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June 11, 2018 |
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NCDA Online | 2018 NCDA Summer Meeting Info

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Thank You, Skin Screening Volunteers!

The NCDA's Annual Skin Screening Day at the Legislature, held on June 6, was a terrific success thanks to the nine dermatologists and dermatology PAs who volunteered their time and talents. The event was held at the legislative building in Raleigh. Eighty-two North Carolinians were screened for suspicious lesions and moles and took home a goodie bags of skin care products. Please join us in thanking this year's volunteers!

Peter Mattei, MD / Pinehurst
Russell J. Kilpatrick, MD / Greenville
Christopher Henderson, MD / Durham
Susan Sanders, MD / Concord
Adam Ingraffea, MD / Cary
Sarah Wolfe, MD / Chapel Hill
Betty Jiang, MD / Durham
Lisa Christman, MD / Raleigh
Leighanne McGill, PA-C / Chapel Hill

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NCDA Summer Meeting, July 13-15

The 2018 NCDA Summer Meeting is scheduled for the weekend of July 13-15 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. This year's program features an AAD Update on Friday afternoon presented by the current President of the AAD, Suzanne Olbricht, MD, FAAD, followed by her presentation "Practicing Dermatology in 2018: A Tale to be Told of Change, Anxiety, Burnout and Resilience." Additionally, an informative presentation on "How to Make Your Practice More Efficient and Profitable" will be included. Friday concludes with the welcome reception.

On Saturday, hear from the only physician currently serving in the North Carolina General Assembly, Rep. Greg Murphy, MD, FACS, who will discuss "The Importance of Advocacy," followed by the state Legislative Update from NCDA lobbyist Rob Lamme. Saturday afternoon is free; we are offering several recreation options (minimum registration numbers apply). The family-friendly Saturday buffet dinner at the Grove Park Inn Country Club will feature live musical entertainment by a local bluegrass band.

Resident presentations are scheduled for Sunday morning, followed by a presentation on "Building and Realizing Value in Your Dermatology Practice." Attire for all functions is business or resort casual.

  • Online Registration - Early-bird registration discounts end June 15.
  • Download the Registration Brochure
  • Accommodations: For room reservations, book online or call the Omni Grove Park Inn at 800-438-5800 and request the NCDA rate of $289++ per night. The hotel cut-off is June 12 - Don't delay! 
  • CME Credit Statement: The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Exhibiting Opportunities: Help ensure a successful meeting by sharing the Exhibitor Prospectus with the product and service representatives who call on your practice.
  • Questions? Contact Nancy Lowe at 919-833-3836 or

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NC HealthConnex: Are You Connected?

The June 1, 2018 deadline for hospitals, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with an electronic health record (EHR) system to have initiated a connection to NC HealthConnex, North Carolina’s designated statewide health information exchange network, has passed. Providers with an EHR system who did not meet this deadline can request an extension for their connection.

To request an extension, providers must:

  1. Complete and sign an NC HIEA Participation Agreement;
  2. Have NC HIEA countersign the agreement; and
  3. Begin the onboarding process to connect to NC HealthConnex.

Hospitals, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who currently do not have an EHR system must connect by June 1, 2019. For complete details, visit the NC HIEA website.

NC HealthConnex is a secure electronic network that facilitates conversations between health care providers, allowing them to access and share health-related information across the state. Created by the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGS 90-414.7), NC HealthConnex is the state-designated health information exchange. It is managed by the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA), housed within the NC Department of Information Technology.

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NC DHHS: Fewer Opioid Prescriptions, Improved Access to Care

The NC Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that the oversupply of prescription opioids in the state is being reduced and North Carolinians' access to treatment and recovery services has increased. This data comes from a new NC DHHS-created data dashboard.

According to an NC DHHS press release, there were 20 million fewer opioid pills dispensed statewide in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to the same period the year before when 141 million were distributed. Data also indicate more people are receiving care through medication-assisted treatment, coupled with clinical treatment services, for substance use disorder.

"The opioid data dashboard is a powerful tool for health care providers, community coalitions and everyone involved in turning the tide of the opioid crisis in North Carolina," said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. "While we are encouraged by these early metrics, our data show that we still have a lot of work to do."

More information, including instructions on how to use the dashboard, is available at the Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard site. More details on the Opioid Action Plan and other steps being taken to turn the tide of opioid addiction in North Carolina are also available from the NC DHHS.

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