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NCMS Foundation PractEssentials will present a PQRS webinar on October 2nd at 12 noon. The webinar will explain how providers can use Covisint, which simplifies PQRS reporting and has helped eligible professionals in practices collect thousands in CMS incentive dollars. Now the stakes are even higher!  Click here to register.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse is offering two free, interactive, online CME activities about responsible opioid prescribing practices, and best practices for assessing, preventing, and addressing prescription opioid abuse. In these CMEs, NIDA encourages clinicians to use its NIDAMED resources which are specially designed for use in clinical practice to assess patients’ drug use and possible referral to drug treatment. Click here to learn more about the CMEs.

Community Care of North Carolina is holding Project Lazarus Training: A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain. The training sessions will help prescribers of pain medications to understand the multi-dimensional character of chronic pain as a distinct clinical entity; identify the role of opioids in the safe and effective management of chronic pain; use rational prescribing to provide adequate pain management while minimizing the risk of abuse of controlled medications and intervene effectively when misuse or abuse of medications occur. Training sessions will be held in Raleigh, NC on October 8th, and Boone, NC on October 30th. To register, click here.

The North Carolina Chapter Healthcare Financial Management Association will hold the North Carolina Health Insurance Institute October 9-11th, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel at Four Seasons in Greensboro. The Institute offers education for health care financial professionals. Registration materials will be made available here.

Northwest AHEC presents 2nd Annual Lenoir-Rhyne Symposium on the Future of Healthcare on October 9 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This conference is designed to address the issues that healthcare professionals will need to consider as they position themselves for the future. Sessions will address policy and practice issues as reform begins to take shape, policy analysts and healthcare specialists will provide information on how the changes will affect those practicing in North Carolina, discussions in healthcare ethics, narrative healthcare, electronic healthcare records, practice management in a changing medical world and mental health practice changes. For more information and to register, click here.

Palmetto GBA presents 2013 Part A & B Fall Tour Workshop Series: Passport to Excellence. The 2013 Part A/B Fall Tour Workshop will discuss Medicare coverage and billing updates, as well as clinical and documentation information affecting the Medicare provider community. Each workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Click here to register and for a list of the tour dates.

The Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) and the PACE Program at the University of California, San Diego are pleased to announce the addition of keynote speaker Nancy Dickey, MD, family practitioner and the first female president of the American Medical Association, to the upcoming Stepping Up to Leadership conference.

The Stepping Up to Leadership program trains medical staff leaders in issues of communication, problem-solving, and improving outcomes for patients and staff. For the first time, Stepping Up to Leadership is available as a national event, with events in San Antonio, Texas (November 7-9, 2013); San Diego, California (March 6-8, 2014); and Washington, DC (May 8-10, 2014).  A grant from the Physicians Foundation allows IMQ and PACE to offer Stepping Up to Leadership at prices as low as $595 for three days, making this an unbeatable opportunity. To register, click here.


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