Learning Opportunities Center

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.

CMS Symposium-“Empowering Minorities-Promoting Better Health, Better Care, Lower Cost for Medicare Beneficiaries in their Communities,’” will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, through Friday, December 16, 2011, from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Marriott World Center, Orlando, FL. Topics of discussion include empowering minorities, fraud training, Medicare Learning Network, Affordable Care Act, PCIP/CO-OP, Affordable Insurance Exchange, and Medicare 101 Basic Training. Eligible attendees will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participating in the scheduled fraud training. Early registration is recommended. Attendees can only register for two tracks. Click here to register and to learn more about the event.

NCDA Annual Meeting, will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012, through Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, Durham. Topics of discussion include FDA sunscreen guidelines, an update on Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma, hormonal therapy for acne, Lichen Planus, melanoma management, coastal and marine dermatology, meaningful use of EHR technology and AAD updates. Those who attend can receive 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ or AAD recognized CME credit(s). To register, contact NCDA at (919) 833-3836 to request a brochure; or download the brochure here, or register online.

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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