November 2017

Opioid Abuse Prevention: A Review of Best Practice Approaches

11/27/2017  1:00 PM 


The ND Hospital Association and the ND Medical Association hosted a webinar on October 26 to collaborate on opioid prevention best practices for North Dakota.

The webinar shared information on how North Dakota hospitals, physicians and licensing boards have been implementing processes and educational efforts to continue to minimize the risk for opioid overdose and addiction.

Due to demand, the ND Hospital Association and the ND Medical Association are offering the pre-recorded webinar for FREE to NDMA and NDHA members.

You can view the video HERE or save the link for later viewing.

Webinar presenters and links to slide presentations are listed here: Mark Hardy, PharmD, ND Board of PharmacyDr. Chris Meeker, CMO, Sanford BismarckDr. Andrew McLean, UND School of MedicineKeith Horner, PharmD, CHI; and Troy Seibel, ND Chief Deputy Attorney General.

Medication Safety Webinar Series

11/28/2017  1:00 PM  webinar




Medication Safety Webinar Series

Educational Sessions

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Part I

EHR Integration and Workflow (11/14/17)



Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Part II

Best Practices and Overcoming Barriers (11/28/17)

Register here.


Coaching Call

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (12/12/17)

Register here.


Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. These events include PDMP staff from throughout the Great Plains region in a roundtable discussion on optimizing PDMP utilization. Part I will focus on opportunities to integrate the PDMPs with electronic health records and how some organizations have successfully completed this integration. Part II will focus on best practices regarding PDMP in a variety of settings as well as guidance on how to overcome barriers to utilize the PDMP. The follow-up coaching call provides participants the opportunity to discuss PDMP uses with PDMP staff from throughout the Great Plains.


Target Audience:

Clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, government, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a PDMP discussion.



Upon completion of the EHR Integration and Workflow webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe options in your state to integrate PDMP and EHRs
  2. Discuss how some organization have integrated PDMP utilization into their workflows


Upon completion of the Best Practices and Overcoming Barriers webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain best practices to efficiently and effectively query PDMP
  2. Understand how PDMP reports can be utilized to improve patient care and public safety
  3. Describe barriers to PDMP use and how to overcome


Upon completion of the coaching call, participants will be able to:

  1. Receive coaching to assist you in your efforts to improve PDMP utilization
  2. Discuss PDMP uses in everyday practice



Reyne Kenton, BA

K-TRACS Program Manager

Kansas Board of Pharmacy


Kevin Borcher, PharmD

PDMP Program Director

Nebraska Health Information Initiative


Mark Hardy, PharmD

Executive Director

North Dakota Board of Pharmacy


Lisa Rave, BS, MBA

Clinical Integration Pharmacist

Avera Health System


Melissa DeNoon, RPh

PDMP Program Director

South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy



This material was prepared by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-GPQIN-ND-C3-146/1017


Colorectal Cancer Screening in American Indian & Alaska Natives

11/28/2017  1:00 PM 

Registration is Open for Tuesday, November 28th Webinar on Colorectal Cancer Screening in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities


Join us on Tuesday, November 28th at 1:00pm CT for an NCCRT webinar, in which we will explore CRC screening in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the NCCRT and ACS’s April 2016 summit on CRC and AI/AN communities and describe ACS’s recent grants to increase screening for AI/AN-serving primary care clinics. We will also hear from two AI/AN-serving organizations that are implementing innovative strategies to increase CRC screening in the communities they serve. Speakers will include: Laura Makaroff of ACS, Jessica Deaton of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, and Richard Mousseau of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Registration is now open:


The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts. You must be registered to join the webinar.


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