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April 10, 2013

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In This Issue:
Deerfield Retirement Community Sponsor Message (Left)
ACOs: What They Are and How North Carolina Physicians Should Approach Them - Webinar (4/17)
Women In Medicine - April Social (4/18)
2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign
Park Ridge Health to build $10 million facility at Biltmore Park in South Asheville
Three Streams Family Health Center has closed
WCMS launches new group in Linked In: WCMS' Communication Hub!
Cutting Edge Blog: New Postings
Are you interested in Scope of Practice issues in the legislature?
McCrory plan would open state's Medicaid business to private companies
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 
ACOs: What They Are and How North Carolina Physicians Should Approach Them - Webinar (4/17)

Event: NCMSF/NCMGM Webinar

Date:  April 17, 2013 
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm 
Featuring Julian (Bo) Bobbitt, JD, Smith Anderson Law Firm

This webinar will provide:
  • a fundamental understanding of the reasons compelling health system change;
  • a review of accountable care and accountable care organizations;
  • an overview of how patient care can be improved through systems and teams;
  • clinical strategies for physicians to optimize access to and quality of care in the accountable care era.
This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early!
Women In Medicine - April Social (4/18)

It's hard to believe, but the Women In Medicine section of the WCMS is a year old! Join us for wine/refreshments and hors d'oeuvres as WIM celebrates its first anniversary on Thursday, April, 18th at the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar (Upstairs) in the Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville. Click here to RSVP or check on our website for updates about this event.  

 

All women physician members are invited to attend, and encouraged to bring physician friends or colleagues (regardless of their membership).

 
The WCMS's Women In Medicine section offers an opportunity for women physicians to meet, network, and share experiences common to their profession. The WIM socials are held bi-monthly. 
LOCAL NEWS 

2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign

HELPING OUR COMMUNITY NAVIGATE HEALTHCARE CHANGE

 

Compass Click here to read Physicians in Philanthropy Message from Dr. Bill McCann and Emeritus Chapter member Message from Dr. Simon Braun.   

 

$50,000 Goal. We Need Your Help - Donate Now 

 

Become a 2013 Physicians in Philanthropy (PIP) today.  

Park Ridge Health to build $10 million facility at Biltmore Park in South Asheville

Park Ridge Health plans to build a $10 million, state-of-the art medical center at Biltmore Park in South Asheville to serve patients in the Asheville area.


The facility, scheduled to open in 2014, will house ... Keep reading at BlueRidgeNow. 

Three Streams Family Health Center has closed

WCMS launches new group in Linked In: WCMS' Communication Hub!

This group offers western North Carolina physicians an opportunity to network, share information, engage in learning from one another, and build collegiality. To join WCMS' Communication Hub, you'll need to establish a Linked In account and then join our group here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4935272

Cutting Edge Blog: New Postings-check out what your colleagues are saying

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
STATE NEWS  

Are you interested in Scope of Practice issues in the legislature? 

See link below in order to keep track of all legislation introduced in the NC General Assembly (2013-2014 Session) related to the supervision of nurses and other mid-level providers. The NC Coalition to Protect Patients supports existing laws that protect patient safety by requiring physician supervision of medical procedures.

 

http://www.protectncpatients.com/ 

McCrory plan would open state's Medicaid business to private companies

Here is an article re-posted from the News Observer: mywcms.org/McCroryMedicaidProposal

This is an overview of the Governor's plan
: Partnership For A Healthy Carolina (PDF)

Opinion Piece by Robert Seligson at NCMS on McCrory's Medicaid Proposal

Please note that WCMS is planning to issue a statement shortly in response to the Governor's proposal. The statement will be posted on our website at  http://www.mywcms.org/Legislative/Legislative-Issues
ITEMS OF INTEREST  
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! Contact Nancy Caine, Member Services Coordinator at Nancy@mywcms.org.     

Job Board & Classified Ads

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Advanced Practitioner  

 

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Excellent Dental Career Opportunity 

   

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Family Practice Physician  

 

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Internal Medicine 

 

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital: Urologist      

 

BRCHS: Associate Medical Director 

 

BRCHS: Dentist 

 

BRCHS: Family Nurse Practitioner 

 

BRCHS: Physician Assistant 

   

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

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director