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 The Weekly e-News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 
     

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October 3, 2012

In This Issue:
Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA - Sponsor Message
Maimonides Society Program
RSVP now for the Newcomers' Picnic
Women In Medicine...October Social
Registration open for 2012 WCMS Fall Conference
Henderson County Providers Attend Chronic Pain Event
2013 Membership Dues sent
Sawbones Team Commands Victory in 31-25 Win Against Jawbones
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital to seek affiliation with Mission Health
Invitation from Asheville Anesthesia Associates to a reception for Congressional candidate Mark Meadows
Contact your US representative and senators about SGR
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 
Maimonides Society Program Teaching about breast mammography in underserved regions (10/7)
For information about this Western North Carolina Maimonides Society Education Benefit Luncheon go to our website. Please RSVP by October 4.

Annual Newcomers' Picnic (10/14)
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
Claxton Farm
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 Here!

Women In Medicine October Social (10/18)
All women physicians are invited to join us for hors d'oeuvres, wine and discussion at the next Women in Medicine social on Thursday, October 18th at the country home of Dr. Shannon Hunter in Canton (Just over the Haywood County line). The topic for the October social will be "Many Hands Make Light Work - Growing Women Leaders in Medicine in WNC." Click here to RSVP.
2012 WCMS Fall Conference - Register Now! (11/14)
Physicians, please inform your practice administrators and staff that registration is now open for the 2012 WCMS Fall Conference held on Wednesday, November 14th from 8:00am - 4:30pm at MAHEC. Topics, speakers, fees and registration information can be found on our website.
LOCAL NEWS 

Henderson County Providers Attend Chronic Pain Event 

Over 60 providers attended the Henderson County provider forum for chronic pain "Prescribing For Pain: A Life or Death Practice?" on Wednesday, September 26th at Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock, NC. Go to our website to keep reading.  

It's time to re-MEMBER WCMS!

2013 WCMS membership renewal invoices have been mailed and are due by January 1, 2013. Secure and easy payment can be made online here.

 

WCMS appreciates your continue support. Because of you, we were able to accomplish several key goals this past year including:

  • Connecting key physician leaders and WNC legislators through our Physician Liaison Program in an effort to build strong relationships with legislators and to provide them with their own go-to physician for all healthcare related questions.
  • Co-hosting educational forums for physicians on hot topics such as the implications of the Supreme Court Ruling of the ACA and the issues surrounding Chronic Pain Management, prescribing of narcotics and substance abuse.
  • Starting a Women In Medicine Section of WCMS allowing the fastest-growing segment of physicians to network and lend support to one another in a relaxed and casual setting.
  • Providing a 10% discount on interpreter services to practices with 100% members through our WNC Interpreter Network (WIN).
For a full list of our member benefits click here

Sawbones Team Commands Victory in 31-25 Win Against Jawbones

 Physicians rule.  At least in 2012 as the mighty and smaller Sawbones team of physicians outplayed the attorneys, winning 31-25 in the grudge match at Carolina Day School this past Sunday. Continue reading.  

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital to seek affiliation with Mission Health

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, located between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers in Western North Carolina, has decided to pursue an affiliation with Mission Health. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital's Board of Directors ... Keep reading in the Mountain Xpress.

Invitation from Asheville Anesthesia Associates to a reception for Congressional candidate Mark Meadows

The physicians of Asheville Anesthesia Associates cordially invite you to meet candidate Mark Meadows to learn where he stands on issues important to the medical profession. Asheville Anesthesia is sponsoring a reception for candidate Mark Meadows on Tuesday, October 9 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Biltmore Forest Country Club.  No matter what your politics and who you think you might vote for, all candidates need to meet and hear from as many physicians as possible because they may end up being a part of your future.  As the saying goes, "If you are not at the table, you will be on the menu." Please RSVP to carolyn.duncan@ashevilleanesthesia.com.

 

If you are aware of other candidate receptions taking place, please let WCMS know and we will be glad to post for you.

NATIONAL NEWS 

Contact your US representative and senators about SGR!

Members of Congress may be primarily focused on their re-election campaigns, but they can't ignore another fast approaching deadline for the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Unless Congress acts, physicians again face a cut in Medicare reimbursement payments on Jan. 1.
This deadline and repeal of the SGR is just the first step towards the larger goal of comprehensive reform of the Medicare physician payment system. It's time to prepare Congress to act with a physician-led strategy on Medicare physician payment reform that:
  1. Stabilizes the Medicare program by repealing the SGR.
  2. Reflects the diversity of physician practices and provide opportunities for physicians to choose payment models that work for their patients, practice, specialty and region.
  3. Implements new systems in Medicare that refocus the delivery system away from a "one-size fits all" approach to one that promotes high quality and high value care.
  4. Adapts existing regulations that act as a barrier to reform, and integrate successful payment and delivery models being used in the private sector.
Physicians MUST lead the way on Medicare physician payment reform. Be an active part of this critical effort and call (800) 833-6354 or click here to email your members of Congress today.
ITEMS OF INTEREST  
Job Board

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

 

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

 

Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS): BC/BE Family Medicine Physician 

 

Internal Medicine Practice: Physician

 

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

Grove Park Estate For Sale

 

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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