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The latest news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Celebrating Carolina Care Excellence

Each year, UNC Health Care administers the CMS-approved Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey to solicit feedback from patients. One question on that survey asks patients if they would recommend their provider's office to friends and family. One hundred and seventy-one of our providers had more than 95 percent of their patients respond “Yes, definitely!” to that question, which places them in the top quartile nationally. In recognition of this achievement, each of these providers will receive the 2017 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence.

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New alerts for medical providers and nurses on C. difficile testing starting March 29

To reinforce evidence-based C. difficile testing recommendations from Hospital Epidemiology, medical providers and nurses ordering C. difficile tests will see new Best Practice Advisory (BPA) alerts in Epic@UNC starting Wednesday, March 29, if a C. difficile test is ordered on a patient who meets certain criteria.

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UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

The 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting meeting in Washington, D.C., April 1-5, is expected to draw more than 20,000 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and others, including UNC Lineberger faculty, to discuss advances in the field of cancer science.

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Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Sarah Kowitt, MPH, found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.

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UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

With a more accurate understanding of the characteristics and function of the receptor MRGRPX2, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers were also able to create chemical probe that will allow them study the receptor more precisely.

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Providers: Several discharge Order Sets updated March 28 to ensure clarity

The verbiage and placement of follow-up orders in several discharge order sets will be updated Tuesday, March 28, to ensure the action required from each follow-up order is clear.

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Inpatient Providers: New order available to order patient education on using Aerosol Devices

Starting Monday, March 27, a new respiratory care order, “Demo or Evaluate Pt Use of Aerosol Device,” will be available so that providers can order patient education from Respiratory Therapists at Chatham Hospital, Johnston Health, Pardee Hospital, and UNC REX Healthcare.

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Poor oral health and food scarcity major contributors to malnutrition in older adults

Poor oral health and food scarcity major contributors to malnutrition in older adults

Findings point to need for dental care and food assistance programs in elderly. Timothy Platts-Mills, MD, is a senior author of the study.

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UNC Discount Available for Precision Medicine World Conference

UNC Discount Available for Precision Medicine World Conference

The annual Precision Medicine World Conference, which is typically held in Silicon Valley, will come to the east coast this year: May 24-25 at Duke University. It will feature several prominent speakers including UNC's William Roper, MD, MPH, Charles Perou, PhD, and Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD. Registration is open now, and those who register before April 3 will receive a 30 percent discounted rate.

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UNC IRB Membership Drive

Do you wish the Institutional Review Board (IRB) could review studies more quickly? Are you frustrated when your study cannot be placed on an earlier meeting agenda? Do you wonder how the IRB functions or why you receive all those stipulations? Are you interested in research ethics and how they are applied at UNC? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please consider volunteering with the IRB.

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National LGBT Health Awareness Week Information Session

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Nursing Diversity Council will sponsor an information table in the Children's Hospital Lobby to provide information about the unique needs of the LGBT community.

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Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, Chelsea Anderson, MPH, and their colleagues report that women diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely, and to babies whose weights were below normal. Cancer survivors also had a slightly higher rate of cesarean section deliveries.

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UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Match Day

UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Match Day

On Friday, March 17, the UNC School of Medicine held the annual Match Day celebration. Students and their families gathered to celebrate and to learn where the students will complete their residency training. Check out this graphic with more information on this year's Match results.

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Multicultural Fair – Prizes Offered for the Best Exihibits

Multicultural Fair – Prizes Offered for the Best Exihibits

It’s not too late to participate in the 2017 Multicultural Fair on April 7 by creating a cultural exhibit. And don't forget that by creating an exhibit, you'll have the chance to win one of five fantastic prizes!

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Providers: InBasket Optimization Bundle coming April 3

On Monday, April 3, providers will see several InBasket improvements in Epic@UNC .

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2017 Innovation Pilot Award Winners Announced

The UNC Center for Health Innovation is pleased to announce winners of the fifth annual Innovation Pilot Awards. The Center sought proposals from employees for innovations across a spectrum of areas including care delivery, new technology, advanced analytics and others.

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Professional Compliance Newsletter Now Available

Professional Compliance has released a new edition of Compliance POP News. This edition discusses: a false claims settlement at an academic medical center; care management billing updates; incident to billing updates; compliance policy updates; and Medicaid new enrollee site visits.

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