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July 25, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
OneWhoServes- Sponsor Message
Women's Golf Tournament to benefit WCMS
Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon
MAHEC Invites Physicians to Transgender Health Summit
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012- Recruiting Players!
Recording of July 19th Healthcare Reform Seminar Available
Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision on Health Care Reform
Mission Health Names Steven Crane as its New Medical Director of Primary Care
The Physicians' Voice in the News
The Affordable Care Act Stays, State Decisions Pending
BCBSNC and Wilmington Health Announce Accountable Care Collaboration
Medicaid: Where Each State Stands on the Medicaid Expansion
A Formula for Cutting Health Costs
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 

Women's Golf Tournament to benefit WCMS 

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. Ladies: Come and play in the tournament.  Call us now at 828-274-2267 x311
    Rumbling Bald Golf Course
    Rumbling Bald Resort, Lake Lure
  2. Everyone: Purchase and sell raffle tickets for a Rumbling Bald Golf Vacation.  Tickets are only $5.00Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

Learn more about the tournament here.

 
 Sincerely,
Latrella 
Latrella McElrath, WCMS Development Council Member


Sponsored by:
Asheville Breast Center Wells Fargo Grove Park Inn   BMW of Asheville
Asheville Hematology & Oncology  |  Sophie  |  Arby's  |  Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA  | 
First Citizens Bank  |  Hope Women's Cancer Centers 
Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon
Click here for the August invitation.
MAHEC Invites Physicians to Transgender Health Summit

Southeastern Transgender Health Summit  

MAHEC Biltmore Campus 

 

This innovative two-day educational event on August 24-25 will be preceded by a pre-conference faculty reception and film viewing followed by discussion on the evening of August 23. The pre-conference is free, but registration is required. The Friday-Saturday educational sessions will provide a collaborative learning environment for healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, human resource professionals, transgender individuals and other interested community partners. The primary purpose of the summit is to provide accurate, evidence-based information to physicians and other providers who care for transgender persons. Conference presentations will focus on transgender health issues across the lifespan. For non-clinicians, there will be additional tracks specific to human resources and workplace policy issues, as well as a track for interested community members. For more information and to register, please click here.

Sawbones vs Jawbones Announces Player Roster for 2012- Recruiting Still Underway 

Drs. Mark Hedrick, Captain; David May, Ed Diez, James Andrews, Pete Mangone, Brian Cohen, Mark Jaben, Mike Lecroy, Brooks Stewart and David Graham have been announced as members of your Sawbones team. The roster is not yet filled. 2011 SvJ

 

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.

Respond ASAP; Roster will be set by August 1st!!

2012 Sawbones vs Jawbones Game
When: Sunday, September 30th
Where: Carolina Day School
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012
LOCAL NEWS 
Recording of July 19th Healthcare Reform Seminar Available 

Last Thursday (July 19) WCMS partnered with MAHEC, Van Winkle Law Health Care Reform Seminar Firm, and JPS for the first presentation in the Health Care Reform Seminar Series. This event titled The Supreme Court Ruling: Health Care Reform Survives & What It Means for Your Practice was held at MAHEC with 88 medical providers and their staff in attendance. Due to limited seating the event was also made available via live streaming. Presenters included Carolyn Coward, an Attorney with Van Winkle Law Firm, Terri Roberts, EHR Practice Support Coordinator with MAHEC, and Mary Williams Matthews, V.P. of Healthcare Services with Johnson Price and Sprinkle, PA. Upcoming seminars will be held at MAHEC on Wednesday, September 12, Thursday, October 11, and Thursday, November 8, 2012. An online video recording of the seminar has been made available.  Click Here.

Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision on Health Care Reform

Read the opinion and implications by Carolyn L. Coward, J.D.

Mission Health Names Steven Crane as its New Medical Director of Primary Care 
Read the article.
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: "Pale is the New Tan" by Dr. Elise Rackoff
  


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

STATE NEWS 

The Affordable Care Act Stays, State Decisions Pending 

BCBSNC and Wilmington Health Announce Accountable Care Collaboration 

ITEMS OF INTEREST 

Medicaid: Where Each State Stands on the Medicaid Expansion 

A Formula for Cutting Health Costs 

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