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CMS National Provider Call: CMS will be hosting a provider call on Thursday, February 16, 2012, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, regarding Medicare HIPAA Version 5010 implementation and D.0 Transaction standards. The call will focus on outstanding fixes impacting the Part A and Part B Version 5010 Transition. Vendors and clearinghouses that are experiencing difficulties with Version 5010 should participate. Click here to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, February 16, 2012, 12:00 pm. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Partners in POLST: Honoring Patient Wishes across Care Settings, which is being held in conjunction with the CCCC Conference, will be on Thursday, February 16, 2012, 8:00 am – 5:15 pm at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, San Diego, CA. Join end-of-life and palliative care leaders from across the country who are advancing the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm to translate patient wishes into medical orders that are honored in care settings. Attendees will have the chance to learn innovative strategies for implementing POLST. Click here for more information and to register. Participation by an endorsed POLST state in the Networking Session from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm is also being requested. Click here for more information.

NC Neurological Society Annual Meeting, will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012 – Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center, Greensboro. The meeting is designed for practicing neurologists and physician extenders in neurology practices. Attendees will be able to increase their knowledge and improve their diagnosis and treatment skills for illnesses such as headaches, movement disorders, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and mitochondrial disorders. Medicare regulations that pertain to the practice of neurology will also be discussed. A maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be earned. Click here for more information and to register. Questions can be directed to Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at (919) 833-3836 or [email protected].

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.

Meaningful Use Webinar for Specialists, which is being sponsored by the NCMS Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The webinar will provide an overview of the Meaningful Use Requirements for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive payments pertaining to specialists. The deadline to register is Monday, February 20, 2012. Click here to register. Contact Terri Gonzalez, NCMSF Practice Technical Assistance Coordinator, at (919) 833-3836 or [email protected] for more information.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) North Carolina Chapter 2012 Scientific Session will be held Friday, February 24 – Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center, Greensboro. The meeting will discuss updates in Infectious Diseases and Stroke Management, North Carolina Legislature, Advanced Directives, Management of Hepatitis C, Osteoporosis, and Patient-Centered Medical Home. Clinical skills sessions and special interest group lunch roundtables will also be available. Attendees can earn up to 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Click here to register. Click here for more information or contact Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at (919) 833-3836 or [email protected].

2012 NC OB/GYN Society Annual Meeting, which is sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, will be held Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort and Spa. The common conditions and concerns related to women’s health care will be addressed. Attendees can receive a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The registration deadline is Monday, March 19, 2012. For more information about the meeting, contact Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at (919) 833-3836 or [email protected]. Click here to register.

Cracking the Codes: Coding and Billing for Influenza Virus Vaccines Across Multiple Sites, a webinar from October 2011 offered by Sanofi Pasteur, is now available for viewing at all times. The webinar features an expert-led review of coding and billing for influenza vaccination in various health care settings. Click here to view the webinar.


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