Learning Opportunities

Multi-Payer Provider Expo.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Humana, MedCost, and United Healthcare will host a Multi-Payer Provider Expo on Thurs., April 10 from 8-4 p.m.  The event will provide opportunity to speak one-on-one with expert representatives from each payer, along with other guest exhibitors.  For more information about the event, click here.

Cone Health Patient Education Summit. On Friday, April 11 Moses Cone Hospital will host an interdisciplinary conference to identify strategies for overcoming barriers and challenges in patient education and healthcare literacy. For details, go to the AHEC site.

The North Carolina Hospital Association and the Center for Affordable Healthcare. On Friday, April 11, Campbell University in Buies Creek, will host “Journey to Affordability: Multiple Pathways, Same Destination.” Speakers include Jonathan Oberlander, Ph.D., professor of social medicine and health policy and managment at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and NCHA health system leaders. For more information and to register, click here.

AHEC CE Workshop. The Charlotte AHEC Center for Learning @ Development will host “Leadership Strategies for Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions” on Wed., April 22 from 9-4 p.m. The event will provide hospital leadership and clinicians both technical and behavioral strategies to reduce avoidable readmissions that impact both the quality of care and reduce the financial impact of hospital readmissions. For more information about the event, click here. CE credits are available.

The North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will hold its 2014 Physician Practice Summit on April 24-25 at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro. For more information and to register, visit the HFMA website.

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.

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.

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:

  • Area L AHEC (Rocky Mount) – May 9
  • Charlotte AHEC – May 13, 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

Mountain AHEC is offering ICD-10 training in March and April 2014.

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.


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