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June 20, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
OneWhoServes - Sponsor Message
Asheville Breast Center Announced as Presenting Sponsor of WCMS Women's Golf Tournament
Advocating for Public Health -Dr. Olson Huff hasn't slowed down in retirement
WNC Data Link Celebrates 6 Years of Improved Patient Outcomes
WCMS - New Director of Foundation Programs Announced
Have you renewed your membership for 2012?
Your Donation to Project Access Has A Huge Multiplier Effect
Women In Medicine Meets Again
North Carolina Bills That Moved This Week
CMS to reconsider rule requiring hospital boards to include medical staff
Second edition of how-to manual published on new delivery models
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 

Asheville Breast Center Announced as Presenting Sponsor of WCMS Women's Golf Tournament in Conjunction with the Executive Women's Golf Association of Asheville

Asheville Breast Center has been announced as the Presenting Sponsor for Women's Golf Tournament benefitting the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation taking place on Tuesday, August 7th 5:30pm at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club, 290 Macon Ave in Asheville.  This 9-hole event is hosted by the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA). The WCMS Foundation is the charity recipient of this year's tournament. Read more.  
 

Click here for more information about the tournament.

LOCAL NEWS 
Advocating for Public Health - Dr. Olson Huff hasn't slowed down in retirement
For Black Mountain resident and retired pediatrician Olson Huff, the link between medicine and advocacy is obvious.
 
"You believe in people being healthy and then you want each person you come in contact with to have good health," he said. "Then you begin to see how each aspect of their world affects health. So you can't ignore certain issues and aspects.

Read the article by Asheville Citizen-Times. 
Western North Carolina Data Link Celebrates 6 Years of Improved Patient Outcomes

WNC Data Link, based in Asheville, N.C. celebrates its 6th anniversary of sharing data through the MEDSEEK-powered health information exchange (HIE) this year, which makes it one of the most mature health information exchanges in the nation, and the system continues to improve care coordination and patient outcomes and reduce costs to both patients and providers by mitigating the number of duplicate tests and procedures. Continue reading.  

New Director of Foundation Programs of the Western Carolina Medical Society Announced.
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Sharon Lewis, of Asheville, was recently announced as the new Director of Foundation Programs of the Western Carolina Medical Society by CEO Miriam Schwarz. Sharon Lewis has more than 30 years of experience as an organization development consultant, human resources executive, clinical psychologist and operating manager.

Read the article in the Mountaineer.
Have you renewed your membership for 2012?
Attention Members!
 
Have you renewed your membership for 2012?  Dues payments were due on January 1, 2012 however we know you are very busy and we want to make sure you have not overlooked your invoice. You should have received a letter in the mail recently reminding you that we have not received your payment.  You will also receive an email this week with a link to our online payment option for your convenience.  If we still have not received your dues payment by next week we will give you a courtesy call.  Please note that all unpaid memberships will be terminated on July 1. We hope you will remain a member of WCMS and continue to receive the many outstanding benefits we offer to WNC physicians.  For a list of our benefits click here.
 
We look forward to serving you as a valued WCMS member!
 
Your Donation to Project Access Has A Huge Multiplier Effect
Physicians, did you know that your participation in Project Access has a multiplier effect for your PA-eligible patients? That's right, when a Project Access patient is put on a treatment plan by their physician, you can be assured that they will be able to access all of the other services they'll need to become healthy again, including hospital stays, prescription medications, labs, x-rays, and durable medical equipment. So, you're not just donating your time and expert care, but also the time and expert care of a whole team of physicians and other medical providers!
Women In Medicine Meets Again
Fifteen physicians enjoyed the 2nd Women In Medicine social on Thursday, June 14th at the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade, downtown Asheville. 
STATE NEWS 
From NCMS: North Carolina Bills That Moved This Week
NATIONAL NEWS 
CMS to reconsider rule requiring hospital boards to include medical staff
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
Second edition of how-to manual published on new delivery models 
The AMA's Private Sector Advocacy unit has published the second edition of its resource, "ACOs, CO-OPs and other options: A 'how-to' manual for physicians navigating a post-health reform world." This new edition is updated to reflect changes in public and private sectors, including the regulatory updates for the Medicare Shared Savings and CO-OP programs. It also includes a new chapter, "Retaining independence while embracing accountability: Care coordination and integration strategies for small physician practices." Visit www.ama-assn.org/go/aco to access the second edition of "ACOs, CO-OPs and other options."
Job Board

Staff Accountant- Asheville Anesthesia Associates  

 

BC/BE Family Medicine Physician- Blue Ridge Community Health Services  

  

Administrative Assistant- Dermatology of North Asheville

 

Medical Assistant (Full and Part-Time) - Dermatology of North Asheville

 

Certified Medical Assistant - Three Streams FHC

 

RN or LPN - Three Streams FHC

 

Has your practice or business had good luck finding the right candidate using our Job Board? Tell us about it, and we'll add your testimonial to our website!     

 

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,Miriam Schwarz, CEO
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director