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 The Weekly e-News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 




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October 17, 2012

In This Issue:
Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA - Sponsor Message
Women In Medicine Social tomorrow
Meaningful...Use Stage 2 Final Rule
2012 WCMS Fall Conference - Register Now!
Mission Hospital Chief Medical Officer Expands Role
WCMS Launches Tools & Tips Blog
WCMS welcomes newcomer physicians and families to WNC
Contact your US representative and senators about SGR
From the AMA: Innovator Committee publishes payment reform paper
New Documentary Details Fight to Rescue American Healthcares
10 reasons for physician burnout
Job Board & Classifieds


Women In Medicine Social tomorrow (10/18)
All women physicians are invited to join us for the next Women in Medicine tomorrow night, October 18th, for hors d'oeuvres, wine and discussion at 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.
Meaningful  Use Stage 2 Final Rule - What You Need to Know Now! (11/8)


Thursday, November 8, 2012
6:15 - 8:15 pm

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 brought sweeping changes to healthcare delivery and payment including financial incentives for the meaningful use of health information technology.  Stage 2 of meaningful use is now final and medical practices need to begin planning for change in January 2014.  They will be required to provide the required quality data, achieve quality improvements in care and outcomes in order to receive maximum reimbursement and incentives. Available for web streaming and CME.
http://mahec.net/calendar/ enter keyword meaningful.   

2012 WCMS Fall Conference - Register Now! (11/14)

2012 FC Tree IconRegistration is now open for the 2012 WCMS Fall Conference held on Wednesday, November 14th from 8:00am - 4:30pm at MAHEC. This year's theme is Keep It Simple: Staying Underwhelmed in an Overwhelming Environment. Go to our website for topics/speakers, fees and registration information.


Mission Hospital Chief Medical Officer Expands Role

Read article at the Heraldonline.com.

WCMS Launches Tools & Tips Blog

This blog features tools and tips for practice management improvement! You can learn all kinds of important information here, contribute YOUR comments and ideas, and post questions for WCMS to research for you. We would like this web page to be highly interactive. Visit it often. Here's the first topic:

25 Steps in Defense of RAC Audits
Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) are on their Medicare payment recoupment mission. Here are twenty-five recommended proactive steps to circle the wagons and defend the RAC threat.


WCMS welcomes newcomer physicians and families to WNC

2012 Newcomers
Newcomer Families
 WCMS held its Annual Newcomers' Picnic last Sunday, October 14th at Claxton Farm with over 130 in attendance, including physician families, sponsors, and WCMS staff. A good time was had by all at the picturesque Weaverville countryside owned by retired physicians, Porter and Martha Claxton, who made a special guest appearance at the event. WCMS Association President Dr. Cindy Brown welcomed the Newcomers in attendance at this year's picnic: Drs. Annette Beyea, Brie Folkner, Brian Garvin, Thomas German, Tom Large, Josh Leitner, Rich Marlar and Nathan Rhodes - not in attendance but whose wife, Veena, came in his place. Entertainment included horse-drawn wagon rides, and live music by local Asheville country band, Deep River, with pumpkin decorating, face painting and tattoos for the little ones. A campfire complete with marshmallow roast and s'mores rounded out the evening. A special thanks to this year's Newcomers' Picnic Sponsors: Claxton Farm/M7, Mission Health, Mountain Sleep, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Van Winkle Law Firm, Gentiva Home Health, Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA, TD Bank, Parsec Financial, Financial Advisor Karen Clerici, and Medical Mutual. Practices sponsoring their Newcomer Physicians were Asheville Anesthesia Associates and Asheville Endocrinology Associates. Click here to see full list of 2012 Newcomers.



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.
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.

From the AMA: Innovator Committee publishes payment reform paper

"Physician Payment Reform: Early Innovators Share What They Have Learned" is a new resource developed by the AMA Innovators Committee, an advisory group of physicians with hands-on experience in the development and management of new delivery and payment models. It describes the
Innovators' own experiences in implementing value-based payment systems that reward high-quality, high-value patient care and offers practical guidance to physicians on how to customize models to their practice setting and service mix. This resource document and an earlier paper on delivery reform are accessible online

New Documentary Details Fight to Rescue American Healthcares

http://shar.es/5Q78x via @sharethis

10 reasons for physician burnout

Read article at KevinMD.
Job Board


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


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



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Classified Ads


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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