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July 17, 2013

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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message from Parsec Financial (Left)
WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section - POSTPONED!!
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!.
WCMS issues new letter to legislators on Medicaid expansion
The WCMS Foundation Board has approved Community Care of Western North Carolina's consulting service for chronic pain management for all Project Access®
ACA Employer Mandate Delayed For One Year.
Job Board & Classified Ads

WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section: POSTPONED 

Due to a large number of RSVP 'regrets' due to July vacations the WCMS Early Career Physicians' event (scheduled for Thursday, July 18th) has been postponed until August 15th at 6pm at Highland Brewing Company.  

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.

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 issues new letter to legislators on Medicaid expansion

On February 7, 2013 the Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) signed on to a letter written by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) regarding the expansion of Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).The NCMS
letter noted the benefits of expanding Medicaid, while at the same time questioned the future of Medicaid and North Carolina's ability to expand coverage without further increasing costs.
Since that letter was written, WCMS leadership has consulted with our member physicians, patients, hospital partners and safety net providers.We have reviewed new data, including unbiased, comprehensive analyses of the economic and health impact of Medicaid expansion... Read more here.

CCWNC offers consultation service for chronic pain management

CCWNC's Chronic Pain Initiative will help you use assessment and management algorithms for chronic pain complaints, design documentation to support and guide your care, use quality improvement techniques to adjust clinic programming, create patient registries to manage your patient population, use the Controlled Substance Reporting System to ensure safety,  identify patients at risk and in need a of behavioral health referral, and train staff who are participating in your chronic pain routines.


For more information or to start implementation in your practice, please contact: Eric Christian, LPC Echristian@ccwnc.org or 828.348.2833 (availability limited, first come, first served)

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)  

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

ECP: Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant 

ECP: Physicians 

Family To Family: Business Manager 

MAHEC: Geriatric Faculty Position 

Medical Employment Opportunities 

WCMS: Interpreter Network Program Coordinator 


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