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Resources & Tools - under development:

Health Insurance
This resource center houses web links to key national, state and local agencies that provide helpful information on health insurance. Other information includes insurers' products, benefits, affiliated providers, decision support tools and disease specific programs.

Important tools for healthcare providers are housed including the insurers' on line newsletters, disease management programs, provider guidelines and wellness/prevention tools.

The NC Health Insurance Resource Center

Healthcare Quality
There is a growing emphasis on identifying, evaluating and highlighting the quality and best value of healthcare services, providers or facilities. This center focuses on evaluations on NC insurers via the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) as well as health care providers via various national recogniton programs, insurers' designations, HealthGrades or The LeapFrog Group.

National hospital comparative tools are available to evaluate individual hospitals or health systems, including their methodology in assessing the quality grades. Select measurements will also be provided on other healthcare quality assessments including medical errors, long term care, disease management and behavioral health organizations.

Healthcare Quality Resource Center

Employer Wellness
This center provides tools to employers ready to begin a wellness program at their workplace. It includes assistance and documentation on why health promotion makes good business sense including steps that can be taken to create a successful wellness program.

Additional resources focusing on weight management, tobacco cessation, and alcohol abuse are provided. Employers interested in implementing baselines on employees health can view sample Health Assessment Surveys.

Employer Wellness Resource Center

Consumer: Wellness Promotion & Disease Awareness
Consumers are able to utilize an online tool to receive customized health recommendations, to evaluate their likelihood to develop various diseases or chronic conditions or they can downaload established guidelines for preventive care.

Information is available on chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, migraines and cancer.

Consumer: Wellness Promotion and Disease Awarenes

Provider: Wellness Promotion, Disease Awareness & Guidelines
This center is a consolidated source of the most up-to-date and meaningful information relevant to North Carolina healthcare providers.

Local and national organizations' resources on important healthcare quality, disease and prevention guidelines and wellness and diagnostic resources are included, as well as tips for creating effective dialogue with patients and improving medication safety and adherence.

Provider: Wellness Promotion, Disease Awareness & Guidelines

Weight Management Registry
Obesity has moved to the forefront as an epidemic health issue. In response, NCAHC has developed a North Carolina Weight Management Registry that provides resources supporting physicians, patients and the general public in identifying weight loss treatment programs and services across the state.

This registry will help identify weight management programs in your area and highlight general information on their costs and staff. Programs are identified and can be searched by their actual name, county or zip code.

Weight Management Registry

The NC Medication Resource Center
The Medication Management Resource Center is a consolidated source of information for healthcare providers, employers, and healthcare consumers.

Information includes which drugs are on formulary, which drugs require step therapy, as well as authorization guidelines all specific to each health insurer. There is also information on understanding the importance of drug safety, helpful hints for taking your medication and links to product information for the top prescribed drugs in America.

The uninsured and underinsured can locate financial assistance information, and NC seniors can learn more about their prescription drug benefits under Medicare Part D.

Medication Management

Site Visit Assessment and Medical Records Assessment Tools for Managed Care Plans
The Site Visit Assessment and Medical Record Assessment Tools were developed by the North Carolina Association for Health Plans (NCAHP) Medical Director's Committee and the North Carolina Alliance for Healthy Communities (NCAHC) by consolidating managed care data collection tools; the requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA); and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The ultimate goal of this tool is to reduce the administrative burden to physician/provider's offices and managed care organizations. Copies of these documents are available below in Adobe Acrobat format.

Site Visit Assessment Tool for Managed Care Plans (Acrobat File: 240KB)

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