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Please note: The Physician Practice Survival Conference previously publicized in the Bulletin is rescheduled for Friday, December 7 – Saturday, December 8, 2012.

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.

‘Cracking the Codes: Getting it Right—Immunization Coding and Payment webinar, offered by Sanofi Pasteur, is now available online. This complimentary webinar provides a review of correct coding for vaccination billing to ensure entitled payment. The webinar covers reporting and documentation requirements for decreased financial liability and tips for a successful vaccine business model.

East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine is offering three new CME courses in October and November. The first, “Recent Developments in Internal Medicine,” will be held October 18-20, 2012 at the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach. On October 26, 2012, ECU will hold a Geriatrics conference at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville. Also at the Heart Institute, there will be a Lung Cancer Conference on November 9, 2012. Brochures and registration materials are available online along with a list of future CME conferences.

University of Kansas Medical Center Movement Disorder Review Course will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Charlotte Marriott City Center, Charlotte, NC. The program will review diagnosis of Parkinsonism, restless leg syndrome, tremor disorders, movement disorders in psychiatry, hyperkinetic disorders, neurotoxin therapy, and deep brain stimulation. Attendees can receive up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The program brochure provides additional information. Note: the correct contact for the hotel is 704-333-9000.

North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine Annual Meeting will be held Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18, 2012 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The objective of the meeting is to discuss current trends affecting the practice of sleep medicine, identify emerging practice trends of sleep medicine, and describing specialty therapies such as behavioral sleep medicine. Attendees can receive up to 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. More information regarding the meeting is available online.

‘Alcohol Misuse and Abuse Affects Us All’ Patient Resources: ACTnowNC has launched an initiative to build awareness and communication about alcohol issues. 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 at the above website, which include exam room posters, fact sheets, literature for patients, and appointment reminder cards to promote alcohol abuse awareness.

Addressing Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) is a free educational resource that assists health care professionals in their efforts to recognize and address substance abuse. The modules focus on prevention and recognition of abuse of medications and other substances in the clinical setting. Registration is required to view the resources.

Patient Resource Regarding Bipolar Disorder: Healthline provides a comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder that may be a useful resource for physicians and their patients during the first stages of diagnosis. Healthline’s website offers user-friendly, basic information about bipolar disorder, how to find treatment, continue a daily routine, and build relationships after diagnosis. The website also provides tips for caregivers.


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