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October 2, 2013

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In This Issue:
WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (10/17)
Join us for the 2013 WCMS Fall Conference (11/13)
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
WCMS Foundation Wins "WNC National Philanthropy Outstanding Foundation in Philanthropy Award"
Information to Share with Patients about NC Federal Marketplace
Rutherford Regional Health System Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Duke Lifepoint
County Priority Programs Could be Impacted in Government Shutdown
DocbookMD is now open to non-physician members of the care team
CCWNC Offers Consultation Service for Chronic Pain Management
Complaints Roll in about Problems with NCTracks
New Delays in ACA Rollout
Obamacare Health Exchanges Open with Glitches in Some States
AMA Projected Impact of a Federal Government Shut-Down on Health Programs
An Overview of Transitional Care Management
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section (10/17) 

If you are a WNC physician within your first 10 years of practice, come out and join the WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section on Thursday, October 17th at 6pm at The Wedge Brewing Company in the River Arts District. 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!

 

Click here to RSVP!

Join us for the 2013 WCMS Fall Conference (11/13) 
Thriving in Leadership:
Skills for Changing Times

WCMS is pleased to be partnering with the WNC Medical Managers Association once again on our 2013 Fall Conference and this year they are merging their November luncheon with our Fall Conference. This year's event will focus on Leadership, how to thrive in changing times.

Date: November 13, 2013
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton- Biltmore

Our keynote presenter, Dr. Grace Terrell of Cornerstone Healthcare, will discuss what it means to be a leader in today's healthcare environment.  Other topics include an update on the Affordable Care Act, a PCMH Panel and more!

ACMPE credit hours will be available.
 
Please visit our website here for full details and to register!

Many Thanks to our Sponsors! (to date)

LOCAL NEWS 
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book" 
The 2013-2014 "Blue Book" is ready for ordering!  This comprehensive directory of physicians, produced by WCMS, now includes physicians and practices from all 16 WNC counties. If you would like to place an order, you can do that quickly and easily online.

(If you have a question or need to know if you're a 100% practice to get the discounted price, contact membership@mywcms.org)

WCMS Foundation Wins "WNC National Philanthropy Outstanding Foundation in Philanthropy Award"

Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA staff (who serve on the Foundation's Development Council) nominated WCMS Foundation for the "WNC National Philanthropy Outstanding Foundation in Philanthropy Award."  We were awarded this honor! The ceremony takes place on Thursday, November 14 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville.

http://www.afpwnc.org/national-philanthropy-day

Information to Share with Patients about NC Federal Marketplace

Rutherford Regional Health System Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Duke Lifepoint

Click here for the press release. 

County Priority Programs Could be Impacted in Government Shutdown

Click here to read more about how counties could be affected by the shutdown. 

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. An exclusive HIPAA-secure smartphone platform designed by and for physicians,
DocbookMD allows physicians and their care team to share patient information and collaborate with their medical colleagues. DocbookMD is offered through WCMS to our members. To register or for more information on DocBookMD, please visit www.docbookmd.com or read more on our website.
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 at echristian@ccwnc.org or 828.348.2833 (availability limited, first come, first served)

STATE NEWS 
 

Complaints Roll in about Problems with NCTracks   

Read the article at ModernHealthcare.com.
NATIONAL NEWS 
 

New Delays in ACA Rollout 

The Obama administration on 9/26/13 announced new delays in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, saying small business and Spanish-language online enrollment services in federally run exchanges will not begin on Oct. 1 as planned. HHS said it has delayed for one month online enrollment for employers with 50 or fewer workers because of technical problems. Instead, small business owners will have to mail or fax their information to government officials. The Obama administration also said online Spanish-language enrollment would not be available until sometime between Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. White House officials said the delays would not affect Oct. 1 enrollment start date for individuals and assured that coverage still take effect on Jan. 1 (Sources: Kaiser Health News' "Capsules," 9/26; New York Times' "In Practice," 9/26; Reuters, 9/26; Washington Post's "On Small Business," 9/26)  

Obamacare Health Exchanges Open with Glitches in Some States 

AMA Projected Impact of a Federal Government Shut-Down on Health Programs

Click here to read article and to view which HHS activities will continue during a government shut-down.  
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
An Overview of Transitional Care Management
Click here to read "An Overview of Transitional Care Management", written by Amy Dunatov of MSOC Health. 
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 Kristina Isenhour, Member Services Coordinator at kristina@mywcms.org   
Job Board & Classified Ads
Asheville Family & Sports Med: Medical Assistant
Pardee Hospital: Multiple Opportunities
WNC FQHC: FNP
GYN Practice: Temporary Phone Triage Nurse
Asheville Internal Medicine: PA or FNP

Asheville Private Practice: Office Manager 

Carolina Spine & Neurosurgery: Physician Extender 

ECP: Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant 

ECP: Physicians

Sisters of Mercy: PRN Physicians 

Sisters of Mercy: PRN PA or FNP   

   

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