Medicaid Managed Care Trainings

Medicaid Managed Care

NC AHEC Practice Support has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Division of Health Benefits to help healthcare providers thrive under Medicaid Managed Care.  Practice Support provides no-cost assistance with education and issue resolution, COVID19 vaccine assistance, quality improvement, clinical workflow redesign, Advanced Medical Home tier support, EHR optimization, telehealth integration, HIE training and integration, operational needs assessments, revenue cycle management, Tailored Care Management education and issue resolution, and Community Health Worker integration.  Practice support assistance can be requested via practicesupport@ncahec.net.  More information is also available on the NC Medicaid website for providers.

Webinar Series

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Benefits and North Carolina AHEC are offering an evening webinar series to help providers, practice managers, and quality managers succeed with Medicaid Managed Care.

Hosted by Shannon Dowler, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the NC Division of Health Benefits, the Medicaid Managed Care webinars on the 3rd Thursday of the month are dedicated to bringing you late breaking information and guidance on NC Medicaid’s transition to Managed Care.

Topics will vary, but each session will include an open question and answer period. Upcoming topics will include: pharmacy and durable medical equipment, behavioral health, transitions of care, specialized therapies, quality measures, network adequacy, provider directory, billing, incentive payments, clinical coverage policy updates, and more. 


Medicaid Managed Care Webinar Series:
Fireside (Winter)/Back Porch (Spring) Chats on Hot Topics

Hosted by Shannon Dowler, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NC Division of Health Benefits. Moderated by Hugh Tilson, Director of the NC AHEC Program.

Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30 PM
  
December 15, 2022 | Medicaid Hot Topics
January 19, 2023 | Medicaid Hot Topics
February 16, 2023 | Medicaid Hot Topics
March 16, 2023 | Medicaid Hot Topics
April 20, 2023 | Medicaid Hot Topics
May 18, 2023 | Medicaid Hot Topics
June 15, 2023 | Medicaid Hot Topics


Virtual Office Hours for Providers

Medicaid Transformation Provider Services and North Carolina AHEC are offering a series of Virtual Office Hours for providers. These sessions offer an interactive format for providers to ask questions on a variety of Medicaid Managed Care topics.


March 3, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. | Provider Enrollment
June 1, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. | Provider Enrollment


Additional Webinars on Special Topics

December 12, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m. | Patient Risk List Companion Guide
This webinar will be leveraged to review the newly released NC Medicaid Managed Care Patient Risk List Companion Guide with Standard Plan Health Plans, Tailored Plans, Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP), Advanced Medical Home Tier 3s, Advanced Medical Home + (AMH+) practices, Care Management Agencies (CMA), and their designated Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) or Other Data Partners.

December 14, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m. | TCM Provider Training on 1915(i) Waiver
Training for Tailored Care Management providers on how they will support the addition of1915(i) services to the NC Medicaid population. During this session, the team will highlight important updates and actions for Tailored Care Management (TCM) Providers related to the 1915(i) waiver, including a review of the 1915(i) services, understanding the assessments required for the 1915(i) services and what role TCM providers play in supporting members who receive services under the 1915(i) waiver.


2nd Annual Virtual Statewide Quality Forum

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Benefits and North Carolina AHEC, in conjunction with the five Medicaid managed care health plans, have hosted two Quality Forums. See recordings and slides from the August 2022 forum as well as the October 2021 forum by clicking on the button below.


Webinar Series: Healthy Opportunities

North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities Pilot program is an unprecedented opportunity to test the integration of evidence-based, non-medical interventions into the state’s Medicaid program. The Pilots will provide non-medical services to qualifying Medicaid members across four domains: housing, food, transportation and interpersonal violence/toxic stress. Critically, frontline care managers working in Pilot regions will play an essential role in identifying members that may benefit from Pilot services, recommending appropriate services and coordinating their care.

Join us for webinars designed for frontline care managers at the first 3 CINs to participate in the HO Pilots (essential); other frontline care managers serving Pilot regions are encouraged to attend.

In addition to the above webinar series, we are offering the following courses:
Using Motivational Interviewing to Support the Healthy Opportunities Pilots: This course employs effective techniques to quickly build rapport with cases and contacts. Creating a relationship that is non-judgmental and builds on the client’s strengths will allow for a much more productive exchange of information. This technique is critical in working with known COVID-19 cases and contacts. You can register for this course here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training – Cultural Humility: This course includes training on Cultural Humility 101 and Culturally Responsive Clinical Care, both of which are required training for Care Management Entities participating in Healthy Opportunities Pilots.  Culturally responsive care is an essential component of ensuring the services individuals and families receive are person-centered, compassionate, and highly effective.  

In addition, building the skills and capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) takes time to learn and integrate into patient care.  For this reason, it is highly recommended that HO Pilot participants add to their calendar completing additional trainings, such as Implicit BiasStructural RacismCommunication in Healthcareand Microaggressions


Webinar Series: Quality & Population Health

This series, formerly the Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Webinar Series, is designed to support providers, practice managers, quality improvement professionals, care managers, and clinically integrated networks (CINs).


Webinar Series: Dental Provider Educational Sessions

The NC Medicaid Dental Policy Team and the Office of Compliance & Program Integrity (OCPI) Team hosted two (2) Dental Provider Educational Sessions in Spring of 2022 for the following: Dentists/ Specialty Dentists, Office Managers, Front Desk/Insurance Coordinators, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants.



Health Plan Virtual Meet & Greets

Health Plan Meet & Greet live sessions concluded on April 8, 2021.

Training for the Community Health Worker Initiative

Last updated August 21, 2020 at 12:11 p.m.

In support of DHHS and the Office of Rural Health Community Health Worker Initiative, the NC AHEC Program is offering a series of self-paced online courses to help connect the health workforce to COVID-19 related community-based resources for patients and their families.

Time Commitment: 2 hours and 42 minutes

Learning Objectives. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the public health infrastructure in North Carolina.
  • Define implicit bias, cultural humility, cultural consciousness, microaggression, and the cycle of socialization.
  • Identify best practices for engaging with different subsets of the general population.
  • Demonstrate how key concepts of client centered counseling can be used by the community health worker.
  • Name 3 actions to take to enhance personal health and safety when in the field.
  • Summarize frequently asked questions about COVID-19, isolation, and quarantine.
  • Review the role of the community health worker as it intersects with the role of case investigators and contact tracers.

The course consists of five modules and a playbook of resources for community health workers and their patients. To register, go to http://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/64098. You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already.

Module 1: Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina 25 minutes

Module 2: Implicit Bias, Cultural Humility, and Cultural Consciousness 33 minutes

Module 3: Subsets of the General Population 37 minutes

Module 4: Communication and Client Centered Counseling 23 minutes

Module 5: Field Safety 14 minutes

Module 6: Community Health Workers Playbook approx. 30 minutes

Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Skill Development for COVID-19

In collaboration with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Program has prepared a training curriculum that can be utilized for individuals with Local Health Departments (LHD), University and College programs, vendors providing Contact Tracing and Case Investigation for the state and volunteers and other individuals who are interested in knowing more about Contact Tracing and Case Investigation in North Carolina to help slow and end the COVID-19 pandemic.

All individuals completing these modules will get a thorough understanding of the process of Contact Tracing.  To become proficient in this skill, those completing the course must receive additional mentoring and guidance in the settings where they may work.  As an example the original trained workforce of the Carolina Contact Tracing Collaborative or CCTC which is a joint effort of CCNC and NC AHEC through the NC DHHS has a network of trained Regional Supervisors, Team Leads and educators.  You will hear CCTC mentioned in several places so know this relates to the original workforce that started at 250 and is now over 1,000.  All other entities managing a Contact Tracing workforce such as the LHDs should also have supervisory staff to guide the tracers. Other entities will need to plan this supervisory role into their managing structure.

CCTO User Training

Live trainings for CCTO Users are offered with topics including updates and enhancements to the CCTO Tool and common Help Desk issues. A live Q&A is held at the end of each session to give attendees an opportunity to ask questions and request demonstrations of certain CCTO features. The trainings will continue until they are no longer needed.

November 10, 2022 | CI-CT Health Equity Portfolio HMP Definition: Recording and Slides

All About Vaccines: Recording, Slide Deck and Assessment
COVID-19 Vaccines: Recording, Slide Deck and Assessment
Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy: Recording, Slide Deck and Assessment
Contact Tracing Script Readthrough: RecordingSlide Deck, and Link to Contact Tracing Script

Access a full archive of materials for this webinar series here.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training ORIENTATION

MODULE 1          Orientation to Public Health in North Carolina

Time Commitment: 1 hour

This program is presented by the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. It provides an excellent overview of the work of public health in each community and our state.  The role of disease surveillance has been with us for a very long time and it is our public health responsibility to serve communities to keep them safe from these communicable diseases like the Coronavirus. 

MODULE 2          Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers                                        

Time Commitment: 3.0 hours

In this course, trainees will have the opportunity to participate in a 3-hour training.  The Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers course is offered jointly by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National -Coalition of Sexually Transmitted Disease Directors (NCSD). The ASTHO/NCSD training is strongly recommended to ensure that learners understand the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, including COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, and control measures; components of effective interviewing; cultural sensitivity and confidentiality in communicable disease

MODULE  3          Cultural Diversity and Implicit Bias

Time Commitment: 1.0 hour

Contact Tracing requires a high level of relationship building and respect for the diverse population that will be served.  This course introduces learners to key areas to consider and appropriate conversations to respect diversity, equity and inclusion.

MODULE  4          Putting It All Together; Workflow

Time Commitment: 1 hour

The process of Case Investigation and Contact Tracing follows a particular pattern in NC.  This module puts the pieces of workflow and interviewing together. Who should be doing what and when?  It also includes information about Isolation and Quarantine.

To register, go to https://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/63430. You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already.

Motivational Interviewing for COVID-19 Cases and Contacts

This 5-module course on Motivational Interviewing employs effective techniques to quickly build rapport with cases and contacts.  Creating a relationship that is non-judgmental and builds on the client’s strengths will allow for a much more productive exchange of information.  This technique is critical in working with known COVID-19 cases and contacts.

Time Commitment         2 hours

Motivational Interviewing Techniques
Motivational Interview (role play video in English)
Motivational Interview (additional video in English)
Motivational Interview (role play video in Spanish)
Motivational Interview (additional video in Spanish)

To register, go to https://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/64802 You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing ADVANCED TOPICS

MODULE 1          Skills for Effective Communication  

Time Commitment         1 hour

Effective communication is the cornerstone of a successful contact tracing interaction. That includes building rapport, active listening and asking the right kinds of questions. In this module, which is from the Coursera John Hopkins Contact Tracing program, you will read and watch several examples that demonstrate how and how not to have productive conversations.  

MODULE  2          Ethics of Contact Tracing and Technological Tools

Time Commitment          1.5 hours     

This course from the Coursera John Hopkins Contact Tracing program clearly defines privacy, confidentiality and autonomy as it relates to Contact Tracing.  In addition, the course offers an excellent overview of the tools that are being used in Contact Tracing and as you learn about NC efforts you will note our State is implementing these tools.

MODULE  3          Subsets of the General Population

Time Commitment         1 hour

This is a “must do” lesson.  Many subgroups make up the population in NC who can have vulnerabilities that increase their risk of contracting COVID-19.  Best practices for engaging people in these population subsets are essential to establishing rapport and providing assistance.

To register, go to https://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/63703. You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already.

COVID-19 Case Investigation

Time Commitment          4.5 hours

This 6-module training course is designed for those individuals who will fill the role of a Case Investigator. This role is usually given to those who have experience in the Contact Tracing process. The focus of this course is to introduce the process of Case Investigation and then to give recorded videos of the Interview process in both English and Spanish.

Case Investigation Training Modules

1.            Etiology and Pathology of COVID-19
2.            A Day in the Life of a CI
3.            Conducting an Interview
4.            Eliciting Contacts
5.            Common Issues
6.            NC-COVID Part II Form

To register, go to https://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/64277. You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already.

COVID-19 Field Safety Presentation

Time Commitment         45 minutes  

This presentation shows the proper process for donning and doffing PPE which is necessary for field visits.  Basics of field safety are presented. This module does not provide the extensive training necessary to be skilled in Field Visits and Surveillance.  Any staff participating in Field Visits must be with trained Field Visit staff from a Local Health Department.

To register, go to https://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/64803. You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already.

COVID-19 Workforce Training Additional Resources

  1. NC Division of Public Health Communicable Diseases Resource
  2. A Focus on Interviewing: these are recorded video examples of interviewing that can provide helpful tips.
  3. CDC Website
  4. Public Health in NC: full 2.5 hour course
  5. John Hopkins Contact Tracing Course presented by Coursera

To register, go to https://www.ncahec.net/courses-and-events/64804. You will be asked to create a MyAHEC account if you do not have one already