Learning Opportunities

TOMORROW! Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tim Gronniger, Caravan Health’s senior vice president of strategy and development, will explain why No Clinicians are Exempt from MACRA. He will offer insights on how to prepare for the rule’s possible implementation. The 2018 proposed MACRA rule, if finalized, may reduce physicians’ reporting burdens, but don’t be fooled – no one is truly exempt from MACRA’s strong incentives to coordinate care – or from the wage freezes that will reduce clinician’s purchasing power by 18 percent by 2026. Register via the WebEx Line Here

The 2017 Lifestyle Medicine Symposium, sponsored by MAHEC, Mission Heart and Asheville Cardiology Associates will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Asheville. A vast majority of chronic disease, directly related to poor lifestyle choices, is reversible and preventable through the proper choices in nutrition, exercise and stress management. The growing field of Lifestyle Medicine, an essential foundation for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic medical conditions, makes available the necessary evidence-based solutions for providers to counsel patients and improve patient outcomes. Learn more and register.

The Governor’s Institute, in collaboration with various partners, will hold a training event, “Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know,” in Durham on Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 8:3 p.m. Learn more and register.

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the NC Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) are offering a Lunch and Learn webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 17, noon to 1 p.m. Hear a legislative update from North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel Chip Baggett, JD. Register now.

AMA Webinar: Thriving Under MIPS – Where to start? Breaking down the complexity of MIPS on Oct. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. With many feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), physicians struggle to answer one key question – Where do I start? To help assuage this issue, the AMA has released a new customizable resource – the MIPS Action Plan – that breaks down the complexity of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of QPP into specific actionable steps. In this 1-hour webinar, attendees will learn how to use this tool to create and/or validate their strategies for MIPS implementation in 2017. Chris Botts, AMA Care Delivery and Payment Manager will be the presenter. Click here to register.

On Oct. 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will hold a webcast to provide an overview of the Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) and how to interpret and use the information. The reports have been available since Sept. 18, 2017. You can access your report at How to Obtain a QRUR and see how your practice performed in 2016 on the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2018 Value-based Payment Modifier. You can also see how this modifier will be applied to payments.  Learn more on the 2016 QRUR and 2018 Value Modifier webpage. The webinar will be more meaningful if you have your report in front of you to follow along. Register now.

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.

The Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (www.mahec.net) Family Practice Residency program is hosting the Southeastern Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), “The Art of Healing ACEs”  on Oct. 19-21 in AshevilleLearn more and register.

Save the Date for the 29th Annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference focusing on Updates on Breast and Prostate Cancers, at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, Oct. 20-21, 2017Learn more.

The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse will hold an educational event on Oct. 25 in Rocky Mount in Nash County. Presenter James Finch, MD, will provide relevant information on prescribing opioids safely with a focus on strategies for reducing adverse outcomes resulting from inappropriate prescribing, misuse and abuse of opioids.  CME will be offered at this free event. Learn more here.

The Governor’s Institute will hold a training session: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Guidance for Healthcare Providers” in Henderson on Oct. 26 from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more and register. 

The Healthcare Financial Management Association will hold its 2017 Health Insurance Institute on Oct. 26-27 in Greensboro. This is an opportunity to hear the latest on claims processing developments, current issues and problems affecting plan benefits and health insurance claims from payers such as NC Medicaid/NC Tracks, Cigna, United Healthcare, BCBS, Palmetto GBA and MedCost. Learn more and register.

Spaces are still available for the 2017 AMPAC Campaign School that will be taking place Oct. 27-29 at the AMA Office in Washington, DC. The school is targeted to AMA members, their spouses, residents, medical students and medical society staff who want to become more involved in the campaign process. For more information or to apply visit: www.ampaconline.org/apply or contact us at: politicaleducation@ama-assn.org

Registration is open for the 2017 High Country Care Transitions Summit on Friday, Nov. 3 in Wilkesboro, NC. To learn more and register, click here or visit website www.highcountryaging.org.

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.

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.

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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