Network Update 85: 4/13/2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the News

Network Strategic Alliance. On July 1, 2015, Partnership for Community Care (P4CC) and Northwest Community Care Network (NCCN) intend to complete a strategic alliance that will serve the 10 Counties of Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin. Leading the alliance is an integrated executive management team: Jim Graham, CEO; Claudette Johnson, Chief Clinical Officer and Art Kelley, MD, CMO. Read local coverage of the alliance in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Pregnancy Medical Home. The News & Observer published an editorial that touted CCNC’s Pregnancy Medical Home program, the cost savings and improvement in quality of life for newborns. Read the editorial here, and CCNC’s press release here

Psychiatric News. In a recent article, Psychiatric News describes a data analysis in which researchers compared a variety of measures of service use by people with serious mental illness enrolled in primary care–based medical homes and those not enrolled. Researchers found that enrollment of patients with serious mental illness in primary care–based medical homes appears to be associated with important changes in primary care service use and to be cost-effective. The analysis calls out CCNC for the relatively large effects on primary care use. Read the full article here

Project Lazarus. Pharmacy Today published an article highlighting Naloxone education and use in communities. CCNC’s Theo Pikoulas, PharmD, BCPP discusses Project Lazarus and the document he developed for community pharmacists that explains how to order naloxone and how to educate patients about naloxone. Read the full article here. Theo was also interviewed on TWC News about CCNC’s overdose prevention programs. Watch his interview here

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

Events

Health is Primary. The Health Is Primary Raleigh City Tour has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Health Is Primary is a three-year communications campaign traveling to cities across the country to showcase local initiatives improving primary care. The event will feature local leaders who are building a strong primary care system and delivering on the Triple Aim of better health and quality at a lower cost. You can find details on the Health is Primary campaign here.

Behavioral Health Trainings. Several BH-focused activities are planned for April and May:

  • April 24, Raleigh: Health Literacy Conference. Register Here.
  • May 6, Dunn: Community Health Center SBIRT Training. Register Here.
  • May 12, Raleigh: North Carolina Suicide Prevention Summit. Register Here. 
  • May 16, Chapel Hill: Pain Management Updates for the Primary Care Provider. Register Here.

I/DD Workshop. Children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) often have difficulty accessing medical care and are at risk for poor health outcomes. Many people with I/DD need an expanded care team to improve access and quality of care. On May 20, “The Role of Coordinated Team Care in Improving the Health of Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” workshop is an opportunity for medical and disability professionals to learn from one another and develop partnerships and plans that promote coordinated team care. Registration is $25, limited to 50 participants, and includes lunch, breaks and CMEs/CEUs. Contact Kelly Crosbie for more information.

Other News

Kudos! Gayle Hartness, RN, CCM, was named Case Manager of the Year for Gaston County. Gayle was nominated and received the most votes by her coworkers and others in the community. Congratulations to Gayle and Community Health Partners!