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 The Weekly e-News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 



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September 12, 2012

Here's what is happening in and around Western North Carolina:
In This Issue:
Interpreter Services Can Save A Life
CANCELED: Healthcare Leadership Series
Birthday Gala to Benefit Project Access®- Last Chance to RSVP
Sawbones vs Jawbones
RSVP now for the Newcomers' Picnic
The Physicians' Voice in the News
New AMA resource helps physician practices learn how to achieve and maintain a stellar reputation
Physician practices learn about budget-based payments, related risk and more in AMA's managed care
Job Board & Classifieds


CANCELED: Healthcare Leadership Series with MAHEC, Van Winkle Lawfirm, and Johnson Price & Sprinkle
All three sessions have been canceled: 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, and Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Applied Use of Practice Data for Improved Quality, Cost, and Reimbursement.
Birthday Gala to Benefit Project Access- Last Chance to RSVP!
Join us in helping Dr. Suzanne Landis celebrate her 60th Birthday. Click Here to view the invitation or RSVP now.  Deadline to RSVP is Monday Sept. 17th.

If you cannot attend but would like to donate to Project Access in honor of Dr. Landis, please click here
Sawbones vs Jawbones
Sawbones vs Jawbones presented by JPS Come watch your colleagues, physicians of Western North Carolina, engage in a high-spirited basketball game against local attorneys. In 2011, the Jawbones (attorneys) beat the Sawbones (physicians) by only one point.  Come cheer on your team to take back the trophy in 2012! 
The Sawbones vs. Jawbones game & event is on Sunday, September 30 at Carolina Day School. More details or purchase tickets.

View the 2012 Sawbones Roster
Annual Newcomers' Picnic
The Annual Newcomers' Picnic will be held this year at Claxton Farm on October 14, 2012 from 4-8:00pm. This is a FREE, fun-filled, family-friendly
2011 Newcomers
2011 Newcomer Families
afternoon that will include:
  • BBQ & Fixins'
  • Horse drawn wagon rides
  • Live music by Deep River
  • Beer & Wine
  • S'mores
  • Fun filled activities for the kids!
All WCMS physician members, BCMS Alliance members, and all physicians who are new to western North Carolina this year - and their families - are invited to attend! Register by October 1st!

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 in the Asheville Citizen-Times: "Accurate info, therapy can ease discomfort of menopause" by Dr. Lydia Jeffries.  
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website

New AMA resource helps physician practices learn how to achieve and maintain a stellar reputation among patients and potential patients

This guide offers physician practices steps to help ensure that the practice achieves and maintains an excellent reputation among patients, their friends and family, and other potential patients.

Physician practices learn about budget-based payments, related risk and more in AMA's managed care contracting webinar series 

Registration is open for each of the webinars in this series, held at 1 p.m. Eastern time (noon CST/11:00am MS./10:00am PST) on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, through March 2013. Click here for more information.

The previous webinar in the series, "Understanding budget-based payment systems," has been archived for on-demand viewing. The webinar's related issue brief is now also available on the AMA website.
Job Board

Asheville Family & Sports Medicine: Front Desk Receptionist/Medical Assistant


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


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director