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May 16, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
OneWhoServes - Sponsor Message
NC Health Information Exchange is Hitting the Road and Hosting a BUZZ Session in Asheville
Prevention & Screening for Prostate Cancer in 2012: Increased Detection vs Reduced Mortality
Show Your Compassion Dine Around
Shrimp Picnic 2012- RSVP by Monday!
Think Pink- WCMS Is Seeking Women Physicians Who Golf
The Physicians' Voice in the News
New Medicaid Card Creates Confusion
NCMS Legislative Cabinet Recommends 2012 Priorities
Overview: Proposed Federal Rules for Increased Medicaid Payment for Primary Care Providers
Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information
How Medical Societies Can Stay Relevant
Caring- It's What We're About
Job Board & Classifieds


NC Health Information Exchange is Hitting the Road and Hosting a BUZZ Session in Asheville

May 17: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. DoubleTree Inn, Asheville


Secure health information exchange between healthcare providers is a high priority initiative nationwide and in our state. Join us to learn how NC HIE promotes the access,exchange and analysis of health information to improve the quality of care patients receive and to help control medical costs.


Sessions will give an overview of the organization, its mission, structure and available data exchange solutions that facilitate patient centered care, clinical quality improvement and care coordination.  


Food will be provided.


RSVP today or visit www.nchie.org for more information. 
Prevention & Screening for Prostate Cancer in 2012: Increased Detection vs Reduced Mortality

A one-hour lunch and learn session with William J. Catalona, MD


Friday, May 18, 2012

Lunch: 11:15 - 11:45

Presentation: 12:00 - 1:00


For details and registration,www.mahec.net/calendar keyword: prostate

or call MAHEC Registration at 828-257-4475.  
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

RSVP by next Monday!  E-mail kristina@mywcms.org if you didn't receive your invitation in the mail or have any other questions.

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.  

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: "A Primer on PTSD Symptoms, Treatments" by Dr. Ken Leetz, published in BlueRidgeNow.com   

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

New Medicaid Card Creates Confusion- submitted by Western Highlands

Western Highlands is being inundated with calls from consumers and specialty provider offices due to the recent batch of Medicaid cards that was printed with the MCO- Western Highlands listed on the left hand side of the card. Consumers think Western Highlands is a primary care provider and want to schedule an appointment and specialty care providers are calling Western Highlands for referral numbers.


"Western Highlands is the MCO for Medicaid Behavioral Health services only, for providers under contract with us. We are not a PCP provider - you will find that information on the right side of your card.  If there is not one listed, you do not have to have a referral. We do not authorize, or pay claims for medical care. DSS, locally and at the state level have been advised. If you have questions, please call Recipient and Provider Services for the Division of Medical Assistance at (919) 855-4000."



NCMS Legislative Cabinet Recommends 2012 Priorities
Overview: Proposed Federal Rules for Increased Medicaid Payment for Primary Care Providers

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed language for implementing the Medicaid primary care rate increase under Section 1902(a)(13) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of the provision is to encourage physicians to participate in Medicaid, and thereby promote access to primary care services for current and new Medicaid beneficiaries to be served via coverage expansion in 2014. The proposed rule is intended to provide states with appropriate direction for implementing this provision within both managed care and fee-for-service delivery systems.


This fact sheet prepared by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) provides an initial overview of HHS' planned regulatory approach and briefly outlines next steps for states. It was developed through Leveraging the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase, a national initiative made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, with additional support from the New York State Health Foundation. Look for further analyses and tools from CHCS in the future to help states and other Medicaid stakeholders prepare for the rate increase


Read the Fact Sheet  

Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information

To help healthcare practitioners and their staffs better understand the roles of privacy and security in using electronic health records, HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer has posted a Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information.


View the guide. 


How Medical Societies Can Stay Relevant
Caring- It's What We're About
We're 70% to our Goal!  We Need Your Support to Reach $30,000 in the Next Two Weeks

Donate Now.

 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 

Job Board

Board Certified Physicians- Pardee Hospital 


Family Physician- Community Family Practice 


Quality Improvement and Health Information Technology Consultant- MAHEC CQI  


Demographic/Charge Entry Specialist- Medstream


Office Assistant- Medstream


Payer Credentialing Coordinator- Medstream



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.


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director