Learning Opportunities

Join CMS on May 29 — tomorrow — from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET for a National Provider Call to learn more about Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, reporting options, and data submission processes for eligible professionals in 2014. CMS experts will answer questions submitted prior to the call as well as respond to participant questions during a live Q&A session.  Please email your questions no later than May 21 to be considered. A link to the slide presentation will be posted to prior to the call. To register for this MLN Connects National Provider Call, please visit the CMS MLN Connects Upcoming Calls registration website. Registration will close at 12:00 p.m. ET on the day of the call or when available space has been filled; no exceptions will be made, so please register early.

Early Registration Rates End June 2 for AMC Security & Privacy Conference
There is less than one week left to register at the early rate of $499 for the 10th AMC Conference on Managing the Integrated Information Environment. After June 2, the registration rate increases to $699. The conference, scheduled for June 23-25 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill, features tracks on Compliance & Governance, Research & Education and Security & Privacy. Click here to view the agenda and click here to register.

Register for Business Associates Workshops in Charlotte and Chapel Hill. Register for the June 5 workshop on Understanding HIPAA Omnibus Obligations for Business Associates in Charlotte. In addition, the early rate of $199 for the June 25-26 workshop in Chapel Hill expires on June 2. The agenda features plenary sessions as well as policy and technical tracks. To register, click here. Attendees can earn CEU and CLE credits.

Thought Leader Forum on Clinical Episodes
NCHICA’s next Thought Leader Forum on Clinical Episodes: Definition, Analytical Usage & Future Implications is scheduled for June 11, 2014, 9:30-11:30 am at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The forum is sponsored by the Duke Master of Management in Clinical Informatics program. The panelists will be Francois de Brantes (HCI3), Sam Cykert, MD (UNC School of Medicine) and a representative from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, with Eric Brinsfield (SAS) serving as the moderator. For further details, click here. The registration fee is $25 NCHICA members /$35 non-members /$10 students. To register, click here.

Fifth National Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Summit, June 18-20 Live via Webcast
The Summit will feature national leaders in the ACO movement who will identify actionable next steps in supporting the growth and sustainability of ACOs across the country.

The Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Wake Forest School of Medicine would like to extend a special invitation to you to participate in a live webcast of the National Accountable Care Organization Summit (being held in Washington, DC). Through special grant funding, we will provide a local webcast of the entire 3-day summit (plenary and breakout sessions) at the Wake Forest University BB&T Football Field Deacon Tower.

Even though this is a group webcast, we are required to provide a discounted registration fee for each participant. The grant funding will pay for your registration and meals while you are here.  We encourage you to commit for the entire summit as we only have funding for 80 participants. Continuing education credits (15.5 AMA PRA Category 1) for physicians and (16.0 NASBA CPE) for accounting professionals are available via the organizing group in Washington, DC. To register for the event: http://nwahec.org/acosummit  For more information about the ACO Summit:

Are you inside or outside the Medical Neighborhood? Don’t get caught outside the paradigm shift of medical transformation!  June 21-22 at the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, come hear what national experts at NCQA, Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina, The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and other practitioners are doing to put patients first and how NCQA’s 2014 Standards will affect members in the Neighborhood. Hear from policy makers, clinical integration experts, behavioral health, pharmacy, social services and faith-based organizations.

The Carolinas Medical Neighborhood Forum is the first event in a series to bring together leading authorities and practitioners in the field of healthcare transformation. The first day of the two-day event will consist of experts in the area of Patient-Centered Care and the Medical Neighborhood from organizations like the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina and the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). Learn More.

A listing of some ICD-10 training and preparation courses offered on-line and statewide:

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s (BCBSNC) Strategic Provider Relationships Team to offer and promote informational forums about the coming transition to ICD-10. So far, regional events in Charlotte, Chapel Hill and Greenville have been well attended and more sessions have been added. Lee Ford, an ICD-10 coding expert, will be the featured speaker. Franklin Walker, Director of Programs & Practice Management for the NCMS Foundation, also will discuss practice and trading partner readiness with attendees.

Additional information including the schedule of events and the registration form are available on BCBSNC’s News and Information website.

The North Carolina component of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers specialty specific ICD-10 training. Learn what e-learning options are available at their website.

CMS has released a new MLN Connects™ video on ICD-10 Coding Basics. Sue Bowman from AHIMA provides a basic introduction to ICD-10 coding. CMS also offers a CMS ICD-10 website with the latest news and resources to help prepare for the deadline. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates.

ICD-10 Coding Basics Medicare Fee-for-Service National Provider Call On Wednesday, June 4, at 1:30-3pm ET, the Medicare Learning Network will be hosting an ICD-10 Coding Basics National Provider Call.

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early. Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Information web page to learn more.

Local offerings in North Carolina include:

The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) throughout the state in conjunction with NCHIMA also will be offering classes leading up to the implementation of ICD-10. The ICD-10-CM training sessions will have a small part on the foundation for understanding the structure of an ICD-10-CM. The rest of the course will focus on how to code using ICD-10-CM, covering the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Emphasis will also be directed to codes that require expanded clinical documentation to code to the highest level of specificity.

Dates for 2014 training are:

  • Charlotte AHEC —  June 19 and August 26
  • Eastern AHEC (Greenville) – June 6
  • SEAHEC (Wilmington) – June 24
  • Wake AHEC (Raleigh) – August 12
  • Greensboro & Northwest AHEC (Moses Cone) – August 22

Access free educational resources from the AMA for practical insight into the preparation process, or visit the AMA Store for additional training opportunities and products.

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.


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