Current Bulletin

  • Study of Physical Activity Counseling – Opportunity to Participate

    Researchers from Appalachian State University are looking for physicians, physician assistants, psychiatrists, practice administrators and others on the health care team to participate in a brief survey about physical activity counseling practices. They are interested in all providers no matter your current practices. By taking eight to 10 minutes to complete the survey you will have a chance to win one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards. Learn more.

    Take the survey

    For additional information, please contact: Dr. Richard Christiana at christianarw@appstate.edu.

     
  • Carolina Complete Health Sponsors MedAssist and Vision Van Event This Friday

    Carolina Complete Health (CCH) is sponsoring a mobile free pharmacy event this Friday, June 29, in Lumberton through MedAssist, an organization dedicated to providing medicine to those who can’t afford it. A big turnout is expected as low-income children and adults in need of over-the-counter medicine receive free items like aspirin, children’s cough syrup, allergy medication and vitamins, among many other items.  CCH’s Vison Van, which offers no cost vision screenings and glasses for children and adults across the state through its vision partner, Envolve, Inc., will also be at the event. Be sure to let patients know about this event if your practice is in the area.

    NC MedAssist receives bi-weekly shipments of over-the-counter medicine provided through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The medication is sorted by volunteers and distributed to adults and families who may not otherwise be able to afford it. The medicine is free and no ID is required, although participants must be 18 years old or older in order to receive the medicine.

    This Friday volunteers from CCH and the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, 200 E 8th Street, Lumberton.

    CCH is the company formed through a joint venture agreement between Carolina Complete Health Network, which is a subsidiary of the NCMS in conjunction with the North Carolina Community Health Care Association (NCCHCA), and Centene Corporation. The purpose of this partnership is to collaborate on a patient-focused approach to Medicaid under the reform plan enacted in the State of North Carolina.

     
  • Remember Our Colleague, Joe Cupolo, With a Donation

    The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) auditorium was packed as coworkers, family and the many friends of Joseph Cupolo, III, came to celebrate and remember his life on Saturday, June 16. Joe served as the NCMS’ Director of Member Services for the eastern region of the state. He passed away on May 23 after a brief battle with amyloidosis. He was 59 years old.

    A GoFundMe page has been started to assist Joe’s family with medical bills and other expenses. If you would like to donate in Joe’s memory, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/joseph-cupolo-iii-memorial-fund.

    Joe started at the NCMS as Associate Director for Member Services in 2015, was respected for his friendly, low-key — yet persistent — approach to attracting new NCMS members, and was much admired for his eternally upbeat and positive attitude. He will be greatly missed by his NCMS family — both staff and the many physicians and physician assistants he came to know during his time here.

     
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  • Learning Opportunities

    The Triangle Medical Managers Association will host a special meeting July 16 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree with featured speaker, Patrick Conway, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North CarolinaLearn more.

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    MAHEC is offering two courses to help treat patients with opioid use disorders: “Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course,” and “Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT).” The next session will be held Sept. 28. Learn more and register.

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    Registration for Erlanger’s 11th Annual Trauma Symposium is open. The Symposium will be held Aug. 9-10, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Learn more and register.

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    NC Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (NCS-ACOFP) 2018 Annual CME Conference will be held Aug. 9 – 12 at the Pinehurst Resort. Earn up to 21 hours of CME credit.  Conference begins with a pre-conference Dermatology Workshop on Thursday.  Review the complete schedule and lecture topics here. Register by July 10th to be eligible for the Early Bird rates.  See the rates on the Registration form. Questions please contact Nancy Guy, NCS-ACOFP Director at 910-893-7960 or guy@campbell.edu.

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    ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), in partnership with Duke University World Food Policy Center, University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and MAHEC, will present Healthy Eating in Practice August 26-29, 2018, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. This is a hands-on conference for physicians and other health care professionals, focused on changing the culture of health care to better support healthy eating behaviors, particularly in children and families, and prevent chronic diet-related diseases. Register by June 30 for early-bird discounts. Special rates are available for RN, NP, PA, and dietitians/nutritionists.

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    Health:Further, an annual health festival held in Nashville, August 27-29, seeks to bring together a  community of doers and thinkers dedicated to building the future of health based on the ideals that health is a human right, and that health must be supported sustainably and affordably. This year, there will be a specific track for physicians interested in medical innovation and leveraging their clinical expertise in the innovation space with presentations from the American Medical Association, Society of Physicians Entrepreneurs, AngelMD, and several others. Learn more and register.

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    The NC Institute of Medicine’s Annual Meeting will focus on Team Based Care on Sept. 7, at the McKimmon Center, Raleigh. Learn more.

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    The 30th Annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference will be held Oct. 12-13 at the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, NCLearn more and register.

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    Registration is open for The Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Alabama will hold the Forging the Future of Palliative Care Summit 2018 on Nov. 1-2, in Birmingham, AL. Learn more and register.

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    NCTracks has Computer-Based Training (CBT) courses on a variety of topics available to providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Anyone who is a registered user with NCID access to the NCTracks secure Provider Portal can access and take a self-paced course. A list of courses available can be found here and under Quick Links on the NCTracks Provider Training page of the public Provider Portal.

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    MAHEC, working with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse and Project Lazarus: A Project of CCNC, is offering A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain, an online education course. The course is designed for all prescribing health care practitioners who are interested in an overview of the rational prescribing approaches for persons with chronic pain disorders. It will fulfill the North Carolina Medical Board’s requirement of at least one hour of continuing education designed specifically to address prescribing practices for chronic pain management. The course cost is $15 for the first 6 months. Offers 3 hours of AAFP, AMA/AAFP Equivalency, and CDE; www.mahec.net/opioid.