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Events

NC SHCC 6.7.17
The LJP Lab executive team attended the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council meeting on June 7, 2017. Thomas Stith, LJP Lab President, is pictured in front of the meeting space.

LJP Lab’s executive team attended the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council’s spring meeting. The session was held on June 7, 2017, and was appropriately located in the Brown Building on the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The goal of the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (NC SHCC) is to prepare the annual State Medical Facilities Plan (SMFP), a document that is annually approved by the governor of North Carolina. The plan takes effect on January 1st and expires on December 31st of each year. The Council members strive to accomplish the following goals when preparing the SMFP:

  1. Promote cost-effective approaches
  2. Expand health care services to the medically underserved
  3. Encourage quality health care services

The NC SHCC is comprised of several committees, including the Acute Care Services Committee, the Long-Term & Behavioral Health Committee, and the Technology & Equipment Committee. These entities were responsible for submitting individual committee recommendations, to be adopted by the full Council, and included in the 2018 NC SMFP.

The Acute Care Services Committee and the Long-Term & Behavioral Health Committee reports were of particular interest to LJP Lab. It was reported that the Acute Care Services Committee met on April 4, 2017 and May 2, 2017. The committee reviewed several policies and made need assessments regarding acute care services throughout the state. More specifically, 90 hospital beds are needed, and will be dispersed throughout Mecklenburg (32), Orange (36), and Moore (22) counties. 30 operating rooms will be dispersed throughout the state, and no inpatient rehabilitation beds are needed, at this time. It was reported that the Long-Term & Behavioral Health Committee met on April 4, 2017 and May 5, 2017. The committee reviewed several policies, proposed the introduction of new and revised tables to the SMFP, and made need assessments regarding long-term & behavioral health facilities across the state. No additional nursing care beds, inpatient psychiatric beds, or adult inpatient substance use beds are needed at this time. However, the committee approved the need for 50 adult home beds (20 in Greene County and 30 in Ash County), 2 home help facilities, 25 hospice facilities, and 15 child/adolescent inpatient substance use beds. The committee also announced $16.5 million allocated to two North Carolina facilities, in accordance to the Dix closure agreement.

The Council will host a series of public hearings, and welcome community involvement regarding the proposed 2018 SMFP. The following table outlines detailed information regarding the scheduled public hearings.

Date City Location
July 11, 2017 Greensboro The Women’s Hospital
July 14, 2017 Wilmington New Hanover County-Main Library
July 18, 2017 Concord CHS-NorthEast
July 21, 2017 Asheville Mountain Area Health Education Center
July 24, 2017 Greenville Pitt County Office Building
July 26, 2017 Raleigh Dorothea Dix Campus-Brown Building

All hearings begin at 1:30 p.m. The Council requests tangible, paper reports of all comments and requested changes to the SMFP.

In addition, constituents should note two important deadlines. July 26, 2017 is the deadline for receipt of all public petitions for suggested adjustments and general comments regarding the 2018 SMFP. August 10, 2017 marks the deadline for receipt of all written comments on petitions, submitted by the appropriate deadline, including all feedback regarding need determinations.

The Spring SHCC meeting provided key insight into state policies and strategies to address North Carolina’s behavioral and acute care population. The North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council will meet on September 6, 2017 and October 4, 2017 to finalize the proposed 2018 State Medical Facilities Plan. These meetings will be held on the Dorthea Dix Campus, and LJP Lab’s executive staff will be in attendance.

 

PAINWeekEND 6.10.17
The LJP Lab executive team attended PAINWeekEnd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

LJP Lab’s executive team attended the PAINWeekEnd regional conference. The conference was held on June 10, 2017, and was located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

PAINWeekEnd regional conferences are hosted and produced by PAINWeek, a national conference aiming to discuss pain education resources for healthcare professionals. Clinicians, and their associated staff, face numerous challenges with the issue of chronic pain rising as a national, public health concern.

The educational objectives of PAINWeekEnd are to:

  1. Describe the high level of comorbidity between opiod use disorders and chronic pain
  2. Explain the model of collaborative care and the challenges of setting patient boundaries
  3. Describe where adjuvant analgesics act in the pain pathway and the differences in mechanism of action
  4. Define rational polypharmacy as it pertains to the patient in pain

The LJP Lab team attended several seminars throughout the day. The following outlines a brief synopsis of each.

Chronic Pain Assessment: The Foundation of Treatment
The objectives of this course were to compare different pain rating scales, describe a comprehensive stepwise approach to the assessment and follow-up of patients with chronic pain, and to identify support tools available to the primary care clinician managing a patient with chronic pain.

The Gentle Art of Saying No: How to Establish Appropriate Boundaries With Chronic Pain Patient
The objectives of this course were to describe patient-provider shared responsibility while prescribing pain medications, explain the model of collaborative care, explain the challenges of setting patient boundaries, and to explain the steps of resolution.

How Does Acute Pain Become Chronic
The objectives of this course were to describe a patient-centered approach to the formulation of the patient with acute pain, review risk factors/predictors of chronic pain, and to identify rational treatment approaches to reduce the risk of developing chronic pain.

Nonopiod Analgesics: Antidepressants, Adjuvant Therapies, and Muscle Relaxants
The objectives of this course were to describe where adjuvant analgesics act in the pain pathway and the differences in mechanism of action (MOA), compare risks and benefits of different adjuvant analgesics for a given patient, and to choose an adjuvant analgesic based on current guidelines and/or evidence-based medicine as well as individual patient factors.

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: A Primer for Chronic Pain Management and Substance Abuse Disorders
The objectives of this course were to describe the circuitous journey the field of pain management has undergone, describe the high level of comorbidity between opioid use disorders and chronic pain, apply the new strategies underlined by the CDC guidelines for pain management, and to evaluate how to select candidates for opioid trials, assess for risk, and initiate opioid therapy, but only after exploring non-opioid and non-pharmacological strategies.

Rational Polypharmacy
The objectives of this course were to define rational polypharmacy as it pertains to the patient in pain, recognize the various pharmacological classes used in rational polypharmacy of pain management, and to distinguish between rational and irrational polypharmacy with respect to acute and chronic pain.

PAINWeekEND allowed LJP Lab’s executive team to get a broader understanding of the needs and requirements of the provider community. This insight will allow us to more effectively serve that segment of the industry. The full PainWeek will take place September 5-9 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 120 hours of content will be presented, serving as continuing education for members of the healthcare community.


 

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