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November 7, 2012

In This Issue:
WCMS Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon
Meaningful...Use Stage 2 Final Rule - What You Need to Know Now!
Primary Care Summit
2012 WCMS Fall Conference
Buncombe County Commissioners - results post election
Tort Law Tied to Fall in Malpractice Rates
Preliminary N.C. Election Results for our region
Obama Wins - ACS Expected to Continue
Recovery Audits: Prepare Your Practice for the Fight
New resources on care coordination, patient communication, and more
New Marketing Products for 2013
The Physician's Accountable Care Toolkit
Job Board & Classifieds


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! 


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)

Western North Carolina Primary Care Summit
Saturday, November 10, 2012


The inaugural Western North Carolina Primary Care Summit will be a first-of-its-kind forum to give primary care physicians and advanced practitioners the opportunity to be part of a discussion about driving change in the industry.
It will also provide an opportunity to hear how healthcare reform is already impacting our region, changes yet to come and how other parts of the nation are adapting to this new environment.


The goal is to share ideas about how primary care providers and other healthcare providers can begin working more collaboratively to achieve the Triple Aim of improved patient outcomes, superior patient experience and lower overall healthcare costs for our region.


For more information and to register, please visit:



2012 WCMS Fall Conference - Next week! (11/14)

2012 FC Tree IconDon't miss this year's WCMS Fall Conference held next Wednesday, November 14th from 8:00am - 4:30pm at MAHEC. Now that the election is over, and the ACA stands, you'll hear from Attorney Carolyn Coward on how you can Master the ACA: Boost Your Career! Go to our website for other presentations, times, and registration information.


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Buncombe County Commissioners - results post election 

Republicans narrowly wrested control of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners from Democrats, according to complete but unofficial returns Tuesday, winning four seats on what will become a seven-member board.

Republicans Joe Belcher and David King won in District 3, which takes in southern and western parts of the county, while the GOP's Mike Fryar and Christina Merrill took the two District 2 seats by very tight margins. David Gantt easily won his bid for a second term as chairman by defeating Republican J.B. Howard. Democrats Holly Jones and Brownie Newman won the two seats representing District 1 by wide margins. 


Tort Law Tied to Fall in Malpractice Rates

Rates for medical malpractice insurance have been in decline for five years, and a year-old state law that slapped restrictions on lawsuits is being credited with taking them down further. Read more online at Triangle Business Journal. 

Preliminary N.C. Election Results for our region
November 7, 2012- Just After Midnight!

As of midnight on Election Night, here is what we know from unofficial, preliminary election results in North Carolina:

  • Governor: Republican Pat McCrory defeated Democratic Lt. Governor Walter Dalton for Governor with 54.7% of the vote, an eleven-and-a-half point margin. 
  • U.S. House for WNC Districts: Republicans Mark Meadows (U.S. House 11) and Patrick McHenry (U.S. House 10) won the open seat races. 
  • NC Senate and House results for WNC Districts (source: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/42923/110329/Web01/en/summary.html).
    -Senate District 46, Warren Daniel (R); District 47, Ralph   Hise (R); District 48, Tom Apodaca (R) ran unopposed; District 49, Martin Nesbitt (D); District 50, Jim Davis (R).
    -House District 84, Rena Turner (R); District 85, Mitch Gillespie (R); District 112, Mike Hager (R); District 113, Chris Whitmire (R); District 114, Susan Fisher (D) ran unopposed; District 115, Nathan Ramsey (R); District 116, Tim Moffitt; District 117, Chuck McGrady (R) ran unopposed; District 118, Michelle Presnell (R); District 119, Joe Sam Queen (D).

Obama Wins - ACA Expected to Continue

President Obama has been re-elected and implementation of the Affordable Care Act is expected to continue as scheduled, according to health policy observers. Opponents of the law will face long odds to repeal the ACA, because Democrats maintained a majority in the Senate. However, some Republican governors have continued to say they will not enact key components of the law. The Obama administration this week is expected to begin issuing a backlog of rules and regulations regarding ACA implementation. Meanwhile, the Obama administration likely will have to act immediately to avoid mandated spending cuts under sequestration -- including to Medicare provider payments. (Sources: The Hill's "Healthwatch," 11/6; The Hill's "Healthwatch," 11/6; Kaiser Health News, 11/7; Modern Healthcare, 11/7; National Journal, 11/6 [Subscription Required]; Politico, 11/7; Politico, 11/7; Politico, 11/6; Reuters, 11/7; Wall Street Journal, 11/6; Wall Street Journal, 11/6) 


Recovery Audits: Prepare Your Practice for the Fight!

CMS, OIG and many other government agencies are actively pursuing healthcare fraud to prevent overpayments. This article provides background and RAC recovery statistics, types of RAC audits and more.

New resources on care coordination, patient communication, and more

Go to our website for list of resources. 

New Marketing Products for 2013!

Western Carolina Medical Society Announces new marketing products to add to its growing list of online advertising opportunities to promote your business, practice, products and services to our WCMS members and our many website visitors. See full list of products.

Hot off the Press from North Carolina's "Toward Accountable Care" Consortium! The Physician's
Accountable Care Toolkitę 

Preparing Medicine for the Approaching Accountable Care Era. Arm yourself with knowledge and confidence as you consider joining or forming an ACO. Download toolkit

Job Board

BRCHS: BC/BE Family Medicine Physician 

MAHEC: Registered Nurse - Lead


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