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Stay Out! Hospitals Try To Prevent Patient Readmissions



Codeine: Time To Say No - a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics



Narcan® Nasal Spray Preferred on NC Medicaid PDL effective April 1, 2016

After receiving Fast Track Designation and Priority Review, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved NARCAN® (naloxone HCI) 4mg Nasal Spray, manufactured by Adapt Pharma, for commercial use in the United States. Based on the patient safety benefit of the commercially available naloxone nasal spray which facilitates the safe and immediate administration of naloxone for overdose, NARCAN® Nasal Spray will be moved to preferred status in the Opioid Antagonist drug class on the NC Medicaid PDL with an effective date of April 1, 2016.

Narcan Nasal Spray


State Auditor's Report


Statement from Dr. Tom Wroth, acting president of NCCCN, Inc.

We are pleased that, once again, an independent study of CCNC’s impact by an external reviewer has validated the cost savings generated by our nonprofit, patient-centered medical home system. The report shows that CCNC generates a three-to-one return on investment for the State, with every dollar invested in the nonprofit CCNC program generating over $3 in savings. All of these savings are returned to the state, with savings averaging $312 per member per year after accounting for program costs. This represents a savings of about 9 percent of NC Medicaid costs.


The largest spending reductions were seen for inpatient services, with a 25% reduction in inpatient admissions. Meaningful savings were also observed in pharmacy spending despite increased medication use, driven by a shift to less expensive medications. Similarly, spending on ambulatory services declined despite an increase in physician visits, reflecting a shift away from expensive services and sites of care. The audit confirms that effective use of local resources to improve care returns significant savings to the State. CCNC currently serves 1.4 million Medicaid beneficiaries.



CCNC receives TCPI award


NC Peds Society awardThe North Carolina Pediatric Society, a chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, presented the inaugural Steve Shore Service Award to Dr. Tilson at the Society’s Annual Meeting on August 22nd. The award was given for her multi-faceted efforts to improve child health through strengthened infrastructure, quality improvement, and strong communication and her passion for the health of North Carolina children and youth.
Congratulations to Dr. Tilson!



Johnston County EMS introduces new Community Paramedic Program



BTilson awardDr. Betsey Tilson has been awarded the J. Michael Weeks Award for Humanitarianism. The award honors one who has devoted extraordinary time to teaching or to the care of those less fortunate; one who has participated significantly in an event which visibly demonstrates a commitment to those less fortunate; or, one who has demonstrated leadership and participation in a significant project which directly contributes to the welfare of the citizenry. The recipient of the award can be any member of the WakeMed hospital family who has distinguished him or herself for service to humanity. Congratulations to Dr. Tilson!



JPhilyaw award

Jamie Philyaw, Network Director for Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties was recently recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a 2015 Healthcare Hero. Congratulations, Jamie!