Network Update 83: 3/16/2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

In the News

Pharmacy Times. CCNC’s Troy Trygstad wrote an article for Pharmacy Times, “Let Quality Be Our North Star,” in which he highlights that high-quality care is essential to patient satisfaction. Read the entire piece here

Kudos! Dr. Marilyn Pearson, director of the Johnston County Public Health Department, has been named Health Director of the Year by the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors. Dr. Pearson also serves on the Community Care of North Carolina Board of Directors. Read the full article in the News & Observer.

Healthcare Hero. Jamie Philyaw, Network Director for Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties was recently recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a 2015 Healthcare Hero. Congratulations, Jamie!

AHRQ PCMH Panel. CCNC’s Dr. Chip Watkins now serves on the AHRQ’s PCMH CAHPS Technical Expert Panel. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) program is a multi-year initiative of the AHRQ to support and promote the assessment of consumers' experiences with health care. Way to go, Chip!

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


Outpatient Follow-Up. The Annals of Family Medicine published a study by CCNC’s Annette DuBard, MD, MPH, Carlos Jackson, PhD and others. The study, “Timeliness of Outpatient Follow-up: An Evidence-Based Approach for Planning After Hospital Discharge,” shows that transitional care resources would be best allocated toward ensuring that highest risk patients receive follow-up within 7 days. Check out the study here, and see additional coverage on: Medscape, FierceHealthcare and Physician’s Briefing.

Population Health. Dr. DuBard provided insight as a thought leader in a recent edition of Population Health. Dr. DuBard commented on whether population health homogenized healthcare. See her opinion here.