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February 1, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
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Sen. Apodaca Expects No Change to COPA, State's Oversight of Mission Hospital
MedWest Leadership Shuffle Gives Hospitals More Autonomy
AMA Action Alert: SGR Cuts Looming on March 1
Physician Directory- Correction
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HeartStrings Fundraiser in the News 

The annual Heartstrings fundraiser benefiting Project Access is set for Feb. 12 at the Asheville Mall.


Read the Asheville Citizen-Times article.  

Sen. Apodaca Expects No Change to COPA, State's Oversight of Mission Hospital  

Read the Mountain Xpress article.  

MedWest Leadership Shuffle Gives Hospitals More Autonomy 

Read the article.  

AMA Action Alert: SGR Cuts Looming on March 1 

Time is running out! Physicians face a cut in Medicare reimbursement payments on March 1 due to the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. How can you help send a powerful message to Congress to repeal the SGR?

Call Congress today at (800) 833-6354. Physicians need to ask their representative and senators: Are you prepared to repeal the SGR before March 1?

Every member of Congress must hear the message from physicians that passing another short-term fix to prevent a 27 percent Medicare payment cut before March 1 is not the fiscally responsible solution. Encourage them to support a conference committee report that includes full repeal of the SGR.

A congressional conference committee has started meeting to discuss solutions to the flawed SGR. Make your call today. Call (800) 833-6354.


Physician Directory- Correction 

Please make the following correction to your 2012-13 Physician Directory:

Asheville Cardiology Associates fax is (828) 274-6025


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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



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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.


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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.


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


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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 

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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