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August 7, 2013

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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message from Deerfield Retirement Community (Left)
Emeritus Quarterly Luncheon (8/14)
WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (8/15)
Real Solutions for Today's Health Plan (8/19)
WCMS Women In Medicine Section (8/27)
Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15)
2012 Project Access Thank You Ad
It's Here! DocbookMD is available to all members!
NC OKs subsidized insurance plans for online healthcare market
Online marketplace website
Analyzing the impact of State Medicaid expansion decisions
Job Board & Classified Ads

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. If you still need to RSVP, email nancy@mywcsm.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!  

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!  


2012 Project Access Thank You Ad- Please Review  

Every year WCMS purchases a full page ad in the Asheville Citizen-Times thanking all the physicians and other partners who donated to Project Access®.  We have prepared a draft of our Thank You ad for all our 2012 donating partners.  Will either you or your practice manager take a moment to review this ad to make sure that all participating physicians at your practice from last year are listed and that the names are spelled correctly?


Please review and submit any revisions by this Friday, August 9th.  Revisions can be sent to Project Access® staff by e-mail: projectaccess@mywmc.org or by fax: 274-1825. 


Click here to view the Thank You ad.  We appreciate all that you do for Project Access®!

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

Last week you should have received 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.

NC OKs subsidized insurance plans for online healthcare market  

North Carolina insurance officials announced Tuesday that they have approved health plans that will be available with federal subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Approval by the N.C. Department of Insurance marks a major milestone for subsidized health care in the state, a cornerstone of ... Keep reading.  

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/30/3070302/nc-oks-subsidized-insurance-plans.html#storylink=cpy

Online marketplace website

With just about eight weeks before the health insurance exchanges are scheduled to begin open enrollments, HHS has launched a new website and rolled out a series of education videos and infographics to promote the online marketplaces. During a teleconference with the media yesterday on a wide range of topics related to the Affordable Care Act, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said U.S. residents can now create user accounts on the website in preparation for open enrollment on Oct. 1. Consumers also can peruse general information about the exchanges, but they will not be able to sign up for coverage for a few weeks. Sebelius reiterated that the exchanges will be ready for enrollment on time. (Sources: Kaiser Health News' "Capsules," 8/5; AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/5; USA Today, 8/5)
Analyzing the impact of State Medicaid expansion decisions
 View PDF from the Kaiser Foundation.
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

BRCHS: Adult Psychiatrist/ Psychiatric NP/Psychiatric 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.  


Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director