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Network Update 60: 03/21/2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

In the News

Project Lazarus. Fred Brason II, CEO of Project Lazarus, was the keynote speaker for the CARE Coalition luncheon Feb. 26 at the Transylvania County Library. Approximately 50 people attended to hear Fred share the Project Lazarus model that has been successful in reducing prescription pill overdoses in Wilkes County. For the full Transylvania Times article, click here.

NC Medicaid Reform. On Monday, March 17, Governor McCrory’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Group announced a significantly revised proposal for reforming North Carolina’s Medicaid program. DHHS plans to utilize ACOs, while building on what NC already has in place, to put patients first, improve whole person care, increase budget predictability and help ensure the Medicaid program is sustainable. To view the full text of the Proposal to Reform North Carolina’s Medicaid Program, click here. Additional relevant NC Medicaid news coverage can be found here.


NCMJ. CCNC is well represented in the recent North Carolina Medical Journal. Check out these three articles featuring CCNC consultants, staff and Dr. Dobson:


Cone Health Patient Education Summit. On Friday, April 11 Moses Cone Hospital will host an interdisciplinary conference to identify 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 OBGYN Society Annual Meeting. The NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society will host its 2014 Annual Meeting on April 11-13 in Pinehurst. NC HIE will be exhibiting at the event. 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. Please send interested practices to Monica Rabo at or 919-926-1042.
  • Participant Spotlight. Mid Carolina Family Medicine streamlines workflows and puts patient care first through participation in NC PATH and connection to NC HIE. For the full story, click here.

Other News

Congratulations! Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson of Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties is the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2014 Health Care Hero award in the physician category. See Dr. Tilson's full profile here and a photo of Dr. Tilson and Dr. Dobson from the event here

MOC IV Offering. North Carolina has developed and received approval for an “Oral Health” module as a Maintenance of Certification Part IV Performance in practice quality improvement activity. The aim of the project is to promote the importance of a dental home for young children in the care of pediatric and family practices, in order to decrease oral health decay and promote overall health and well-being for children and their families. The project is now open for registration. Check out this flyer for additional information.

CM Mobile Application. The CMIS development has completed its initial phase of the CM Mobile Application, which provides users with the capability to complete patient documentation in an offline mode from a mobile device and synchronize documentation at a later time. The first assessment tool introduced is CCNC’s Comprehensive Health Assessment. The application was released to the CMIS Alpha Site March 1 for the pilot group’s testing.

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 Data Analyst Jacob Frost, Director Pharmacy Outcomes and Evaluation David Wei, and Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Rudy Cox. (Rudy will take Pam Skillman’s place at the front desk and Pam will move to Suite 140.)

Career Opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for Director of Population Care Management. For more information, please see the CCNC Careers page.  And, at Northwest Community Care Network, applications are currently being accepted for Deputy Medical Director. Don't forget to check out the positions open in other local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.  

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