Open Payments – Special Open Door Forum. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input from Open Payments stakeholders to inform future rulemaking and other enhancements to the program by hosting a Special Open Door Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information on the Special ODF and to view slides, please visit the Open Payments events page. Feedback and questions about the solicitation in the proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule (page 81 FR 46395) or this Special ODF can be sent to: [email protected]. Special Open Door Participation Instructions: Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID #: 44678813

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is presenting an Opioid Summit in Wilmington, this Friday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilmington City Hall –Council Chambers, 102 N. 3rd St., Wilmington. To register call 910-341-4608 or email name & agency to [email protected]. Lunch is provided if you sign up. For more information contact Linda Rawley, [email protected]

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition along with the NC Urban Survivors Union are hosting a conference on Integrating Harm Reduction into Existing Service Provisions on Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an evening social event from 6:30-11 p.m. at Castle McCulloch, 3925 Kivett Dr, Jamestown, NC. Sign up here.  For more information contact Louise Vincent, [email protected].

Thursday, Aug. 4 Williams Mullen law firm will offer a free seminar/webinar on “HIPAA Compliance: The Current Audit and Enforcement Environment” featuring Iliana L. Peters, J.D., LL.M., Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement at the HHS Office for Civil Rights along with members of Williams Mullen’s Health Care Practice. You can participate in two ways, by attending the seminar in person at the Williams Mullen’s Richmond Office, 200 South 10th Street, 16th Floor, Richmond, VA, or by webinar. For more information and to register, please click HERE.

The North Carolina Department of Justice is bringing together law enforcement, public health, medical, legal and public policy professionals to discuss how to curb prescription drug and opioid abuse in North Carolina at a conference to be held on August 11 at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University Campus in Raleigh. Register here. For more information contact Natalie Wood, [email protected] or 919-716-6073.

Take a deep dive into value-based health care at the second annual Move-to-Value Summit in Winston-Salem on Aug. 21-23. Learn more and register here.

The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) 22nd Annual Conference & Exhibition, “The New Healthcare Ecosystem,” is scheduled for Aug. 29-31 at the Omni Grove Park Resort in Asheville. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments and best practices in healthcare IT, and network with your peers.

28th Annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference, “Update on Melanoma and Gastrointestinal Cancers,” will be held Oct. 21-22 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. More information and registration available here.

The North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will hold its 2016 Health Insurance Institute on Sept. 22-23, at the Sheraton Hotel, Four Seasons in Greensboro. Learn more and register here.

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;