The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host a webcast on 2015 Mid-Year QRURs Webcast, Thursday, May 19 from 1:30 to 3 pm. The webcast will give an overview of the 2015 Mid-Year Quality and Resource Use Reports (MYQRURs) and explain how to interpret and use the information. The 2015 MYQRURs were recently released to groups and solo practitioners nationwide and are for informational purposes only. They contain interim information on a subset of the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2017 Value Modifier (VM). Learn more on the 2015 QRUR and 2017 VM webpage. To register for the webcast visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early.

Third Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease 2016 Conference will be held May 19-22 in Raleigh at the McKimmon Conference Center on the North Carolina State University campus. The conference will examine how clinicians may use nutritional measure in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions in their patients. More information and registration.

The 129th Annual Scientific Session of The Old North State Medical Society “Integrative Medicine: The Future of Healthcare” will be held June 24th-25th, 2016 at The North Raleigh Hilton in Raleigh. The Session provides ONSMS members, physicians and medical professionals with up-to-date education and peer networking opportunities. Included are a Pre-Conference Training Session to qualify for prescribing Buprenorphine and a broad selection of presentations and breakout sessions, providing an opportunity for up to 22 CMEs for participation at the Conference. For more information, visit the ONSMS website.

The NCMS Foundation and Get Social Health Academy offer you these upcoming workshops to Improve Your Social Media Skills on Tuesday, June 7. The morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, Practice Managers & Social Media Leads will cover content creation, how to evaluate social sites and tools and tips. The evening session from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Physicians & Thought Leaders will focus on online reputation management, LinkedIn profiles and thought leadership. Learn more and sign up here.

NCTracks training on Friday, June 10 – 1 to 4 p.m. – ES User Role_Abbreviated MCR_Upload Documents (WebEx) will guide providers through the enhancements to the provider enrollment application processes. At the end of training, providers will be able to explain the Enrollment Specialist user role, identify the Abbreviated Manage Change Request (MCR) applications, and upload supporting documents. This course is taught via WebEx and can be attended remotely from any location with a telephone, computer and internet connection. The WebEx will be limited to 115 participants. Register for this course in SkillPort, the NCTracks Learning Management System.

Join the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) on June 22 at the Research Triangle Foundation for a forum on Quality Reporting. The topics include: Leveraging Transparent Reporting for Quality Improvement, Transitioning to Electronic Clinical Quality Measures, and a MACRA overview. The registration fee is $50 NCHICA members/$75 non-members/$25 students. Click here for further details.

MAHEC, working with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse and Project Lazarus: A Project of CCNC, is offering A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain, an online education course. The course is designed for all prescribing health care practitioners who are interested in an overview of the rational prescribing approaches for persons with chronic pain disorders. It will fulfill the North Carolina Medical Board’s requirement of at least one hour of continuing education designed specifically to address prescribing practices for chronic pain management. The course cost is $15 for the first 6 months. Offers 3 hours of AAFP, AMA/AAFP Equivalency, and CDE;

Watch seven new MLN Connects videos on the Medicare Quality Reporting Programs, focusing on the requirements you need to meet in 2016.  For those who participated in the webinars held in February, the information in these modules mirrors the information shared on those calls:
Introduction: Medicare Quality Reporting Programs: What Eligible Professionals Need to Know in 2016. Run time: 15 minutes.
Module 1: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Preview. Run time: 6 minutes.
Module 2: 2016 Incentive Payments and 2018 Payment Adjustments. Run time: 9 minutes.
Module 3: 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Updates. Run time: 20 minutes.
Module 4: 2018 Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) Policies. Run time: 17 minutes.
Module 5: Physician Compare Updates in 2016. Run time: 6 minutes.
Module 6: Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) in 2016. Run time: 16 minutes.