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July 31, 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)
Reminder about Making Outside Referrals for Project Access Patients
Uninsured get Project Access lifeline
It's Here! DocbookMD is available to all members!
WNC Data Link:...What Providers are Saying
Having trouble with NCTracks?
AMA: Upcoming Congressional August recess provides physicians prime grassroots opportunity
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Emeritus Quarterly Luncheon (8/14) 

The next meeting of the Emeritus Chapter will be held on Wednesday, August 14th 11:30am at the Doubletree Biltmore Hotel near Biltmore Village. Our speaker will be Dr. Frank Moretz of AllCare Clinical Associates (formerly Asheville Anesthesia Associates) and current President of the WCMS Association. Dr. Moretz will speak to us about the State of the Western Carolina Medical Society and answer any questions you have related to the Society.

As always, meet and greet at 11:30am with lunch at noon and the talk to follow. Look for invitations this week! 

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!  

Real Solutions for Today's Health Plan (8/19) 
Crescent Health Solutions presents:
Real Solutions for Today's Health Plan

Thursday, 9/19/2013
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore
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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.  

 

Space is limited - RSVP now! 

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

 

*Attention Practice Managers: Help ensure that all newcomer families are welcomed. If you have physicians who have joined your practice since October of 2012 please email that information to Nancy@mywcms.org. Thanks!  

LOCAL NEWS 

Reminder about Making Outside Referrals for Project Access Patients  

Recently, our Project Access®(PA) Navigators received claims from Lifewatch Services in Illinois.  Normally when PA receives claims, we log them to track the donation amounts from our providers, but ... Keep reading.

Uninsured get Project Access lifeline

Amid cuts to its budget and the state decision not to expand Medicaid, Project Access is getting funding from the Duke Endowment to help the program continue to serve low-income Western North Carolina residents without health insurance. Read article in Asheville Citizen-Times.

It's Here! DocbookMD is available to all members!

TOMORROW you will receive 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.
WNC Data Link:  What Providers are Saying
Recently, WNC Data Link traveled throughout WNC to talk with providers about their experiences using WNC Data Link.  The result of these travels showed a positive impact on patient care throughout multiple organizations.  To view a short video of WNC Data Link as a program, which includes testimonials from clinicians, please click here or navigate to www.wnchn.org and click on the "Program" link on the top of the page.

 

STATE NEWS 
 

Having trouble with NCTracks?

NATIONAL NEWS 
 

AMA: Upcoming Congressional August recess provides physicians prime grassroots opportunity  

Congress will begin its traditional five-week summer recess on August 3, providing physicians with a timely and valuable opportunity to meet with lawmakers on key issues. Specifically, recent committee hearings and legislative proposals focused on repeal of the SGR formula and the future of physician payment models require urgent action by physicians as lawmakers return home to interact with constituents.  

 

In the coming days, stay tuned to the Physicians' Grassroots Network for the latest information and action alert for physicians, including extensive talking points on repealing the SGR and steps physicians can take to effectively communicate with their elected officials over the next five weeks.   

ITEMS OF INTEREST  
Member Announcements 
ASHEVILLE ARTHRITIS & OSTEOPOROSIS CENTER WELCOMES DR. JULIE LEVENGOOD TO OUR PRACTICE

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

BRCHS: FNP/PA  

Carolina Spine & Neurosurgery Center: Clinical Supervisor 

   

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