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March 13, 2013


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In This Issue:
Four Seasons Compassion For Life - Sponsor Message
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
The Physicians' Voice
Daily news updates
Private Medicaid Plans
iDoctor: Could a smartphone be the future of medicine
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads


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
The Physicians' Voice in the News 
WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice" media presentations aimed to showcase to the general public our physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health.  
Here is the latest release: "Nutrition: Eating healthy is not easy" by Dr. Susan Mims.
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website
Where can I find updates on important news on a daily basis?  
WCMS strives to keep you up to date weekly with Vital Signs, but there's more news than can fit into a weekly newsletter. If you want daily updates, check out our Twitter feed and our Facebook page.

Private Medicaid Plans  

Private Medicaid Plans Get Push http://on.wsj.com/14Pp8cn via @WSJ  

iDoctor: Could a smartphone be the future of medicine?
One of the world's top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. View segment here and tell us how you use your smartphone to improve the practice of medicine! 
Member Announcements 

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


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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