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April 18, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Deerfield Retirement Community - Sponsor Message
Women in Medicine: Inaugural Social
Shrimp Picnic 2012- Save the Date
Dr. Adams Resigns After 36 Years at Harris; says MedWest Should be Dissolved
Invitation to Join Transition Work Group
WCMS Board of Directors Approves New Legislative Advocacy Strategy
Early Voting Starts Tomorrow!
Accountable Care Gaining Momentum in North Carolina
Palmetto GBA to Begin Service-Specific Medical Review Audits
Caring- It's What We're About
Why Physicians Should Get Involved in Accountable Care
WCMS Endorsed Vendor Update
Are You a Social Media Fan of the Medical Society?
Job Board & Classifieds



Women in Medicine: Inaugural Social 

Women In Medicine  

RSVP Now! 

Shrimp Picnic 2012- Save the Date   

Shrimp Picnic 2012
Dr. Adams Resigns After 36 Years at Harris; says MedWest Should be Dissolved
Invitation to Join Transition Work Group

Are you interested in helping to improve the transition of youth with special health care needs from pediatric to adult medical homes? The Innovative Approaches grant project, Community Care of WNC, and the Western Carolina Medical Society are collaborating to address this issue. We are currently pursuing a pilot project to assist a pediatric practice implement transition processes that prepare all YSHCN for transition out of the pediatric setting.


The next step is to bring together interested adult primary care providers to explore ways to make it easier for YSHCN to find adult medical homes and to build community support for providers who accept these youth.


If you are interested in joining such a group to work with your peers to identify and address community challenges in order to better serve YSHCN, please contact:


Miriam Schwarz



828-274-2267 x312


For more background information, click here

WCMS Board of Directors Approves New Legislative Advocacy Strategy

WCMS strives to remain bipartisan and to serve as a vehicle for the distribution of healthcare related policy information to our members.  Through these efforts we encourage all physicians to educate themselves on the various issues facing their patients and the practice of medicine and become actively engaged in the legislative process.  Our legislative advocacy strategy includes...


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Early Voting Starts Tomorrow!

Early voting starts tomorrow, April 19th!  Modified, full-time, County Board offices will be open 5 days a week, so you can cast your vote early. If you haven't gotten any mail from your County Board of Elections recently, make sure you check the State Board of Elections website for your voter information. This will include your polling location, voter history, party affiliation, and your new precinct.  Your new precinct determines your polling location, which might have changed due to redistricting.  Also, you will find a link to view your districts and a sample ballot. Make sure you vote and encourage your family and colleagues to vote as well!

Accountable Care Gaining Momentum in North Carolina
Read the article from NCMS. 
Palmetto GBA to Begin Service-Specific Medical Review Audits
Read the article from NCMS. 

Caring- It's What We're About
INSPIRE by Reducing Health Disparity

"Before participating in MMMP, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in life. After completing such a great internship, I now know that I will work in the health care field so that I can give back to my community."  

Robert Underwood - 2011 intern

Join your fellow physician colleagues by becoming a Physician in Philanthropy and donating to the 2012 WCMS Foundation's Annual Campaign between now and May 10th.


Find out more of how you can help: http://mywcms.org/About/Annual-Campaign-2012/PIP 


Brent Jeffries, MD

President, WCMS Foundation Board


Cynthia Brown, MD

Chair, WCMS Association Board 

Why Physicians Should Get Involved in Accountable Care
Perrin Jones, MD, an anesthesiologist from Greenville, NC, shares the importance of moving to the next form of health care delivery: accountable care.


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WCMS Endorsed Vendor Update
Read the message from Advanced Data Network Solutions 
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

Supervisor Clinical Informatics 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

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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