Learning Opportunities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 3 pm. The agenda includes discussion of the new provider ombudsman, introduction to CMS Data Submission System for the Quality Payment Program, low volume settlement opportunity announcement and an opportunity for questions and answers. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 31064714.

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The first North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Foundation Lunch and Learn Webinar of the year will be on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. The topic is “Choosing Wisely: When Less is More for Your Patients: Addressing the Overuse of Tests & Procedures,” and will feature Yates Lennon, MD, MMM, FACOG. Learn more and register.

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A panel discussion webinar on how organizations are using health navigators and community health workers to engage patients in Choosing Wisely, will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 4 p.m. To participate follow these numbers and links: Join WebEx meeting. Meeting number (access code): 649 318 565, Host key: 615127, Meeting password: ChoosingWisely. Join from a video system or application Dial 649318565@abim.webex.com. Join by phone1-240-454-0879 USA Toll.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will discuss the new Medicare Card Project during an Open Door Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. This call will educate State Medicaid Agencies, Medicaid providers, Managed Care Organizations, Medicaid partners, and other Medicaid stakeholders about the change from Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers to new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). A question and answer session follows the presentation. This is the same presentation given on  November 9.  Dial-In Number: 800-837-1935; conference ID #: 8259057.

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The CMS Innovation Center will hold a Q&A Open Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from noon – 1 pm for those who are interested in learning more about the new bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) and how to apply. Please register in advance here. [See article in this issue of the Bulletin for more information on this new payment model.]

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The Governor’s Institute and the NC Medical Board is offering “Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know” live training sessions across the state. These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing. A one hour online training is recommended before the live training. Register for 1-hour online training here. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.  Here are the upcoming sessions:

Jan. 18, 2018 – 6 p.m. Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Lumberton (2 hrs)

March 15, 2018 – Cape Fear Medical Center, Fayetteville (2 hrs)

April 3, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Carolinas Medical Center, Concord (2 hrs)

May 8, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. Carolinas Medical Center, Shelby (2 hrs)

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Learn How Physicians Get Elected to Public Office through the AMPAC Candidate Workshop held March 2-4 in Washington, D.C.Registration is now open. The deadline to register is Feb. 2. For more information visit AMPAC online. To apply, simply fill out the online registration form or email your questions to: politicaleducation@ama-assn.org. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Save the Date: The NC Population Health Collaborative’s first quarter meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm at a location yet to be determined in the Triangle area. Watch your email and the Bulletin for details on the location, agenda and registration instructions. A small fee will be charged for the event, which includes lunch. [See related article in this issue of the Bulletin for more information on the Collaborative.]

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The North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Studies will hold its 2018 Winter School, Feb. 18-21, at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro.  The gathering will address Substance Use Disorder, identify population specific interventions and examine techniques and concepts to use with those affected by substance use disorder. Learn more and register.

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Save the date for the next meeting of the NC Department of Health and Human Services Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee, Friday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (with 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. reserved for sign-in and networking). The location will be the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh

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The 9th Annual Addiction Medicine Conference will be held April 26-28, in Asheville. The conference will provide clinically practical and up-to-date substance use related training, applicable across general medical as well as addiction specialty practices. Learn more.
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The 2018 Spine Society of Australia 29th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held April 27-29 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia. 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.

 

 

 
 

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