Learning Opportunities Center

Please note: The NC IACT Program Presentation with Richard Boothman, JD, listed in last week’s Learning Opportunities Center has been cancelled. The presentation was set to take place tomorrow, April 14, 2012. Check upcoming Learning Opportunities Center for updates.

Upcoming ICD-10 Training Sessions for Practice Administrators: Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) across the state will be holding ICD-10 training and implementation sessions for medical practices. The sessions will assist practice administrators, managers, coders, billers and clinical staff understand ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and identify documentation and implementation issues that may impact a practice. The program costs $135 for early registration and $150 up to ten days before the event. Click here for training session schedules, session agendas and to learn more about awarded continuing education credits.

Fourth Annual Sara Schuh Child Abuse Conference, which is being hosted by The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, along with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center and South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, will be on Thursday-Friday, April 19-20, 2012 at Seacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant. The conference is designed to facilitate new understanding and to upgrade professional practices in the prevention, recognition/diagnosis, management and legal handling of child abuse cases. Registration for both days is $35 and includes lunch on Friday. Attendees can receive a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. There is an additional fee of $25 for CMEs. Click here for more information and to register. Questions can be directed to Anna Shaw, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center Education & Program Manager, at [email protected] or 843-723-3600.

2012 NC OB/GYN Society Annual Meeting, 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. 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™. 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.

Managing the Special Needs Patient, held by Cabarrus Health Alliance, Community Care of Southern Piedmont Medical Home Committee and Carolina Medical Center-NorthEast, will be on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the CMC-NorthEast Roper Commons. The event will provide primary care physicians with the knowledge and understanding needed to manage the care of special needs patients. Participants can receive up to 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Click here to register. Questions can be directed to Marcia Miller, CMC-NorthEast Program Coordinator, Physician Education, at [email protected] or 704-403-1466.

athenahealth Stage 2 Meaningful Use Webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2012, 3:15pm and will provide insights and expertise on Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Topics include details of Stage 2 measures and how to meet them, guidance on sending feedback to CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, details on the EHR certification criteria and athenahealth’s viewpoints on the Stage 2 delay and other policy implications. Click here to register.

PAI Medical Audit Webinar, which is based on the white paper recently released by Physician Advocacy Institute, Inc., (PAI), explaining the various types of audits and how to appeal adverse audit findings, will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10:00 am and Thursday, April 26, 2012, 2:00 pm. Principal author of the white paper and webinar presenter Frank Cohen, MPA, MBB, will provide information and tools about how to respond to record requests for medical audits and how to discuss a survey recently conducted regarding the experiences of physician practices that have received and responded to overpayment recovery requests. Click here to register for the April 24 webinar and click here to register for the April 26 webinar. Questions can be directed to Mary Jo Malone, PAI EVP/CEO at [email protected].

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)™. 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.

Clearing the Way for Better Patient Outcomes: Take a Deep Breath,” a forum offered by EXCEL Continuing Education, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Dr., Raleigh. The forum is designed for health care professionals who are interested in learning more about managing and treating respiratory diseases. This event is free and attendees can receive up to a maximum of four AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Click here to register for the event. Questions can be directed to Grace Rebull, EXCEL Continuing Education, at 305-630-9414 or [email protected].

First Spine Care Conference, offered by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Multidisciplinary Spine Center, will be held from Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, 2012 at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The conference will focus on diagnostic and therapeutic strategies, both operative and non-operative, for patients suffering from spinal disorders. Click here to register. Questions can be directed to Pamela Benjamin, MUSC CME Program Coordinator, at 843-876-1925 or [email protected].

NCDA 2012 Summer Meeting, which is also sponsored by the Wake Area Health Education Center (Wake AHEC), will be held Friday-Sunday, July 13-14, 2012 at the Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia. Attendees can receive up to 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Click here for discussion topics; meeting schedule and fees; accommodations information and to register. Contact Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at 800-722-1350 or [email protected] for more information.

‘Alcohol Misuse and Abuse Affects Us All’ Patient Resources: ACTnowNC has launched an initiative to build awareness and communication about alcohol issues. Visit http://www.actnownc.org/ or contact Tayna Roberts, MSW, ICPS, NC ABC Commission Contractor, at 252-665-3424 or [email protected] for these alcohol education resources.


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