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September 4, 2013

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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message from WCMS Interpreter Network (Left)
Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15)
UNC SOM-Asheville Educational Conference (9/17)
MAHEC Fall Physician Recruitment Dinner (10/1)
2012 Project Access® Thank You Ad
UNC Health Care to manage .Pardee Hospital for 25 years
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital signs memorandum of understanding with Mission Health
Public cites physician quality at hearing on possible sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center
DocbookMD is now open to non-physician members of the care team
ICD-10 Implementation Timelines
WCMS Foundation Board member Dr. Steve Buie makes an appearance in this NPR story about Zelda Fitzgerald
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Annual WCMS Newcomers' Picnic (9/15) 

Join us at the 2013 WCMS Annual Newcomers' Picnic at The Farm in Candler on September 15th from 4-7:30pm. Go to our website for more details, to see a list of our sponsors and for registration information.

UNC SOM-Asheville Educational Conference (9/17) 
UNC SOM-Asheville Educational Conference
Featuring Samuel Shem, Author of "The House of God"
Tuesday, September 17th
MAHEC Education Building

MAHEC Fall Physician Recruitment Dinner (10/1)

An event bringing residents and fellows in touch with practice opportunities in WNC. Download flier.
LOCAL NEWS 

2012 Project Access® Thank You Ad

Each year, WCMS takes out a full page ad in the Asheville Citizen-Times to thank all the physicians who donate their services to Project Access® patients.  The ad for all donating providers from 2012 ran this past Sunday.  Click here to view the ad.

 

Thanks to all the physicians listed for your commitment to serving low-income, uninsured patients!!

UNC Health Care to manage Pardee Hospital for 25 years
UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill posted a profitable financial year in fiscal 2013, which ended June 30. Preliminary financial results show the hospital generated $95 million in operating income on $1.2 billion net operating revenue...Keep reading at Triangle Business Journal.
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital signs memorandum of understanding with Mission Health
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and Mission Health have finalized a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for HCH to become a full-member hospital of Mission Health. Mission Health is North Carolina's sixth-largest health system and the region's only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in Western North Carolina. Read full press release in the Mountain Xpress.
Public cites physician quality at hearing on possible sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center
Maintaining high-quality doctors in Haywood County emerged as a common theme in a public hearing last week on the future of MedWest-Haywood.

 

Hospital leaders are contemplating a sale, merger or lease of the Haywood County hospital to a larger system. Who owns the hospital is ultimately less important than the caliber of Haywood County's medical community, according to several residents and civic leaders who spoke up at a public hearing last week held at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center.  

 

Read full article in Smoky Mountain News.  

DocbookMD is now open to non-physician members of the care team

More than 16,500 physicians throughout 32 states are now using DocbookMD, a HIPAA-secure messaging application for smartphones and tablets. DocbookMD has historically only been accessible to physicians. Today, due to physician demand for secure communication with their medical staff, the platform is being opened up to all members of the care team, with the physician at the center of the communication. Read more at our website.
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 

ICD-10 Implementation Timelines 

For detailed timelines and checklists for activities that providers and payers need to carry out to prepare for ICD-10, please click on the link below:
   

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/ICD-10ImplementationTimelines.html

WCMS Foundation Board member Dr. Steve Buie makes an appearance in this NPR story about Zelda Fitzgerald!  

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

AllCare Clinical Associates: Credentialing Specialist 

AllCare Clinical Associates: Insurance Specialist  

BRCHS: Adult Psychiatrist/ Psychiatric NP/Psychiatric PA 

ECP: Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant 

ECP: Physicians

Sisters of Mercy: PRN Physicians 

Sisters of Mercy: PRN PA or FNP   

   

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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