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CMS National Provider Call regarding claims-based reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program, will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Speakers will provide an overview of claims-based reporting for both programs, followed by a question and answer session. This provider call is geared toward all Medicare Fee-for-Service providers, medical coders, physician office staff, provider billing staff, electronic health records staff and vendors. Click here to register. Registration ends on February 21, 2012, 12:00 pm.

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 (HER) 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.

North Carolina Society of Pathologists (NCSP) 2012 Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Rizzo Conference Center, Chapel Hill. The meeting is designed for pathologists, fellows and residents and will discuss modern techniques applied to mesothelioma diagnosis, current status of thymoma classification, current regulatory, legislative and advocacy issues pertaining to the practice of pathology and insurance payments and payor adherence to contract terms. Attendees can receive up to 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Register before April 1 to receive the early-bird discounted rates. Registration forms should be submitted to NCSP, PO Box 27167, Raleigh, NC 27611. Contact Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at (919) 833-3836 or [email protected] for more information.

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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