To help those in smaller and rural offices plan and prepare for ICD-10 implementation in 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be sponsoring free, in-person training. Coders, billers, office managers, or practice managers, please register for a “Billing Office” class. If you are a physician, NP, PA, CSW, RD, or other clinical professional, please sign up for a “Clinicians” class. In many cities, the classes are combined and the audience is shown as “Everyone.”

Here are the classes being held in North Carolina:

  • Boone Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m., Everyone, Register
  • Charlotte Sept. 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Billing Office, Register
  • Charlotte, Sept. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Clinicians, Register


Become a trainer with the Safe Injection Connection through the North Carolina Division of Public Health on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the NC Division of Public Health Office, 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.Get the details.

The Update in Joint Reconstruction Surgery Symposium will take place October 3 – 5, 2014 at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Program Directors Dr. Wael Barsoum and Dr. Juan C. Suarez would like to encourage NCMS members to attend to hear some of the best orthopedic physicians from Cleveland Clinic and the CORE Institute as well as other invited faculty. This symposium offers attendees the opportunity to bring cases with them to ask faculty about similar experiences and recommendations. Please go to the Cleveland Clinic Florida’s  website for more details.

There are just two weeks left to register at the early rates for NCHICA’s 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for October 5-8, 2014 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC.  The theme of this year’s conference is 20 Years of Health Information Sharing: Realizing the Art of the Possible, and the agenda is packed with over 50 speakers, 3 plenary sessions and 27 breakout sessions on policy, clinical and technology topics. On the final day, October 8, four half-day workshops that may be of interest to NCMS members:

The registration fee is $99 for NCHICA members, which they are extending to NCMS members. To get this special rate, please register at this URL: For further details, click here.

The 19th Annual NC Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference will be held Oct. 8-10 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The North Carolina Medical Society assisted with the conference program, which is designed to educate anyone who participates in the North Carolina workers’ compensation system and will examine the current rules, procedures, policies and forms. 

For those in the western part of the state the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) offers the following continuing education opportunities this fall:

Biennial Cardiovascular Symposium – 2014
Friday, October 3
Double Tree Hotel – Biltmore (Asheville)
Information and registration

Tai Chi for Arthritis: Implications for Pain Management and Falls Prevention
Friday evening, October 3
Asheville Event Centre
Information and registration

Everything Has Changed! – New Prevention & Management Recommendations in Primary Care
Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8
MAHEC Education Building (Asheville)
Information and registration

The Spectrum of Stroke Care- A Team-based Approach
Friday, November 21
MAHEC Education Building (Asheville)
(Save the date!)


The North Carolina chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association will hold their annual Health Insurance Institute on October 23-24 at the Sheraton Hotel at Four Seasons Greensboro. Meeting agenda and registration information.



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