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March 28, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Four Seasons - Sponsor Message
Save the Date- Doctors' Day
A 2012 Physician's Guide to Thriving, Prospering and Succeeding Under Healthcare Reform
Women in Medicine: Inaugural Social
Project Access is Improving its Screening/Enrollment Operations!
Happy National Doctor's Day from WCMS
WCMS Foundation 2012 Annual Campaign Launched!
Mission Health in Asheville and Park Ridge Surprised by Committee's Quick Action
Committee Leader Wants More Oversight of Mission Hospital
Commissioners Were Divided About Reviewing an Agreement Between Pardee & Mission Hospitals
Hendersonville-Pardee Hospital Video
Corrections to the 2012-2013 Physician Directory
In Court, Sharp Questions on Health Care Law's Mandate
Are You a Social Media Fan of the Medical Society?
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 

Save the Date- Doctors' Day 

Doctors Day

WCMS would be delighted to partner with any hospital in WNC interested in celebrating Doctor's Day. Please contact Donna Wiedrich at donna@mywcms.org for more information
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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.

Women in Medicine: Inaugural Social 

Women In Medicine 

LOCAL NEWS 
Project Access is Improving its Screening/Enrollment Operations!
Project Access® is making new and exciting changes on behalf of our physicians, patients, and community! Starting April 2nd all patients will only be screened and enrolled by Project Access® enrollment specialists to ensure continuity in the program. This new process will ensure the time and resources graciously donated by contributing physicians is disbursed efficiently and properly throughout our community. Expect to receive a copy of our updated patient referral form in the upcoming weeks that will accommodate our new process. The patient referral form will replace our current Project Access® letter of recommendation. Please review this new document and contact Project Access® with any questions or concerns. For more details and answers to commonly asked questions, please visit our website at  www.projectaccessonline.org. 
Happy National Doctor's Day from WCMS!


Take a listen to WCMS' radio spot about Doctor's Day! 
WCMS Foundation 2012 Annual Campaign Launched!
Our 2012 WCMS Annual Campaign launches this week and will run through May 10th.  We are appealing to our WCMS members through our new Physicians in Philanthropy Program to raise critical dollars for our Foundation's charitable programming and services- Project Access, WNC Interpreter Network, Minority Medical Mentoring Program, Charles Blair Health Parity Scholarship Fund, and Living Healthy Program.

Read more about the 2012 Campaign.  
Mission Health in Asheville and Park Ridge Surprised by Committee's Quick Action
"The chief executive of Mission Health System said Wednesday he was shocked by a state committee's recommendations, which he said would dramatically restrict his company's operations."

Read on.  
Committee Leader Wants More Oversight of Mission Hospital
Commissioners Were Divided About Reviewing an Agreement Between Pardee & Mission Hospitals
Hendersonville-Pardee Hospital
Six residents talk about their rural training experiences through the Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Pardee Hospital.

Watch video.  
Corrections to the 2012-2013 Physician Directory
Please make note of these corrections.   
NATIONAL NEWS 

In Court, Sharp Questions on Health Care Law's Mandate

Skeptical questions for an administration lawyer from four of the Supreme Court justices suggested that a 5-to-4 decision to strike down the Affordable Care Act was a live possibility.

Read article.  
ITEMS OF INTEREST

Are You a Social Media Fan of the Medical Society?

Join us on  Facebook and Twitter to receive WCMS and healthcare news as it happens, to interact with your fellow members and to get the scoop on all the events we put on to provide fun, education and collegiality!

 

Did you know that the WCMS also has a brand new website? Click here to check it out.  

Job Board

Clinical Supervisor LPN- Asheville Family Health Center  

 

Practice Manager- Family Practice

 

Director of Operations- Practice Management Company

 

Medical Assistant- Three Streams FHC  

 

Clinical Lead Coordinator LPN- The Family Health Centers 

 

   

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

Beautiful Office Space Ready for Occupancy! 

        

 

Click here for the complete list of classified ads on our website.    

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