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July 3, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
WNC Interpreter Network- Sponsor Message
Join Our Presentation on the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform
Win Rumbling Bald Resort Getaway...at Lake Lure...as part of the WCMS Women's Golf Tournament
WCMS Encourages Congress to Address Ongoing Healthcare Delivery Challenges
Ron Paulus on Health Care Reform
Call for Articles and Announcements from WCMS Physicians for Summer Bulletin
Don't Call It a Mandate- it's a Tax
Court Holds that States Have Choice Whether to Join Medicaid Expansion
WCMS Endorsed Vendor Program Update
Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga for Female Physicians
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 

Join Our Presentation on the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform 

Event on July 19.  Download invitation.

Win Rumbling Bald Resort Getaway at Lake Lure as part of the WCMS Women's Golf Tournament - NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN!

1st Prize: Rumbling Bald Resort Getaway at Lake Lure
 
2nd Prize: Two Night Stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
 Rumbling Bald Golf Course
For details and to purchase your $5 raffle ticket click here.

 

There will also be a silent auction the evening of the event.  Auction items include jewelry, home décor, golf foursomes and dermatology services with many more to come! Consider donating an item for raffle/auction.  You'll receive a tax deduction and help out a great cause! 

 

Limited Physician Spots Still Available for August 7th 9 hole Golf Tournament Benefitting Project Access®  at Grove Park Inn Golf Club. For more information about the tournament, how you can play, or to donate a silent auction item click here.

Sponsored by:
Asheville Breast Center   Wells Fargo 
Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA  |  First Citizens Bank 
LOCAL NEWS 
WCMS Encourages Congress to Address Ongoing Healthcare Delivery Challenges 
Read Article.
Ron Paulus on Health Care Reform: "This is the beginning of a story, not the end" 
Read Article from Mountain Xpress.
Call for Articles and Announcements from WCMS Physicians for Summer Bulletin 
WCMS is requesting announcements on personal and practice honors, accomplishments, published articles or white papers you would like to share with fellow WCMS members. Please provide this information to Miriam Schwarz no later than Monday, July 9 at 5pm.  Send to Miriam@mywcms.org.
NATIONAL NEWS 

Don't Call It a Mandate- it's a Tax 

"Moving away from the political, and back to the legal, the Court majority's tax discussion does leave something of a cloud over how effective this enforcement technique will be, in terms of inducing people to buying health insurance.   Even the Obama Administration's lawyers had conceded - and the Chief Justice's opinion carefully takes note of it - that "if one chooses to pay [the tax] rather than obtain health insurance, they have fully complied with the law."  That concession, alone, may be the most revealing about how the mandate really is not a guarantor of a sharp upswing in business for health insurers."

 

Read more

Court Holds that States Have Choice Whether to Join Medicaid Expansion 

ITEMS OF INTEREST 

WCMS Endorsed Vendor Program Update 

Click here to view list.  

Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga for Female Physicians 

Job Board

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