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 The Weekly Electronic News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 
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February 22, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Johnson Price Sprinkle - Sponsor Message
Quick Physician Poll
Educational Forum- March 15
Clean Air Carolina- March 7
Save the Date- Doctors' Day
Read About WCMS 2011 Accomplishments & 2012 Strategies
GA Committee Pushes for More Detailed Study of Mission Compliance
Legislators Ponder Hospital Regulation Update
County Holds Up Approval of MedWest Collateral
Details of SGR Deal Released
Job Board & Classifieds


Quick Physician Poll
Are you using a mobile device (smartphone, tablet) for accessing and managing medical information?

Answer here.  

Educational Forum- March 15 

Educational Forum
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Clear Air Carolina- March 7 

 Submitted by Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, BCDH Medical Director
Clean Air Carolina

Save the Date- Doctors' Day 

Doctors Day
Read About WCMS 2011 Accomplishments & 2012 Strategies
GA Committee Pushes for More Detailed Study of Mission Compliance
Read the article.
Legislators Ponder Hospital Regulation Update
Read the article.
County Holds Up Approval of MedWest Collateral
Read the article.
Details of SGR Deal Released
Federal lawmakers on Thursday agreed on a payroll tax holiday bill that would prevent a 27.4% cut in Medicare physician payment rates scheduled for March 1 and would freeze current payment rates through Dec. 31, 2012. The provision also requires that the Government Accountability Office and HHS submit reports to help Congress develop a long-term replacement of the existing Medicare physician payment system.

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Job Board

Clinical Team Member- Carlina Centers for Advance Management of Pain 



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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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