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The Flu and You campaign, co-sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur and the National Council on Aging (NCOA), was established to educate adults 65 years of age and older about the impact that the flu can have on them, the importance of getting an annual flu shot and how a higher dose flu vaccine may be a beneficial option for them. Educational materials, which include brochures, posters and factsheets, are available at http://www.ncoa.org/flu. To learn more about the campaign, contact NCOA at [email protected].

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.

NC/SC Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery 2012 Assembly, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (NC OHNS) and Wake Area Health Education Center (Wake AHEC), will be held Friday-Sunday, August, 3-5, 2012 at Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Asheville, NC. Participants can earn up to 9.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Early registration ends July 15. The assembly will focus on minimal access thyroid surgery, image modalities and management of more extensive thyroid cancer, Transoral robotic surgery (TORS), implantable auditory assistive devices, as well as practice management and meaningful use. Click here for more information and to register. Contact Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at 800-722-1350 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

North Carolina Spine Society (NCSS) Annual Meeting, which is jointly sponsored by the NCSS and Wake AHEC, will be held Friday-Saturday, August 17-18, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, NC. Participants can receive up to 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. The meeting is designed for orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine specialists and will address symptomatic cervical myelopathy, non-operative and surgical treatment of cervical myelopathy, outcome assessment within spine surgery practice, axial back pain treatment, instrumentation techniques that minimize iatrogenic injury and emerging techniques for lumbar stenosis. Jens R. Chapman, MD, Hansjorg Wyss Professor, also will speak at the meeting. Click here for more information and to register. Questions can be directed to Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at 800-722-1350 or [email protected].

Carolinas Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Meeting will be held Friday-Sunday, August 24-26, 2012 at the Marriott Resort and Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Carolinas Chapter/American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (CC AACE) and Wake AHEC. Attendees can obtain a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Register by August 1 to receive the early-bird rate. Topics of discussion include diagnosing and treating hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer and acromegaly management, screening and treating endocrine causes of hypertension, treatment of water metabolism disorders, diabetes self-management obstacles, technologies available for managing glycemia and ICD-10 changes. Click here to register. Questions can be directed to Nancy Lowe, NCMS Associate Director Specialty Society and Meeting Services, at 800-722-1350 or [email protected].

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) 23rd Annual Meeting and Symposium will be held at Turnberry Isle Hotel Miami, Aventura, Florida on Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, 2012. The meeting will provide the latest developments in treating mental health substance use disorders. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ will be awarded. For more information, click here or contact Miriam Giles AAAP Director of Professional Development, at 401-524-3076 or [email protected].

‘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 Tanya Roberts, MSW, ICPS, NC ABC Commission Contractor, at 252-665-3424 or [email protected] for these alcohol education resources. Physicians also can order free materials, such as exam room posters, fact sheets, literature for patients, and appointment reminder cards to promote alcohol abuse awareness at the above website.


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