July 22

In this Issue:

 

Assistance with Meaningful Use Authorization Process

Hospital-based clinic update for BCBS members

In-House Propoxyphene Urine Drug Screening Discontinued on July 20, 2011

Pertussis Vaccine: Protect your Patients and Yourself

Journal Cancellations 2011


Assistance with Meaningful Use Authorization Process - Your chance to win an iPad!

Practice Quality & Innovation staff will offer two on-site opportunities to help providers complete MU authorization.

 

We recently outlined here the process required for eligible professionals (EPs) to authorize Practice Quality & Innovation (PQI) to act on their behalf for Meaningful Use (MU) registration and attestation. Detailed instructions on how to complete the authorization process are available here.

 

As of July 19, 26 percent of UNC’s EPs have successfully completed this process.  Next week, PQI will offer two opportunities to assist the EPs that have not had a chance to do so. Authorization takes only 5-10 minutes and is required in order for UNC EPs to receive MU incentives.

 

The PQI staff will be available at the locations and times listed below:

•ACC, 2nd Floor Lobby – Thursday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

•Cancer Hospital Lobby (Outside Starbucks) – Friday, July 29th, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

After completing the Authorization process, EPs are automatically entered into a drawing for an iPad 2. Congratulations to the recipient of the first iPad 2 giveaway:  Dr. Leonard Parker in the Department of Radiology.  Two more iPad giveaways will take place over the next few weeks.  To be eligible for both drawings, EPs must complete the Authorization process by next Friday, 7/29/11. (EPs who have already completed the process have been entered in all three iPad 2 giveaways.)

 

To request PQI staff to hold an Authorization Session at your clinic, Grand Rounds, or faculty meeting, please contact meaningfuluse@unch.unc.edu.


Hospital-based clinic update for BCBS members

Beginning Aug. 1, seventeen UNC clinics will no longer be categorized as “hospital-based” for most with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). UNC Health Care and BCBSNC have collaborated to make routine visits and services at newly designated independent UNC clinics more affordable and easier to access for BCBSNC members. Read more here.


In-House Propoxyphene Urine Drug Screening Discontinued on July 20, 2011

This means the drug will be dropped from the urine toxicology Screen (UTOX2, test number 1204). Requests for propoxyphene testing will be sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories. For questions of more information regarding this test, please contact Dr. Hammett-Stabler or Tina Leonard at 966-2361.


Pertussis Vaccine: Protect your Patients and Yourself

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age. In the U.S. there are approximately 1 million cases per year and 100 deaths.

 

The School of Medicine and UNC Health Care require that health care personnel maintain compliance with the Immunization Policy which includes mandatory Tdap vaccination.  The Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) is available at no charge to UNC School of Medicine faculty and staff who are enrolled in the Immunization Program. If you need the Tdap vaccine, please schedule an appointment with the University Employee Health Program using the new online scheduling system, available at https://itsapps.unc.edu/UEOHC/ or by calling 966-9119.


Journal Cancellations 2011

The UNC Health Sciences Library has compiled a list of journal cancellation candidates for public review. The deadline for reviewing the list is July 31, 2011.

 

The UNC Health Sciences Library has compiled a list of journal cancellation candidates for public review via the Journal Cancellation website during the month July, 2011.  Your feedback is critical. Please review the list and rate the titles in your area, along with any other titles of interest.  The list may be browsed alphabetically by title or by subject.  The deadline for reviewing the list is July 31, 2011.

 

For more information, including FAQ and Cancellation Criteria, go to the Journal Cancellation website.