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August 8, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
Living Healthy- Sponsor Message
Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon
Women in Medicine August Social
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012- Recruiting Players!
Did You Know that MAHEC Residents Have Developed and Pledged to an Oath?
Announcing the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative: Understanding Value-Driven Health Care
Women's Golf Tournament a Fun Success!
Patients, Advocates Wary as NC Again Reforms Mental Health System
U.S. Officials Brace for Huge Task of Operating Health Exchanges
In 2011 Nearly One-Third of Physicians Said They Would Not Accept New Medicaid Patients, But Rising Fees May Help
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 
Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon
Click here for the August invitation.
Women in Medicine Social
Click here for information on the August 30th social.
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, David Graham and Mark Lenderman 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 in the beginning of August!!

2012 Sawbones vs Jawbones Game
When: Sunday, September 30th
Where: Carolina Day School
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012
LOCAL NEWS 
Did You Know that MAHEC Residents Have Developed and Pledged to an Oath? 

Click here to read the oath written by MAHEC residents from Family Medicine (Asheville and Hendersonville), OB/GYN and Dental. Take a minute to observe the insight and perspective our newest physicians in the region are displaying!

Announcing the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative: Understanding Value-Driven Health Care 

The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS), along with 24 other North Carolina medical societies and organizations, are committed to helping the medical community face the challenges of a changing health care environment. Together we are launching the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative for the purpose of providing the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to understand, participate in, navigate, lead, and succeed in a value-driven health care system.  Click here for more info. 

Women's Golf Tournament a Fun Success! 

Women's Golf Tournament On Tuesday, August 7, the Executive Women's Golf Association of Asheville in conjunction with the Western Carolina Medical Society held a Women's Golf Tournament presented by Asheville Breast Center at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club in Asheville. The tournament enjoyed a full field filled with fun, special prizes, raffles and delectables enjoyed by all.  All proceeds benefitted the charitable programs of the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation, including Project Access®. 

STATE NEWS 

Patients, Advocates Wary as NC Again Reforms Mental Health System 

NATIONAL NEWS 

U.S. Officials Brace for Huge Task of Operating Health Exchanges 

ITEMS OF INTEREST 

In 2011 Nearly One-Third of Physicians Said They Would Not Accept New Medicaid Patients, But Rising Fees May Help 

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