCNC staff at Rexwoods effective January 18. She’ll serve at a Senior Data Analyst reporting to Carlos Jackson.

  • Study on Antipsychotics Published
    Speaking of Carlos Jackson, he co-authored a study on Monitoring Side Effects with Antipsychotic Medication that has been published in the latest issue of Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses. Carlos notes that while the study focused on veterans, the findings are relevant to A+KIDS and CCNC’s QMAF measure for metabolic monitoring. The journal has graciously allowed us to post the full text of the study on CCNC’s website.

  • New Security Procedures.
    Please note that visitors to Rexwoods will now be asked to sign in at the front desks on the first and second floor. This is part of our HIPAA compliance procedures and your cooperation is much appreciated.

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