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July 10, 2013

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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message from Parsec Financial (Left)
WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (7/18)
Emeritus Summer Social (7/25)
Do you have patients appropriate for this clinical research study?
Coming Soon: Your Western Carolina Medical Society will proudly offer DocbookMD to all members!.
Coming Soon: Your Western Carolina Medical Society will proudly offer DocbookMD to all members!.
Annual Campaign - Thanks to all our WCMS physicians, donors, and community friends
ACA Employer Mandate Delayed For One Year.
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (7/18) 

If you are a WNC physician within your first 10 years of practice, come out and join the WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section on Thursday, July 18th at 6pm at Highland Brewing Company. 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. 

 

RSVP now!    

Emeritus Summer Social (7/25) 

Emeritus Summer Social
When: Thursday, July 25th
Where: Country Club of Asheville
What time: Cocktail hour beginning at 5:30pm

If you are an Emeritus member and did not receive an invitation please email Nancy@mywcms.org.
LOCAL NEWS 

Do you have patients appropriate for this clinical research study?

Dear Project Access Physicians:

 

Asheville Gastroenterology Associates, PA, is participating in a multi-center, clinical research study for patients with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). I am reaching out to you to determine if you may have patients appropriate for inclusion in the study...read more.

 

Submitted by Kimberly Beavers, MD

Coming Soon: Your Western Carolina Medical Society will proudly offer DocbookMD to all members!

You'll soon be receiving an email from info@docbookmd.com as an invitation to sign up - it's fast, easy and FREE to all members! Help more patients, faster, right from your own mobile device.

Click here to learn more about DocBookMD.

WCMS 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:
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.

Annual Campaign 

Thanks to all our WCMS physicians, donors, and community friends for supporting the 2013 Annual Campaign.Our grand total is $30,360! (as of June 30, 2013).The last week of donations pushed us past the $30,000 mark and helped us exceed last year's total!  We are deeply thankful to our 100+ donors who made this a successful Annual Campaign.You can view all of our Physicians in Philanthropy (PIP) for 2013 here, and a full donor list will be available in December.

Thanks to our 2013 Annual Campaign Leadership:

Bill McCann, MD

Allergy Partners

Chair, Physicians in Philanthropy Campaign

 

Mary Williams Matthews

Johnson Price Sprinkle PA

Co-Chair, Community Campaign

 

Carolyn Coward

The Van Winkle Lawfirm

Co-Chair, Community Campaign

 

David Hart

Paragon Financial, LLC

Chair, Corporate Campaign

NATIONAL NEWS 
 
ACA Employer Mandate Delayed For One Year

The Obama administration's decision to delay the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate for one year means the federal government will not collect $4 billion in penalties in 2014, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates. Under the provision, employers with at least 50 full-time workers must provide affordable health coverage or face a $2,000 fine per worker after the first 30 workers. Last week, the Obama administration announced it would not enforce the mandate until 2015 in order to give businesses more time to comply with the law. The announcement took many health policy experts by surprise and has prompted some observers to raise concerns about implementation of the law. (Sources: AP/Boston Globe, 7/3; The Hill's "Healthwatch," 7/4; Miami Herald, 7/3; USA Today, 7/3)  

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

Asheville Internal Medicine: PA or FNP 

ECP: Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant 

ECP: Physicians 

Family To Family: Business Manager 

MAHEC: Geriatric Faculty Position 

Medical Employment Opportunities 

Medical Office For Lease  

WCMS: Interpreter Network Program Coordinator 

WCMS: Project Access Navigator 

   

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