The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Rural Health Association is offering a webinar on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program on Sept. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The webinar will offer a brief overview of the Quality Payment Program and MIPS for small, rural and underserved practices and describe resources available. Register here.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m., the AMA will offer a webinar to help you gain a clear understanding of the security risk analysis components necessary to score points in the Advancing Care Information (ACI) component of Quality Payment Program under MACRA. You will learn about the security risk analysis process under HIPAA and how to scope a quality improvement project to achieve success. Laura G. Hoffman, JD, will be the presenter. Click here to register.

The North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities invites you to the North Carolina Health Equity Impact Awards on Sept. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn/Raleigh Crabtree Valley. These awards recognize the students, community members, professionals and organizations that have successfully implemented a systems-change approach to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. RSVP to [email protected] by Friday, Sept. 1.

The Poe Center for Health Education and the NC Medical Society Alliance will host two luncheon conferences in Raleigh to examine the opioid crisis and explore collaborative solutions. The first will be held in Raleigh on Sept. 14 and the second will be held in Greensboro on Sept. 15. At both meetings the keynote speaker will be former Los Angeles Times reporter and national speaker, Sam Quinones, author of the book, “Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” A panel of local experts in Raleigh and Greensboro will discuss the impact of opioids in their communities and the opportunities for change. The meetings are approved for 3.0 CMEs, which fulfills the North Carolina Medical Board’s licensing requirement for opioid prescribing education. Learn more and register.

The Southeastern Medical Legal Symposium, Physicians Reviewing Physicians, Sept. 18-19, in Atlanta, GA, brings together stakeholders in the various professions involved in litigated medical claims. In its fourth year, the symposium is sponsored by the American College of Legal Medicine [ACLM]. Invitees include health care professionals (e.g., physicians, medical directors, psychologists, and nurse case managers), attorneys, dual degreed MD/PhD/DDS/DPM-JD’s, risk managers, claims managers, adjusters, judges, and others. Learn more and register.

The 2017 Lifestyle Medicine Symposium, sponsored by MAHEC, Mission Heart and Asheville Cardiology Associates will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Asheville. A vast majority of chronic disease, directly related to poor lifestyle choices, is reversible and preventable through the proper choices in nutrition, exercise and stress management. The growing field of Lifestyle Medicine, an essential foundation for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic medical conditions, makes available the necessary evidence-based solutions for providers to counsel patients and improve patient outcomes. Learn more and register.

The Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. ( Family Practice Residency program is hosting the Southeastern Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), “The Art of Healing ACEs”  on Oct. 19-21 in Asheville. Learn more and register.

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, 2017Learn more.

The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse will hold an educational event on Oct. 25 in Rocky Mount in Nash County. Presenter James Finch, MD, will provide relevant information on prescribing opioids safely with a focus on strategies for reducing adverse outcomes resulting from inappropriate prescribing, misuse and abuse of opioids.  CME will be offered at this free event. Learn more here.

Spaces are still available for the 2017 AMPAC Campaign School that will be taking place Oct. 27-29 at the AMA Office in Washington, DC. The school is targeted to AMA members, their spouses, residents, medical students and medical society staff who want to become more involved in the campaign process. The registration deadline is this Friday, Sept. 8. For more information or to apply visit: or contact us at: [email protected]

Registration is open for the 2017 High Country Care Transitions Summit on Friday, Nov. 3 in Wilkesboro, NC. To learn more and register, click here or visit website

Caravan Health will present its second annual Accountable Care Symposium on Dec. 6-7 in Phoenix, AZ at the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. The symposium is a learning and networking event for current and future participants in Advanced Payment Models. Registration for the symposium opens Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  For more information, please visit

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.