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May 8, 2013

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In This Issue:
Pathways Medical Management Sponsor Message (Left)
Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon (5/14)
NEW! Early Career Physicians' Group (5/16)
2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign
WCMS launches new group in Linked In: WCMS' Communication Hub!
Physicians Needed for Legislative Advocacy Days!
From NCMS: General Assembly Eliminates Most Favored Nation Clauses
Member Announcements: Asheville Anesthesia Associates, PA announces name change
Job Board & Classified Ads

Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon (5/14) 

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at the DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel. As usual, we'll meet around 11:30, with lunch at 12:00 and our lecture to follow. Our speaker will be Dr. Kenny Simpkins from Victoria Urological Associates, who will speak to us about the controversy over PSA testing.

NEW! WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (5/16) 

WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section  
Wicked Weed - Downstairs Tasting Room  
Thursday, May 16th

If you are a WNC physician within your first eight years of practice, come out and join your peers for a pint and hors d'oeuvres compliments of WCMS Thursday, May 16th at Wicked Weed in downtown Asheville!

All early career physician members are invited to attend, and encouraged to bring physician friends or colleagues--regardless of their membership. Residents and fellows are welcome.

Click here for more information about the Early Career Physicians' Section, or RSVP now.     

2013 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign

"Helping Our Community Navigate Healthcare Change"



The 2013 Annual Campaign is underway.  Check your mailbox for a letter from Dr. Bill McCann about the importance of raising funds for the WCMS Foundation. 


We've currently raised over $16,000- will you become a Physician in Philanthropy (PIP) and donate now to bring us closer to our $50,000 goal?


To learn more about the 2013 Annual Campaign, go to:  http://www.mywcms.org/About/Annual-Campaign-2013/PIP    

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

Physicians Needed for Legislative Advocacy Days!

WCMS is organizing a trip to Raleigh on May 29th for NCMS' Advocacy Days (aka White Coat Wednesday). Advocacy Days is an excellent way for you to connect with your local legislators during the legislative session.  Legislators are so impressed and appreciative that you would take time out of your busy schedule to travel all the way to Raleigh to visit with them.


The day typically consists of a morning meeting at NCMS for an update on current legislative issues and talking points, then the group heads over to the legislative building and meets with legislators until heading home around 3pm.  Visit NCMS's website below for an overview of the program:   http://www.ncmedsoc.org/pages/meetings_and_events/white_coat_wednesdays.html 


Please contact Donna Wiedrich at donna@mywcms.org by May 15th  if you are interested in attending. We will be organizing carpools for those interested.


From NCMS: General Assembly Eliminates Most Favored Nation Clauses

The North Carolina House and Senate both have overwhelmingly approved the Freedom to Negotiate Health Care Rates legislation (HB247 and S359), which now awaits Governor McCrory's signature. The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) had lobbied in favor of this legislation that requires removal of what's commonly known as the Most Favored Nation clauses in insurance contracts. These clauses guarantee that one insurer always receives the lowest rates from health care providers. Keep reading
Member Announcements 

Asheville Anesthesia Associates, PA announces name change 


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

Asheville Anesthesia: Administrative Assistant 

Asheville Anesthesia: Compensation & Benefits Administrator 

Asheville Anesthesia: Operations Director 

Asheville Anesthesia: Resolution Specialist   

Asheville Anesthesia: Employment/Employee Relations Coordinator

Asheville Family Practice: FN/NP 

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   

Family To Family: Medical Practice Manager - NEW!  

French Broad Pediatrics: Practice Manager


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.  


Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director