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The Case for Personalized Medicine, a panel discussion offered by Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, at The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park. Speakers include Duke Cancer Care Research Program Director Amy Abernethy, MD, GlaxoSmithKline Vice President (Diagnostics) Peter Collins, MD, and Laboratory Corporation of America CEO David King. Registration is free to PMC members and $25 for non-members. To register, visit http://conta.cc/q9JgUM

AMA Webinar, regarding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), will take place on Monday, November 21, 2011, 7:00 pm. The 60-minute webinar will be lead by AMA President-Elect Jeremy Lazarous, MD, and national expert Harold Miller who will outline significant improvements and opportunities for physicians in the final ACO rule. The webinar will also include discussion about the application process and a Q&A about ACOs and other payment innovations. The webinar is free to AMA members and nonmember physicians and their staff. Click here to register.

NC Safe Surgery Conference, sponsored by the NC Center for Hospital Quality and Safety, will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, Raleigh. The Conference will mark the official launch of a statewide initiative focused on the implementation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist or a modified version of it. Registration deadline is January 11, 2012. Click here to register. For more information, contact Dean Higgins, Project Manager, at [email protected] or 919-677-4212; or Laura Maynard, Director, Collaborative Learning at [email protected] or 919-677-4121.

Codequest Coding College 2012: Learn to Chart and Code Accurately and Effectively Transition to ICD-10, will be offered by the NC Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (NCSEPS) on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Grandover Resort, Greensboro. Topics of discussion include physician and technician documentation changes, practical applications and examples of ICD-10, exam scenarios, complex surgical cases, and learning how to solve coding quandaries. Attendees can earn six hours of CME, AAPC or JCAHPO credits. Contact NCSEPS at 919-833-3836 or click here to register.

Quality Improvement 101 – A Toolbox for Improvement Wave 10 (Workshop 1), a two-day workshop, which addresses planning and implementing improvement, will be offered by Charlotte AHEC on Tuesday, February 21, and Wednesday, February 22, 2012. This professional development program builds skills and knowledge among participating hospitals, clinical practices, AHEC regional offices, and their healthcare organizations to accelerate the application of quality improvement methods. The registration fee is $800 prior to Tuesday, February 7, 2012, and $900 after February 7, 2012. The textbook “The Improvement Guide” by Gerald J. Langley (2009), and both breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. For more information contact Mary Webster at 704-512-6545.


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