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Senior living at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC, means delightful surroundings, activity-filled days and nights, an extensive list of amenities, and the peace of mind that comes with a full continuum of care. Life Care at Deerfield offers the security of knowing that financial assets are protected and preserved for our residents and their families, and they will never have to say good-bye to home and friends should their health care needs change.

 

Deerfield now accepts direct admissions into our newly expanded Assisted Living Center and the Skilled Nursing Center. For recuperative, long or short-term nursing care needs, the Deerfield Health Center provides residents with 24-hour care, accommodations, and services for skilled nursing. All areas of Health Services are under the direct supervision and responsibility of a licensed administrator, the Director of Health Care Services, and the Medical Director, a licensed physician, to assure quality care.


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For more information, contact:  

Linda L. Mechling, RN, NHA 
Director of Health & Wellness 
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community 
828-274-1531 ext: 3282 
 LMechling@deerfieldwnc.org 

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May 9, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Deerfield Retirement Community - Sponsor Message
Show Your Compassion Dine Around
Shrimp Picnic 2012
Think Pink- WCMS Is Seeking Women Physicians Who Golf
The Physicians' Voice in the News
Recognition of 100% Member Practices!
Doctors Take New Approach to Family Practice in the River Arts District
Mission Health Names Marc Westle Senior Vice President of Innovation
HHS Announces First Health Care Innovation Awards: Mountain Area Health Education Center is Awardee!
Get Paid for Counseling Your Patients About Their Tobacco Use
A Glimpse into our Future: Massachusetts Lawmakers Unveil Ambitious Plan to Cut Health Care Costs
Caring- It's What We're About- Halfway There!
WCMS Endorsed Vendor Update
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 
Show Your Compassion Dine Around
Dine out on at Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian restaurant on Wednesday, May 23 from 5:00pm - 9:00 pm and provide needed health care to our uninsured and low income population of Buncombe County.  10% of proceeds will benefit the WCMS Foundation.

Shrimp Picnic 2012- Save the Date

Be looking for your invitation in the mail!

Think Pink- WCMS Is Seeking Women Physicians Who Golf

A Women's 9- Hole Golf Tournament benefiting the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation has been set for Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30pm at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club.  

 

Do you play golf? If yes, we would like our WCMS women physicians to participate! Hit the links with fellow professional women and enjoy all of the fun, food and surprises that are planned!  

 

If your practice or employer may consider taking a sponsorship, please link here for further information. Some of the sponsorships have 2 players included in the packages. Otherwise, cost is $50 per player.   

 

For more information or questions e-mail kristina@mywcms.org.  

LOCAL NEWS 
The Physicians' Voice in the News

WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice" media presentations aimed to showcase to the general public our physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health.      

 

Here is the latest release: "Am I at Increased Risk for a Broken Bone?" by Dr. Kate Queen, Mountain Medical Associates | published in The Mountaineer 


You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.  

Recognition of 100% Member Practices!
With the rebranding and transition to the Western Carolina Medical Society complete, we would like to thank those practices who have made, or continue to make, 100% of their physicians members of WCMS. Click here for our new recognition program benefits and a list of our 100% member practices.
Doctors Take New Approach to Family Practice in the River Arts District
Read the article- "Asheville Doctors Open Family Practice with New Business Model: They Don't Accept Insurance".
Mission Health Names Marc Westle Senior Vice President of Innovation
HHS Announces First Health Care Innovation Awards: Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an Awardee!

Project Title:  "Regional integrated multi-disciplinary approach to prevent and treat chronic pain in North Carolina"
Geographic Reach: North Carolina
Funding Amount: $1,186,045
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $2.4 million
Summary:  The Mountain Area Health Education Center, serving 16 counties in Western North Carolina, is receiving an award to test team-based enhanced primary care for patients with chronic pain, whose treatment can be both costly and avoidably frequent. The target population for the test includes over 2,000 patients. The intervention will create multidisciplinary teams to provide enhanced primary care, using mid-level providers to co-manage care and providing counseling and medication management services. The result is expected to be better pain control, improved health, a reduction in the frequency of outpatient visits, and additional cost reductions arising from the use of mid-level providers with estimated savings of approximately $2.4 million. Over the three-year period, Mountain Area Health Education Center's program will train an estimated 390 health care workers and create an estimated 7.5 new jobs. These health workers will form multidisciplinary teams to provide enhanced primary care to patients with chronic pain in rural North Carolina.

Get Paid for Counseling Your Patients About Their Tobacco Use

By Jenni Mullendore, MD, Medical Director of Buncombe County Health Department

  • NC Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC, the NC State Employee Health Plan, and many private insurers now pay for evidence-based tobacco use cessation counseling (such as the 5As) on top of the standard E & M code.
  • An appropriate tobacco-related ICD-9 code, such as 305.1 (tobacco abuse), must be filed along with one of the following CPT codes:
  • 99406 - intermediate visit (3-10 minutes)
  • 99407 - intensive visit (> 10 minutes)
  • No modifier is required.
  • For a list of CPT and ICD-9 codes related to tobacco cessation counseling, visit www.askandact.org.
  • To learn more about the 5As of tobacco cessation and to access handouts & other cessation-related resources, visit  www.QuitlineNC.com and click on "For Medical Professionals."

If you have any questions or are interested in a training on the 5As for your medical clinic, please contact Karen Caldwell of Project ASSIST & the Buncombe County Department of Health at (828) 250-5048.  

NATIONAL NEWS 
A Glimpse into our Future: Massachusetts Lawmakers Unveil Ambitious Plan to Cut Health Care Costs
ITEMS OF INTEREST

Caring- It's What We're About- Halfway There!
We're Halfway to our Goal!  We Need Your Support to Reach $30,000 in the Next Two Weeks

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CONNECT
through WIN- WNC's Interpreter Network
 

"For the last few years, Interpretive Services at Mission Hospitals has been working very closely with WIN to help us provide excellent care to our Limited English Proficiency patients.  They have provided us with the resources we need for many languages and the service that we have received from WIN has been outstanding." 

- Lisbeth Hamilton, Mission Hospital

 

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

 

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

 

Brent Jeffries, MD

President, WCMS Foundation Board

 

Cynthia Brown, MD

Chair, WCMS Association Board 

WCMS Endorsed Vendor Update
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Job Board

Primary Care Physician- Three Streams FHC  

 

Quality Improvement and Health Information Technology Consultant- MAHEC CQI 

 

 

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

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