The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will host a roundtable webinar discussion on opportunities to foster innovation in electronic data exchange for eMeasurement and quality improvement on Thursday, on May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. National thought leaders will share insights about innovative approaches. The public is invited to participate. Please register here to participate. After you register, you will receive a dial-in number and webinar link. Please check your spam filter if you do not receive an email confirmation

Complimentary Educational Series 2017: Quality Payment Program Webinars with CMS

  • How to Select Measures and Maximize Quality Performance in MIPS, Friday, May 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Register here. CMS’s Dr. David Nilasena will review MACRA’s requirement for quality reporting, reporting mechanisms, and scoring methodology, and will answer questions on the specific quality component of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Several California Association of Physician Group (CAPG) members will share the rationale behind their strategies and its implications for their organizations.
  • MIPS Group Reporting 101, Thursday, May 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Register here. During the webinar, CMS will provide an overview of group reporting under MIPS and highlight requirements for participation.

Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice presented by the American Psychiatric Association on Tuesday, May 9, from noon to 1 p.m. will provide a clear presentation of Motivational Interviewing that is readily transferable to everyday clinical practice. Register here.

2017 AMA Qualified Clinical Data Registry Conference, Tuesday, May 9, 1 to 5 pm CST, Chicago (NOTE: that’s 2-6 p.m. eastern time). This meeting will provide opportunities for the QCDR Steward Community to come together to share concerns, learn from others, and discuss the future of QCDRs in the CMS’ Quality Payment Program (QPP).  The AMA is working to provide support in order to increase both the breadth and depth of QCDR participation — more QCDRs with more participants in each. There is no conference fee. Register. Please note: login to the AMA web site is required; you may need to create a free account.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Oncology Care Model (OCM) team will hold a Stakeholder Public Forum on Thursday, May 11, from 1-4 p.m. to hear feedback about OCM. You may attend virtually or in-person at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Central Office located at 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244. Registration is available via this link until 5 p.m. on May 4.

The NC Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance’s (NCHICA) Spring Forum on Cybersecurity & Networking Reception will be held May 15 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The fee for the forum is $50 for NCHICA members/$75 non-members, and the reception is free. The following day, there will be a free workshop on Planning for Digital Transformations & IoT in Healthcare sponsored by HPE and Carolina Advanced Digital. Click here for more details.

NCTracks is conducting Regional NC Tracks Seminars to help educate new providers, billing staff of existing providers and serve as a refresher for current and experienced provider staff. The seminars will also allow an opportunity to meet the Regional Provider Relations Representatives. Each seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 18 – 359 Ferrell Lane, Halifax, NC
  • Tuesday, June 6 – 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, NC

Review the agenda. Providers can register for the NCTracks Regional Seminars and the Provider Help Centers in SkillPort, the NCTracks Learning Management System.

Wake AHEC will present a course titled “Improving Provider Communication + Self-Care = Thriving Practices and Patients” on May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Learn more and register.

Erlanger Health System’s 10th Annual Trauma Symposium will take place June 1-2, in Chattanooga, TN.  Disaster Management and Trauma – Critical Care topics will be covered with a hands-on cadaver and skills lab to apply information discussed in lectures. Discounted rates are available through May 21, 2017.  Go to to register!

Registration is now open for the 13th Academic Medical Center Security & Privacy Conference, June 12-14, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for security and privacy professionals at AMCs and other health systems to learn how their peers are handling important privacy and security issues. The program features two plenary sessions and 18 breakout sessions on Legal & Regulatory Compliance, Business Associates/Technology, and Cybersecurity & Risk Management topics, plus a half-day forum on Regulatory Change. Learn more and register.

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.

Save the Date for the 29th Annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference focusing on Updates on Breast and Prostate Cancers, at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, Oct. 20-21, 2017. Learn more.