Network Update 78: 12/8/2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

In the News

Community Outreach. Last month, AccessCare worked with the North Carolina Nurses Association to coordinate the donation of blood pressure cuffs to Clinton Medical Clinic. Check out the full story in Pharmacy Choice.

CMMI Award. Pharmacy Today featured the $15 million CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Health Care Innovation Award that CCNC received in October. The grant will allow a large-scale test of the value of integrating community pharmacies into the medical home care team. Read the Pharmacy Today article here.

NCAFP Winter Meeting. CCNC was well represented at the NC Academy of Family Physicians' Winter Family Physician Weekend at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.  CCNC speakers included Dr. Allen Dobson, Dr. Tom Wroth,  Dr. Conrad L. Flick and John Thompson. The CCNC booth was manned by Paul Mahoney. Issues of interest included Community Physicians of North Carolina, a Clinically Integrated Network being jointly developed by family physicians, pediatricians and community health centers, and Medicare's new Chronic Care Codes which will reimburse physicians for "non-face-to-face" care management activities beginning in 2015.

Project Lazarus. Fred Wells Brason II spoke at a forum at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA after Members of the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force said they wanted to explore whether Project Lazarus could be effective in their town. Read full article in TRIBLive.  Meanwhile, Jessica Eaddy, MSW, Project Lazarus Training Coordinator, Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, was on hand at the NCAFP Winter Meeting to discuss Project Lazarus, distributing information on opioid issues and clinical best practices in pain management.

Healthcare Quality Awards. The NCCCN Board of Directors honored the winners of the 2014 CCNC Healthcare Quality Awards at a luncheon in Raleigh last week. Each winner's work was recognized, and he or she received an engraved award. The Asheville Citizen-Times also spotlighted their local winners here

NC Medicaid. Medicaid-related news coverage can be found here.

Events

NCPOEP. Save March 4, 2015 for North Carolina Pregnancy & Opioid Exposure Project’s conference, “Pregnancy & Opioid Exposure: Improving Outcomes for Women, Infants, and Families” in Greensboro. Join collaborating professionals to learn the current and emerging approaches to best support families at risk for experiencing opioid exposed pregnancies in North Carolina. Medical, behavioral health, justice, child welfare and other professionals working with women of childbearing age, and their infants, are encouraged to attend. 

Other News

CCNC networks announce new leadership. 
Wake/Johnston:  The Board of Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties (CCWJC) has announced new network leadership: Tara Robinson, RN, MSN, MBA, CCM is the new Executive Director. In her eight years with CCWJC, she has served as a CAP-C Care Manager, Director of Provider Services, Deputy Director over Provider Services, Quality Improvement, and Commercial Populations, and as the Privacy Officer. Jamie Philyaw, MSW, has been named the new Network Director. Jamie has been with CCWJC for more than 7 years and has built and led the Behavioral Health team, Chronic Pain Initiative, Integrated Care activities, and hospital-based team. She was a recent recipient of a CCNC Healthcare Quality Awards. Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH continues in her role as Medical Director. 

Cumberland: The Carolina Collaborative Community Care (4C) Board of Directors has announced promotion of Dr. Karin Suess to Executive Director. Karin has served as the interim director since Brenda Sparks' retirement and was cited by 4C Board of Directors Chairman Deborah Teasley for doing "an exemplary job leading the organization."  Rueben Rivers, MD continues at 4C's clinical director.

Welcome to CCJWC's and CC4C's new leadership! Their contact information is available here for CCJWC and here for 4C.

Food Drive. CCNC is hosting a holiday food drive!. Collection boxes are placed throughout the building and donations will be accepted through Jan. 5. In previous food drives, CCNC employees have collected 857 pounds of food – let’s keep up the good work! Contact Joe Voss with any questions. 

NC HIE. Check out NC HIE on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for real-time updates. 

Welcome New Faces! Please welcome back Asst. Director Pharmacy Operations and Payer Programs Jerry McKee to the CCNC family!

Career Opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for several positions - for more information, please see the CCNC Careers page. Don't forget to check out positions open in other local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.  

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