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January 18, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Four Seasons - Sponsor Message
Vendor/Discount Programs
Annual Celebration- RSVP Now
HeartStrings- Register Now!
We Need Your Vote- 2012 Boards
10th Annual HeartStrings in the Mountain Xpress
Congratulations, Mission Health System!
Congratulations, Pardee Hospital!
CMS Released Statement Reminding Physicians of Process in Early 2012 for Attesting EHRMU in 2011
We Need a Permanent Fix to SGR
You Get We Give- Weekly Deal- O3 Health & Fitness
Job Board & Classifieds



Save the Date- Annual Celebration

Annual Celebration

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HeartStrings- Register Now!

10th Annual HeartStrings
Want to support the work of Project Access in a fun, fit way?

Register to participate in the 10th Annual HeartStrings on our website.

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Dear Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) Membership:


According to WCMS Association bylaws, a quorum (that's about 90 members) is necessary to elect the new Boards of Directors for the Association and Foundation for 2012. We would like your vote NOW.


Please review both slates.


Then, email your yea or nay vote to WCMS. 


We need to hear from you ASAP. Thank you for all you do and for your continued membership in, and support of, WCMS.

10th Annual HeartStrings Benefiting Project Access Event Set for Feb 12 

Congratulations, Mission Health System! 

A systematic approach to quality improvement 

Only one of the top five medium-size health systems is a prior winner: Prime Healthcare Services in Ontario, Calif. The four other winners in this group are Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass.; Mission Health System in Asheville, NC; Geissinger Health ...

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Congratulations, Pardee Hospital!

Pardee Hospital becomes first hospital in North Carolina to receive ISO accreditation for quality standards.

Read more.

CMS Released Statement Reminding Physicians of Process in Early 2012 for Attesting to EHRMU in 2011 


We Need a Permanent Fix to SGR 

Take Action! 

Congress just approved a mere 2 month patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.  Please take a moment to send another e-mail to your Senators and Congressman to let them know that it is time to stop kicking this can down the road.




You Get We Give- O3 Health & Fitness 

You pay $45 for a fitness package worth $150.  Buy now and support the WCMS Foundation.

View this week's deal.
Job Board

Accounts Receivable Rep- Summit Billing   


Teacher Assistant- AB-Tech


Instructor (Dental Assisting/Hygiene)- AB-Tech  


Medical Billing Manager- Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS)


RN/LPN- Community Family Practice



Testimonial from Mountain Kidney and Hypertension Assoc:

"The WCMS Job Board has proven to be a very successful endeavor for our practice.  The ad was posted on the webside two weeks ago and we have just hired a new employee with experience which is perfectly matched to the job description. Thank you again for taking the search out of our hands and for the positive outcome."


Becky Slaughter

Office Manager

Mountain Kidney & Hypertension Assoc., P.A



Click here for the complete list of job postings on our website.    


Classified Ads


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Why Join the Western Carolina Medical Society? 


WCMS is a thriving 900-plus member professional association of the physicians of western North Carolina and a chartered component medical society of the NC Medical Society and the AMA. The WCMS is an organization run by physicians for physicians.


Our Mission

The WCMS is the physicians' voice advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of the community.


Our Vision

To be a dynamic physician community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant Western North Carolina.


About WCMS   

The purpose of WCMS is:

  • To strengthen the voice of WNC physicians in advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of our region
  • To inform, educate and prepare physicians for rapidly occurring changes in health care at national, state, and local levels  
  • To share legislative and policy information and advocate on behalf of physicians in areas of mutual interest
  • To share available resources in areas of mutual interest
  • To promote physician-to-physician communication and dialogue in an open, honest and safe environment 

Click here for a complete listing of membership benefits.      


The Foundation is WCMS' non-profit, charitable arm. The Foundation is well-respected and nationally recognized for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to quality health care, disparities in health, and wellness and prevention for people in WNC. We are committed to involving both community AND physicians in this work.  


Our flagship program is Project Access, a comprehensive, volunteer primary and specialty physician network providing access to healthcare at no charge for low-income, uninsured residents. Another key program is the WNC Interpreter Network, which addresses disparities in health due to linguistic barriers.   


The archive of WCMS e-newsletters is available from the publications menu on our website at http://www.mywcms.org/News-and-Events/Weekly-E-Newsletter  Thank you for your interest in WCMS. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me or any one of our courteous, professional staff.


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director