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July 11, 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
Emeritus Summer Social- Tomorrow
Grove Park Inn Links Play and a Lake Lure Adventure to Benefit the WCMS Foundation
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012- Recruiting Players!
Have You Renewed Your WIN Interpreter Service Contract?
Message from Dr. Lisa Ladd at ABCCM
WCMS Awards Grant to WNC Healthy Kids for Community Health Initiative
WCMS Radio Spots- Take a Listen!
CMS Proposes Primary Care Raises Funded With Specialist Cuts
Medscape/WebMD Survey: Sharp Split Over Health Care Ruling
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.

Emeritus Summer Social 

The 2012 Emeritus Summer Social is tomorrow!  More information here

Grove Park Inn Links Play and a Lake Lure Adventure to Benefit the WCMS Foundation 

This year's Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) Asheville- Chapter Charity Women's Golf Tournament is on Tuesday, August 7, 5:30pm at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club and benefits the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation.  

 

How can you help?

  1. Come and play in the tournament.  Call us now at 828-274-2267 x311
    Rumbling Bald Golf Course
    Rumbling Bald Resort, Lake Lure
  2. Purchase and sell raffle tickets for a Rumbling Bald Golf Vacation.  Tickets are only $5.00Click here for more info and to buy tickets. 
  3. Support the silent auction the night of the event at Grove Park Inn Golf Club.  We will have some outstanding items.

Learn more about the tournament here.

 
 Sincerely,
Latrella 
Latrella McElrath, WCMS Development Council Member


Sponsored by:
Asheville Breast Center     Wells Fargo 
Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA  |  First Citizens Bank  |  Hope Women's Cancer Centers 
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012- Recruiting Players! 
In 2011, the Sawbones lost by only 1 point to the Jawbones in the yearly basketball showdown between local Physicians and Attorneys.  But 2012 is the physicians' year to take back the trophy and we're recruiting players now!
2011 SvJ
Respond ASAP; Roster will be set by August 1st!!

2012 Sawbones vs Jawbones Game
When: Sunday, September 30th
Where: Carolina Day School

Any physician interested in playing in the game, please contact Mark Hedrick at mhedrick@brbj.com or Alex Diez at alexdiez@bellsouth.net for more information.
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012
LOCAL NEWS 
Have You Renewed Your WIN Interpreter Service Contract? 

New and renewal contracts have been sent out to all WCMS members.  It costs nothing to have your  WIN Interpreter Service Plan in place-- just sign and return. Then, in the event you need our services, you will be interpreter ready for 18 foreign languages as well as American Sign Language.

 

If you don't have yours on your desk by this Friday, July 13th, email us at win@mywcms.org.

 

Please be sure to read the cover letter carefully as it will make you aware of important updates including your membership status and eligibility for special benefits and discounts for 100% Member Practices.

 

Click here for more information and to view our 100% Member Practices! 

Message from Dr. Lisa Ladd at ABCCM 

Thank You for your volunteerism to our communities' free clinic at the ABCCM Doctor's Medical Clinic. In 2011, the clinic provided medical and dental care to over 8,000 Asheville-Buncombe County uninsured residents and over $4.1 million worth of health care. We have some available evenings for you to volunteer over the next few months as noted here. Please consider coming to the clinic for an evening for as much time as you have available. As you know the need in our community is great, and our patients greatly appreciate your service.

WCMS Awards Grant to WNC Healthy Kids for Community Health Initiative 

The WCMS Foundation and Buncombe County Medical Society Alliance Endowment fund recently awarded a $4600 grant to WNC Healthy Kids to implement 5-2-1-Almost None! More information on this program can be found at: http://www.wnchealthykids.net  

 

Read the full article.

WCMS Radio Spots- Take a Listen! 
Our new WCMS radio spots, featuring Drs. Justin Parker and Robyn Latessa will start airing July 9th and run for a 4 week span on 96.5 The Mix. To hear the radio spots, click here.   NPR/WCQS underwriting spots for Haywood and Buncombe county areas will also start July 9th and run thru the 27th of July.   
NATIONAL NEWS 

CMS Proposes Primary Care Raises Funded With Specialist Cuts   

Medscape/WebMD Survey: Sharp Split Over Health Care Ruling

As did patients, doctors split right down the middle. Just over 49% approved of the Supreme Court's decision on the ACA. Just under 49% disapproved.

 

Even so, only 1 in 5 doctors believed the decision would lead to improved patient care. The rest said they didn't know or that it didn't apply to them.

 

Primary care doctors were most opposed to the decision, with 55.5% disapproving and 41.1% approving. Internists were the most in favor, with about 60% approving and 37.7% disapproving.

 

Some 34% of doctors would prefer a single-payer system. More than 25% of doctors said the health system could be improved by making it more market driven, and 24% of doctors think government should completely stay out of health care.

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST 

WCMS Endorsed Vendor Program Update 

Click here to view list.  

Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga for Female Physicians 

Job Board

Nurse Practitioner- Center for Rural Health Innovation  

 

 

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