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March 7, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Johnson Price Sprinkle - Sponsor Message
Cancelled- Air Toxics Program
Pain: It's Not Just a Four Letter Word!- March 15
Save the Date- Doctors' Day
A 2012 Physician's Guide to Thriving, Prospering and Succeeding Under Healthcare Reform
WCMS Annual Celebration- A Huge Success
Event Planned to Say Thanks to Your Physician on Doctor's Day
Endowment Grant Cycle Beginning
Palmetto GBA Undertakes Massive Service-Specific Audit of Physician Practices
Health Reform Hits Main Street
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 

Cancelled- Air Toxics Program  

"The dinner and talk on the Air Toxics Program that was sponsored by Clean Air Carolina and the Buncombe County Department of Health and scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, has been cancelled.  We apologize for the late notice.  If you are interested in more information on how you as a health professional can advocate for clean air in NC, please visit http://www.cleanaircarolina.org."

Educational Forum- March 15 

Educational Forum
Click here for more info and to register

Save the Date- Doctors' Day 

Doctors Day

A 2012 Physician's Guide to Thriving, Prospering and Succeeding Under Healthcare Reform  

The Van Winkle Law Firm will host a three part series on Health Care Reform for all WNC physicians featuring Clinical Integration, Developing and Expanding Opportunities Among Physician Practices, and Collaboration to Integration - Exploring the Spectrum of Physician/Hospital Relationships. Find out more. This educational opportunity is endorsed by the Western Carolina Medical Society.

LOCAL NEWS 
WCMS Annual Celebration- A Huge Success
Event Planned to Say Thanks to Your Physician on Doctor's Day
"The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and The Buncombe County Medical Society Alliance honors and thanks the physicians in the Buncombe County area at a special "DOCTORS' DAY" event on Thursday, March 29 from 6am to 10am in the lobby of Mission Hospital in Asheville."

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WCMS would be delighted to partner with other regional hospitals wishing to express thanks to their physicians.  Please contact Donna Wiedrich, Director of Member Services at donna@mywcms.org for more information.

Endowment Grant Cycle Beginning
The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and Buncombe County Medical Society Alliance (BCMSA) are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Endowment 2012 grant cycle. Click here for more information and to download the application. 
STATE NEWS 
Palmetto GBA Undertakes Massive Service-Specific Audit of Physician Practices
Palmetto GBA has issued letters to many physician practices as part of a Service-Specific Probe that every Medicare Administrative Contractor is required to conduct.

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

Health Reform Hits Main Street

Confused about how the health reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Learn more about how the health reform law will affect the health insurance coverage options for individuals, families and businesses with the interactive feature "Illustrating Health Reform: How Health Insurance Coverage Will Work."


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Job Board

Front Office Supervisor- Asheville Women's Medical Center

 

Phone/Scheduler- Asheville Women's Medical Center 

 

CRNA Scheduling Specialist- Asheville Anesthesia Associates

 

Research Scientist- ImmunogeniX

 

Medical Referral Coordinator- The Family Health Centers

 

Pharmacy Nurse- The Family Health Centers

 

Phlebotomist- The Family Health Centers

 

Director of Foundation Programs- Western Carolina Medical Society 

 

   

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.    

 

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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.

 



Sincerely,
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director