Learning Opportunities Center

athenahealth Dinner Seminar, will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill. The dinner seminar is free. Topics of discussion will include the effects of health care reform on financial health and what athenahealth is doing to ensure medical practices remain profitable. Attendees will learn about cloud-based practice management, Electronic Health Records (EHR) and patient communication services. athenahealth with also introduce their Federal Stimulus Bonus Payment Guarantee Program. Click here to register.

Care Share “Health IT” Webinar, will be offered on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 1:00-2:00 pm. The webinar will be presented by Steve Cline, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health Information Technology (HIT), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). The webinar will provide an overview of the HIT landscape in North Carolina. HIT components, federal HIT landscape and information regarding Electronic Health Records (EHR) will be discussed. Click here to register for the webinar. A confirmation e-mail will be sent after registration is completed. For more information, visit caresharehealth.org or call (919) 861-8353.

Electronic Discovery and Medical Practices “What You Need to Know” Webinar, offered by the NCMS Foundation and North Carolina Medical Group Managers (NCMGM), will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. The webinar will educate practice managers on common forms of Electronically Stored Information (ESI), likely situations in which discovery of ESI is necessary, proactive steps to minimize the risk and expense of e-discovery, and pitfalls of e-discovery in litigation. Webinar speakers include Marc Hewitt, Monica McCarroll and Brian Vick. The webinar is free for members and $50 for non-NCMGM members. Click here for more information and 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.

North Carolina Dermatology Association (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, which addresses planning and implementing improvement, will be offered by Charlotte AHEC on Tuesday, February 21, and Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (Workshop 1). This professional development program includes four on-site workshops in February and June which allows participants to build skills and knowledge in quality improvement. By attending, participating hospital teams, clinical practices, AHEC regional offices, and other healthcare organizations can accelerate the application of quality improvement methods. The textbook “The Improvement Guide” by Gerald J. Langley et al., (2009), and both breakfast and lunch for each workshop is included in the registration fee. For more information contact Mary Webster at 704-512-6545 or click here to register.


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