NCTracks will offer a Provider Re-Credentialing/Re-Verification Refresher WebEx course on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This course serves as a refresher for the steps taken by the provider to complete the Re-Verification process through NCTracks. It 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. Providers can register for these courses in SkillPort, the NCTracks Learning Management System. Logon to the secure NCTracks Provider Portal and click Provider Training to access SkillPort.

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.

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;

NCTracks has Computer-Based Training (CBT) courses on a variety of topics available to providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Anyone who is a registered user with NCID access to the NCTracks secure Provider Portal can access and take a self-paced course. A list of courses available can be found here and under Quick Links on the NCTracks Provider Training page of the public Provider Portal.

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management is offering the 19th Annual Healthcare Leadership Conference on Friday, October 21st, 2016 at Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston.  Panels will focus on composition and development of our health care workforce.  The three sessions focus on: 1) Talent Management for Bench Strength Development; 2) Diversity and Inclusion and 3) Developing an Environment of Civility and Respect In Healthcare Organizations: Resources to Empower Healthcare Leaders to Identify, Intervene, and Prevent Workplace Bullying, Incivility and Disrespect. Learn more and register here.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a webinar on Oct. 26 from 2 to 3 p.m., on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) final rule with comment period. The webinar will provide an overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions under MACRA, collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. Register here.

CMS will also offer a Quality Payment Program Final Rule MLN Connects® Call on Nov. 15 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register at MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early. During this call, learn about the provisions in the recently released final rule; participants should review the rule prior to the call. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Tour the TED or “Telehealth Education Delivered” truck, which will be on display at The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Dr., Research Triangle Park, on Nov. 3 from 11 am – 3 pm. TED will showcase technologies that enable telehealth in many areas such as mental health, rural health, surgery, wound care, audiology, primary care, non-invasive cardio and dermatology, to name just a few. TED serves as both a facility from which mobile telehealth services can be delivered and/or received as well as a venue for providing education and training on an array of telehealth and patient care solutions. Admission is free. Learn more here.

FREE Buprenorphine Waiver Training in Hickory on Nov. 5 from 8am-5:30pm. Register here. Buprenorphine waiver training is for physicians interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorders. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, providers are required to take eight hours of training. This training, presented by Stephen Wyatt, DO, and James Finch, MD will meet this eight hour requirement. Following the training, physicians who have successfully completed the course, may apply to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to obtain the waiver. Learn more here.

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine will be hosting the Point-of-Care and Critical Care Ultrasound course, Nov. 12-13 at Wake Forest University. This event uses live models, simulations, and didactic lectures to provide a comprehensive and in-depth look at how and where medical ultrasound can effectively be used in point-of-care and critical care settings. The course is eligible for up to 15 CMEs. Learn more and register here.

NCHICA Cybersecurity Forum on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Research Triangle Foundation of NC, 12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park. Topics include: “Securing the Internet of Healthcare: Effective Strategies for Medical Device Security;” “Measuring Cybersecurity Readiness Using a Cybersecurity Maturity Model;” and “Cyber Threats and Trends 2016.” Registration fee is $65 NCHICA members/$90 non-members and includes lunch. Space is limited, so please register early! Register here.