WCMS with tagline
 The Weekly E-News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 

Endorsed Vendor Programs

Learn more.

Discount Programs 

 Learn more.

Join Our Mailing List


Health Reform Info

Project Access

WNC Interpreter Network

Boards of Directors

More on WCMS

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

September 5, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue
September is Women In Medicine Month - Sponsor Message
MAHEC & Mission Neurosciences Invites Physicians to the 5th Biennial Stroke Conference
Healthcare Leadership Series
Birthday Gala to Benefit Project Access®
Sawbones vs Jawbones- Help the Auction!
RSVP now for the Newcomers' Picnic
Dr. Cargile's former practice to re-open
Primary Care + Behavioral Health "Information Sharing Form"
Victoria Urological Associates joins Mission Health
Physician Involvement in the ACOs - The Time is Now
Women in Medicine Section
An innovative solution improves healthcare delivery
Final Weeks of Congressional Recess
AMA Resources Available to Support Passage of Medicare 'Direct Contracting'
Job Board & Classifieds


MAHEC & Mission Neurosciences Invites Physicians to the 5th Biennial Stroke Conference: Technology: The Changing Landscape of Stroke Care

MAHEC Biltmore Campus


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. In 2008 alone, more than 133,000 Americans - or one person every four minutes-died from stroke, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.National, state and regional leaders in stroke care will discuss the impact of new technologies in the continuum of stroke care at the 5th Biennial Stroke Conference.  


Thursday September 13 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm includes dinner and a focus on primary and secondary prevention (2.25 AMA Category 1) Friday September 14 from 8:00 - 4:30 (6.0 AMA Category 1) includes topics in stroke acute care, rehabilitation, and tele-medicine.


For more information and to register, please click here. 

Healthcare Leadership Series with MAHEC, Van Winkle Lawfirm, and Johnson Price & Sprinkle!

Need help leading your practice successfully through healthcare reform?


Please remember that you may participate in these meetings two ways, in-person at MAHEC or by live web streaming from your own computer, but you must register either online or by filling out the attached brochure


Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Put Your (Fiscal) House in Order:
Understanding the Legal and Financial Components of High Performing Medical Organizations

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Are Bundled Payments Right For You? Evaluate Your Readiness and Learn How to Move Forward Successfully

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Applied Use of Practice Data for Improved Quality, Cost, and Reimbursement 


Birthday Gala to Benefit Project Access- Save the Date! 
Join us in helping Dr. Suzanne Landis celebrate her 60th Birthday. Click Here to view invitation.  
Sawbones vs Jawbones- Help the Auction!
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012 Do you have a beachhouse or timeshare?  What about tickets to a sporting event or theater?

Consider donating a trip, prize or other item to be used as part of our silent auction.  All donated items are tax deductible and benefit the charitable programs of the WCMS Foundation. 

For more information on donating items, click here

For more info on this year's Sawbones vs Jawbones basketball game, VIP Reception, Kids Zone, Silent Auction and more, go to mywcms.org/svj2012
Annual Newcomers' Picnic
Don't miss this year's Annual Newcomers' Picnic held on Sunday, October 14th at Claxton Farm in Weaverville! For more details and registration information Click Here.

Dr. Cargile's former practice to re-open

FamilyCare Home, the former practice of Dr. Leslie Cargile, will reopen in Black Mountain and Old Fort under Dr. Drew Schnyder. Read article in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Release of Primary Care + Behavioral Health "Information Sharing Form"

A communication form that will enable better collaboration between primary care and behavioral health providers has been developed by a team of local experts and parents*. For children who receive both services, team-based and coordinated care is essential. According to research by Dr. Savithri Nageswaran, caregivers of children with complex conditions "expressed the need for more information sharing and quality communication between providers". Click Here for more information.

Victoria Urological Associates joins Mission Health

Read Mountain Xpress article.

Physician Involvement in the ACOs - The Time is Now

Due to the unsustainable costs of health care, the movement toward accountable care with value based reimbursement is inevitable. There is a window of opportunity for the physician community to control its own destiny by developing fair, sustainable, and successful collaborative systems, frequently referred to as accountable care organizations (ACOs). Not being prepared and defaulting to the status quo through passivity, however, is also a choice that promises less access, lower quality, more work, and less compensation for physicians. The choice is clear. This article will provide a non-technical overview of ACOs and discuss the eight essential elements of a successful, sustainable ACO. Read full article by Julian D. ("Bo") Bobbitt, Jr., Esq., Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P., Raleigh, NC. 

Women in Medicine Section

On 8/30/12, 21 women physicians from WCMS met at the home of Dr. Susan Mims for conversation and to hear first hand from one of our pioneer women in Medicine, Dr. Roberta Rice, who entered medical school in 1943. Dr. Rice recounted her long career as a female physician in a male dominated world, first at a VA Hospital in the United States and then for over twenty years in Korea. The next WIM section will be held on October 18th at the home of Dr. Shannon Hunter, in Clyde, NC. The topic of discussion will be "Many Hands Make Light Work: Growing Women Leaders in Medicine in WNC." For Information about this, and future WIM events contact Nancy Caine at nancy@mywcms.org.

An innovative solution improves healthcare delivery

The topic of "healthcare innovation" often conjures up images of robots performing complex surgeries, doctors sharing medical records around the globe, or companies developing experimental drugs that eliminate chronic diseases. Continue reading this article in Asheville Citizen-Times.

Final Weeks of Congressional Recess, Work To-Do in 2012 

During these final weeks of the Congressional District Work Period, many physicians may have the opportunity to meet with or talk to their congressman or senators about the issues that remain unaddressed in Congress this year. Find out about topics. (Article by NCMS)

AMA Resources Available to Support Passage of Medicare 'Direct Contracting' 

Click Here for article by NCMS.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule Released-Summaries from AMA

For your information, documents developed by the AMA summarizing the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule can be found on the WCMS website.
Job Board

CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care: Physician and Nurse Practitioner


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
Home for Sale: Sunset Parkway

Click here for the complete list of classified ads on our website.    


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


We hope you enjoy our weekly e-newsletter. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,Miriam Schwarz, CEO


Miriam Schwarz signature


Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director