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October 24, 2012

In This Issue:
Integrated Care Workshop
WCMS Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon
Meaningful...Use Stage 2 Final Rule - What You Need to Know Now!
Primary Care Summit
2012 WCMS Fall Conference - Register Now!
Advocacy Training For Healthcare Professionals
WCMS Candidate Questionnaire Responses
Let's get together: WNC hospitals face financial pressures to merge
WCMS "The Physicians' Voice" series in newspapers and on the radio around WNC
WIN Provides Professional Medical Interpreters to LEP/Deaf Patients in the Region
WCMS Board Member ties for 'Best of WNC 2012'
Call for Articles and Announcements from WCMS Physicians for Winter Bulletin
Ten Tips on Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule
Job Board & Classifieds

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 
Integrated Care Workshop at MAHEC (10/29)

Download PDF.

 

WCMS Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon (11/8)

Emeritus members mark your calendars! The next Emeritus Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 8th at the DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel from 11:30am-1:00pm. The speaker will be Dr. Cindy Brown, WCMS Association President who will present on the state of the Society. Please note that invitations to this event, along with invitations to join the Emeritus Chapter, have gone out this week.

Meaningful  Use Stage 2 Final Rule - What You Need to Know Now! (11/8)

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule - What You Need to Know Now! 

MAHEC

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.  

 

Primary Care Summit (11/10)

Primary Care Summit

MAHEC

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Click here to view invitation by President/CEO of Mission Health Ron Paulus, MD.

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.

Advocacy Training For Healthcare Professionals (11/28)
Advocacy Training For Healthcare Professionals
The NC Academy of Family Physicians Annual Winter Meeting
Grove Park Inn
November 28th, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  
See flier for more information. 
LOCAL NEWS 

WCMS Candidate Questionnaire Responses 

We have sent questionnaires to all WNC legislators. We hope their responses help you make a more educated decision at the polls. Click here to see which candidates have responded to date.  We will post new responses as they come in so be sure to check back frequently and if you don't see responses from key legislators, call them and urge them to send in their responses. If they have questions please direct them to Donna Wiedrich, Director of Member Services at donna@mywcms.org.  

Let's get together: WNC hospitals face financial pressures to merge  

Read article in the Mountain Xpress.

WCMS "The Physicians' Voice" series in newspapers and on the radio around WNC

Listen to The Physician's Voice radio ad by Edward Lewis, MD

 

Read Menopause made easier armed with information by Lydia Jeffries, MD, The Physicians Voice in the Hendersonville Times-News 

 

Read Get the facts about breast cancer by Sesalie Smathers, MD, The Physicians Voice in the Mountain Xpress

WIN Provides Professional Medical Interpreters to LEP/Deaf Patients in the Region 

WIN, The WNC Interpreter Network, a program of the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation, provides professional medical interpreters to patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) as well as deaf patients who speak American Sign Language (ASL) on a 24/7 basis throughout the Western North Carolina region. Continue reading article in the Mountaineer.

WCMS Board Member, David 'Gus' Vickery, MD, ties for 'Best of WNC 2012' 

David 'Gus' Vickery, MD, with Vickery Family Medicine tied for 1st Place in the Personal Services: Physician category in the Best of WNC 2012 in the Mountain Xpress. See link.

Call for Articles and Announcements from WCMS Physicians for Winter Bulletin 

WCMS is requesting announcements on personal and practice announcements, honors, accomplishments, published articles or white papers you would like to share with fellow WCMS members. Please provide this information to Miriam Schwarz no later than November 8th at 5pm.  Send to Miriam@mywcms.org.

ITEMS OF INTEREST  

Ten Tips on Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule

BACKGROUND: Meaningful Use is already part of the everyday vernacular of most medical practices. Enacted as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the program allows Eligible Providers (EPs) who purchase a certified EHR system and use it to collect and use information in a certain way to apply for either a Medicare or Medicaid financial incentive. The MU program has three stages. Many physicians have already attested for Stage 1 and received ... Continue reading article by Margie Satinsky, Satinsky Consulting, LLC.   
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Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS): Chief Executive Officer 

 

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

 

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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