Learning Opportunities

The North Carolina Injury & Violence Prevention Branch presents “Tracking and Measuring the Opioid Epidemic as a Prevention Tool: Using Medical Examiner Data,” on Thursday, Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. Ruth E. Winecker, Ph.D., the Chief Toxicologist for the State of North Carolina’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (NC-OCME) will present. Learn more and register.

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Eastern AHEC will hold a Rural Health Symposium on Nov. 16-17 at The Education Center at Eastern AHEC, 2600, W. Arlington Blvd., Greenville, NC. This multidisciplinary conference focuses on innovative and collaborative efforts to provide better care to areas with limited resources, exploring community models and new business models. Learn more. Register here.

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Solo practitioners and groups can choose to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a virtual group for the 2018 performance period. Learn more about what this means through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) webinar Overview of Virtual Groups on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more and register. [Read more about virtual groups in this issue of your NCMS Bulletin.]

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The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the NC Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) November Lunch and Learn Webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. will feature Clark Gaither, MD, FAAFP, aka Dr. Burnout speaking about ‘Happiness, Work-Life Balance and the Everyday Practice of Medicine.Register here.

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Gain a better understanding of what constitutes meaningful measurement in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) webinar on QPP Meaningful Measurement Webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more and register.

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AMA Quality Improvement Webinar – Root-cause Analysis: Digging Deep to Improve on Nov. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. Without an understanding of what is driving poor quality or performance, it is difficult to improve. Root-cause analysis is a critical tool in the quality improvement tool box that allows professionals to understand what’s at the heart of the problem, and then develop improvement ideas that can make a difference. In this 1-hour webinar, PCPI Director of Quality Improvement Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, will cover three common forms of root-cause analysis, discuss the advantages of applying these methods to different circumstances and environments, and how root-cause analysis is used as the basis for creating and implementing ideas that lead to robust improvement. Click here to register.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a National Provider Call in the Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn more and register.

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The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is offering Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSOSM) trainings on Nov. 30 and Dec. 11 at its Biltmore campus to help healthcare providers, first responders and emergency personnel effectively manage normal deliveries and obstetrical emergencies. Learn more and register.

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CAPG, an association representing physician groups, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is offering a new complimentary webinar series for physicians and physician groups participating in the Quality Payment Program, part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The sessions combine CMS expertise on the regulation content with clinicians offering how they are responding on the ground to the changes. On Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the topic will be “How to Control Costs for the MIPS Resource Use Component.” Register now.

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Caravan Health will present its second annual Accountable Care Symposium on Dec. 6-7 in Phoenix, AZ at the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. The symposium is a learning and networking event for current and future participants in Advanced Payment Models. Registration for the symposium opens Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  For more information, please visit www.caravanhealth.com/symposium.

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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.

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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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CMS is offering a new Accredited Online Course – the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Merit-based Incentive Payment System Advanced Payment Models. This self-paced overview course is now available through the MLN Learning Management System. Learners Participants will receive information on: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Alternative Payment Models (APM); how to recognize who is a participant in a MIPS APM; benefits of the special APM scoring standard for MIPS APM participants and criteria for reporting on performance. First time participants will need to register for the MLN Learning Management System. Once registered, you will be able to access additional courses without having to register.  For information on how to login or find training, please visit our MLN Learning Management System FAQ sheet. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Please click here for accreditation statements

 

 

 
 

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