Learning Opportunities

Movement Disorder Course

On behalf of the faculty of the Movement Disorder Review Course, Dr. Cynthia Comella, Professor of Neurology at Rush University, Dr. Rajesh Pahwa, Professor of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Dr. Jerrold Vitek, Professor and Chairman of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, you are invited to attend a movement disorder review course on February 1st in Raleigh. View the agenda/registration information here.  The course provides 6.5 hours of category I CME.  All healthcare professionals interested in movement disorders are invited to attend including physicians of all disciplines, physicians in training, fellows, RNs, NPs, PAs, therapists, etc.

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 session will be held in Concord on January 30th. To register, click here.

Quality Measures in Health Care: What is Working and What to Expect

Quality Measurement and Performance Improvement have emerged as key underpinnings of healthcare reform. While both consumers and payers want value for their healthcare dollars, widespread use of quality measurement in consumer buying decisions has been largely missing. Payers in both the public and private sectors have recently introduced many programs to reward the quality, not the quantity, of healthcare services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made quality a central theme of both the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Meaningful Use Incentive Programs. This Thought Leader Forum will feature a panel of experts to discuss quality measurement programs and initiatives currently in place, and what we can expect in the future. The cost is $25 NCHICA members/$35 non-members/$10 students. To register, click here.  The deadline to register is February 3, 2014. (Note: to verify if your organization is a member here.  Location: The Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1020. Click here for directions. 

NCMS Webinar on Patient Centered Medical Home, hosted by the NCMS Foundation’s Director of Practice Improvement Terri Gonzalez, on February 19. Watch for specifics in the upcoming Bulletin and your email box.

The American College of Surgeons will hold a forum on Surgical Health Care Quality on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 7:30am until 10:00am. The forum will discuss the importance of quality in public health; political realities of improving health care in the US; hospital perspectives on quality improvement; the role of payers in improving surgical quality; regional perceptive on quality collaboration; and training future surgeons in surgical quality. For more information about this event, please contact [email protected].


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