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 The Weekly e-News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 



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Because they fear a situation where they are unable to communicate.


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September 19, 2012

In This Issue:
Interpreter Services Can Save A Life
Chamber of Commerce Hosting Candidates Forum
WCMS collaborates with HCMS on Henderson County Chronic Pain Forum
Sawbones vs Jawbones
RSVP now for the Newcomers' Picnic
WestCare votes to dissolve hospital partnership
Mission COPA compliance reviewed
NCMS Joins Other Medical Societies in Urging Congress to Nullify 2 percent Medicare Sequester
NCQA Releases PCMH Educational Video for Primary Care Practices
Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Orientation
Job Board & Classifieds



Chamber of Commerce Hosting Candidates Forum Thursday (9/20) 

Get to know congressional and state candidates running for office. Senate and Congressional candidates have been invited to this event hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with North Carolina Chamber and the North Carolina Prosperity Project. Frank Fraboni of WLOS will moderate. The event will also be LIVE broadcasted on Independent Asheville Radio 1350 AM WZGM. See which candidates plan to attend.
WCMS collaborates with HCMS on Henderson County Chronic Pain Forum
The Henderson County Medical Society along with the Western Carolina Medical Society will be hosting a forum entitled Prescribing for Pain: A Life or Death Practice Med8.jpgon September 26th at the Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock. This event will give providers the opportunity to learn more about the prescription pain medication abuse issues in Western North Carolina, how to address the issues, and how providers can help create better outcomes for their chronic pain patients. Presentations will include state and local data, practice tools, and examples of practice formats from your local providers. If you are a physician practicing in Henderson County and would like more information about this event please visit our website.
Sponsored by: 
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Sawbones vs Jawbones - VIP Reception
Sawbones vs Jawbones 2012 Prior to this year's basketball game will be a VIP Tailgate Reception.  Enjoy good food, wine & beverages and live music by your WCMS colleagues Dr. Michael Boerner and his band Rattle and Dr. Roger Holland.  There's even a simultaneous Kids Zone that's free for all children in the family when adults purchase VIP Reception tickets. 

VIP Reception (Tailgate Party) VIP Reception
Sunday September 30th
Carolina Day School

Purchase your tickets now.

Click here for more details about the Reception, Kids Zone and basketball game.

Thanks to our Sponsors:
2012 Sponsors
Advanced Business Equipment  |  Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP  |  Drs. Chambers, Baechtold, Haldeman & Pratt, DDS, MS  |  First Citizens Bank  |  Roberts & Stevens, P.A. 
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!

WestCare votes to dissolve hospital partnership 

Read more via Smoky Mountain News.

Mission COPA compliance reviewed - Findings show compliance

Read article here in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

NCMS Joins Other Medical Societies in Urging Congress to Nullify 2 percent Medicare Sequester

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has joined over 100 other state and specialty medical societies in a letter calling on Congress to nullify the two percent Medicare cut required under the Budget Control Act of 2011. The letter emphasizes the cut could not come at a worse time. Continue reading.  

NCQA Releases PCMH Educational Video for Primary Care Practices  

Last month, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released an educational video to help primary care practices receive PCMH recognition. Continue reading.
Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Orientation
On Thursday September 20th from 6pm-9pm the Asheville Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will be holding a new volunteer orientation for persons interested in learning more about becoming Red Cross Disaster Volunteers. More information can be found on our website.
Job Board

Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS): Chief Executive Officer


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


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.    


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