Network Update 9: 2/10/2012

“Tell Me a Story” Winners to be Announced. The five lucky winners of CCNC’s anecdotes contest – who will each receive a $50 VISA gift card – will be announced next week. Lanier Cansler, CCNC’s distinguished volunteer judge for the contest, will name the winners at the CCNC Network Directors meeting in Raleigh on Wednesday, February 15.

Pregnancy Medical Home Receives March of Dimes Grant. Congrats to Kate Berrien and the Pregnancy Medical Home initiative on being awarded a 2012 community grant from the North Carolina chapter of the March of Dimes. Funds will support production of educational materials and outreach to provider offices and Labor and Delivery units to promote best practices. For more details, please see Kate.

New Clinical Director at NCCN. The Northwest Community Care Network has selected Dr. Jane Foy as NCCN’s new Clinical Director. Executive Director Jim Graham says the network has had a great working relationship with Dr. Foy over the years and is very pleased to have her join them in a leadership role.

Results from the Behavioral/PCP Co-location Initiative Released

  • The Co-location Initiative is a demonstration project undertaken by CCNC and the Office of Raleigh Health and Community that explored the value of integrating behavioral health services into primary care practices. The effort involved 53 practices and 5,419 total patients, including 1,659 Medicaid recipients. Behavioral health providers collected information on functional status, screening results, provider survey and lessons learned. Results appear promising, with improvement shown across payers (Medicaid, Medicare, BCBSNC and “other”). Providers reported satisfaction with the model, through their narratives suggest sustaining this team based model will require additional financial and policy commitments.
  • The Reverse Co-location Initiative explored the value of improving access to primary care services for patients served in seven specialty mental health settings. Results appear positive and include increased enrollment in a CCNC medical homes, improvement in rates of recommended medical screenings for patients on atypical anti-psychotics, and greater use of evidence-based care in co-occurring medical conditions. Mental health providers also reported satisfaction with the model.

More Medical Homes on the Way. CCNC is still hearing of additional practices that submitted applications for PCMH recognition under 2008 standards. The updated list on PCMH Central site includes entries from Northern Piedmont Community Care and Northwest Community Care. Congrats to CCNC networks for helping make this happen and good luck to all the practices involved! Let us know when practices have been recognized by NCQA, so CCNC can give them a shout-out.

NC Med Journal Article on Diabetes Care Touts Medical Homes, CCNC.  In case you missed it, there’s a great “invited commentary” piece by Dr. Gerri L. Mattson of DHHS in the latest issue of the NC Medical Journal

New faces at CCNC's Central Office.  Please welcome two new employees starting at Rexwoods this week:

  • Judy O’Neal, Director of Strategic Planning. Judy was previously Sr. VP for Public Affairs with Wake Medical Center.
  • Richard Paules, new CCNC Project Coordinator.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

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