NC Medical Group Management Association and the North Carolina Medical Society are hosting Advocacy Day and White Coat Wednesday at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine, 222 N. Person St., Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-8. This is the 8th Annual NC MGMA Advocacy Day event, which this year includes sessions with the NC Insurance Commissioner and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s CEO Brad Wilson. Free for NCMGMA members; $50 for non-members. Learn more and register here.

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.

The last Regional NCTracks Seminar will be held on June 9, at the NC Cooperative Extension office in Dallas, NC. The purpose of the Regional NCTracks Seminars is to help educate new providers, educate new billing staff of existing providers, and serve as a refresher for current and experienced provider staff. Each of the seminars runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they are being offered on different dates and locations across the state. There will also be a Provider Help Center at each location. For more information, including how to register, see the March 23, 2016, announcement.

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.

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Foundation and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association, is offering a webinar on Wednesday, June 15, from noon to 1 p.m. to demonstrate how the Practice Transformation Network (PTN) program helps providers transition from fee-for-service payment models to advanced payment models and succeed.  Learn more and register here. This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early!

The North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative Conference will focus on Prevention Strategies for Stemming the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic on Thursday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Get more information on the nationally known speakers and register here.

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.

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.

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.