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July 24, 2013

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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message from OneWhoServes, Inc. (Left)
Emeritus Summer Social (7/25)
WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (8/15)
WCMS Women In Medicine Section (8/27)
Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15)
Rutherford Regional Health System and Mission Health Terminate Partnership Plans
Coming Soon: Your Western Carolina Medical Society will proudly offer DocbookMD to all members!.
Funding update for Project Access
How will NC enroll uninsured patients for insurance coverage?
YouTube website for consumers regarding Insurance Marketplace
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

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.

WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (8/15) 

If you are a WNC physician within your first 10 years of practice, come out for beer and wine and join the WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section on Thursday, August 15th 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!

 

RSVP now!  

WCMS Women In Medicine Section (8/27) 

Join us at the next WCMS Women in Medicine event on Tuesday, August 27th at 5:30pm at the new Isa's Bistro (downtown Asheville) for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a free Ask The Expert session with Carolyn Coward, health care law attorney with Van Winkle Law Firm. More informing coming soon!  

Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15) 

Save the date for the Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic at The Farm on September 15, 2013 from 4-7:30pm. This is a free fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon that will include:

  • BBQ & Fixins'
  • Beer & Wine
  • Live music by Deep River
  • Raffles & other give-a-ways
  • Fun filled activities for the kids

All WCMS physician members, and all physicians who are new to western North Carolina this year - and their families - are invited to attend. More details coming soon! 

LOCAL NEWS 

Rutherford Regional Health System and Mission Health Terminate Partnership Plans  

http://shar.es/kpPOw

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.
Funding update for Project Access

In December, 2012, WCMS in collaboration with Mission applied for The Duke Endowment (TDE) funding to institute a tiered payment system and utilize Crescent's claims processing adjudication and data analytics. After submitting our original proposal we learned that there would be significant shortfalls in Project Access' traditional funding sources (County, Mission) resulting from the impacts of the recession and uncertainties in Medicaid funding. WCMS and Mission met with TDE to discuss the situation and they invited us to resubmit a new proposal to address the anticipated shortfalls. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to work on our original goals with our community partners, we are very pleased to announce the receipt of a $400,000 grant award from TDE to replace our local funding shortfalls, which will go a long way in sustaining Project Access over the next 2 years ($200K/year).  Here is the official press release announcing the funding: : http://mywcms.org/News-and-Events/Announcements/Project-Access-Receives-Two-Year-Funding-Award-fro

STATE NEWS 
 

How will NC enroll uninsured patients for insurance coverage?

Here's a good article regarding impending grassroots efforts to enroll patients for insurance across NC.  

ITEMS OF INTEREST  

YouTube website for consumers regarding Insurance Marketplace 

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.  

Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director