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March 6, 2013

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In This Issue:
Four Seasons Compassion For Life - Sponsor Message
New Omnibus HIPAA Privacy & Security Rule Seminar (Postponed until 3/13)
Eat & Educate (3/19, 11/12)
2013 Buncombe County Doctors' Day Celebration (3/21)
MAHEC PQRS Training (4/9)
Women In Medicine - April Social (4/18)
There is still time to donate to HeartStrings
Cutting Edge Blog: Learn about Innovative Practices
From the AMA: Federal Budget Sequestration
Insurance Rules Are Released
Obama Administration in Support of Medicaid Rate cuts
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads



New Omnibus HIPAA Privacy & Security Rule Seminar (Postponed until 3/13)

Date: March 13, 2013 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Location: The Carolina Cinema (SofaCinema) 

1640 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC 28803


There are still a few seats left for this event. Go to our website for details and registration information. 


NOTE: This event originally scheduled for 3/6 has been postponed until 3/13 due to the weather forecast. 

Eat & Educate (3/19, 11/12)


2013 Buncombe County  Doctors' Day Celebration (3/21)

All Buncombe County physicians are invited to join us on Thursday, March 21st between 6:00-10:00am in the main lobby of Mission Hospital for the 2013 Doctors' Day Celebration. Go to our website for details.  

MAHEC PQRS Training (4/9)

The Game is Changing Now: 

New Changes for 2013 and Strategies to Ensure Qualification
MAHEC Biltmore Campus

Tuesday, April 9, 2013



This event will provide a focused presentation of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) 2013 program changes. This workshop is intended for physicians, practice managers, case managers, health administrators, and those responsible for quality improvement in their respective care organizations. Public health administrators and providers, health plan administrators and health educators are also welcome.


Click here for more details and registration information.  

Women In Medicine - April Social (4/18)

Save The Date! The next Women In Medicine Social will be held on Thursday, April, 18th at the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar (Upstairs) at the Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville. Check on our website for updates about this event.   

There is still time to donate to HeartStrings

If you missed your workout to benefit the HeartStrings event last Saturday at the Asheville Racquet Club there is still time to support the Foundation's key fundraiser of the year benefitting Project Access® and the charitable programs of the Foundation. To date we have raised over $15,000 but we'd like to do better!  Project Access®, the WCMS Interpreter Network, and Living Healthy programs need your support. It's not too late! Click here for more information or here to donate now. 

New for physicians--Cutting Edge Blog: Learn about Innovative Practices 

The Cutting Edge is a WCMS healthcare innovations blog, highlighting WCMS physicians, practices and programs that are on the cutting edge of healthcare transformation. WCMS supports local physician members who are change agents by recognizing them and sharing among other WCMS members and the general community information about these local innovations


Check out the blog featuring Dr. Mark McNeill's practice, Trillium, and ask him questions! Click here: http://mywcms.org/Practice-Mgmt-Resources/CuttingEdgeBlog.aspx

From the AMA: Federal Budget Sequestration 

On Friday, March 1, the automatic sequestration of federal spending is scheduled to take effect. The sequester was originally set to begin on January 1, 2013, under provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which charged a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the so-called "super committee") with developing a plan to achieve $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts over 10 years to avert automatic, across-the-board cuts ... Keep reading

Insurance Rules Are Released 

HHS on Friday released final rules on how insurers can implement individual and group insurance market reforms under the Affordable Care Act. Insurers will be allowed to vary premiums within limits based on age, tobacco use, family size and geography, but not other factors such as pre-existing conditions, health status, claims history, gender or occupation. The rules also require that insurers provide young adults with low-cost catastrophic coverage plans and create a single, statewide risk pool for all higher-cost enrollees. Officials from America's Health Insurance Plans said the rules will lead to a steep and immediate increase in premiums for young adults. (Sources: The Hill's "Healthwatch," 2/22; The Hill's "Healthwatch," 2/22; MedPage Today, 2/23; Modern Healthcare, 2/22; Reuters, 2/22) 

Obama Administration in Support of Medicaid Rate cuts

The Obama administration in a brief filed yesterday in a California case over reductions to physician reimbursement rates in that state's Medicaid program said it supports states' rights to reduce their Medicaid reimbursement rates to rein in costs. The brief, filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, defends California's decision to reduce Medi-Cal payments for health care providers by 10%. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius approved the decision in October 2011 after determining that beneficiaries still would have "adequate access" to Medicaid services. Some supporters think the decision could entice GOP governors to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act because it provides a tool to control costs but opponents argue such cuts would reduce access to care for current and future beneficiaries. (Source: New York Times, 2/25)

Member Announcements 

Dr. Cindy Brown awarded by Western North Carolina Psychological Association


Are you a WCMS Member who is opening a new practice? Are you a 100% Member Practice who has hired a new physician? Send us your announcements and we will post them for you in our new Member Announcements section of Vital Signs to keep other members informed about what's happening in our WCMS community!    

Job Board & Classified Ads

ECP: Physicians


Internal Medicine Practice: Physician  


Orthopedic Surgery Practice: Physician Assistant  


Plastic Surgery Center: Medical Biller 



To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad Click here.


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