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October 23, 2013


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In This Issue:
Join us for the 2013 WCMS Fall Conference (11/13)
Your Opinion Matters! Take Smoky Mountain Center's Needs Assessment Survey
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
Cancer Center Scheduled for Completion in Early Spring - Angel Medical Center
Join WCMS' DocBookMD
McCrory: US Could Force NC to Expand Medicaid
The ICD-10 Pilot that was Just Plain 'Scary'
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads
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!
Your Opinion Matters! Take Smoky Mountain Center's Needs Assessment Survey     
The Smoky Mountain Center LME-MCO (SMC) is conducting an assessment throughout its 23-county service area to identify the mental health, substance abuse and intellectual/ developmental disability service needs of people who are uninsured, underinsured or covered by Medicaid insurance.

Please use the link below to complete the Stakeholder Needs Assessment Survey by Oct. 25, 2013. Your input will help SMC plan for the future, as well as ensure an adequate provider network and that services are located in areas accessible to the residents the system is designed to serve.

Click here to complete the Stakeholder Needs Assessment Survey 
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)
Cancer Center Scheduled for Completion in Early Spring - Angel Medical Center 
Last Wednesday, Angel Medical Center (AMC) invited members of the community to attend the "topping" ceremony for the new cancer center that will be located between Riverview Street and the Depot Street Extension.

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Join WCMS' DocBookMD 
Physicians in the WNC region now have access to a tool that can help them communicate more efficiently and save time and money in the process. That tool is DocBookMD, a HIPAA compliant smartphone app. In addition to helping physicians communicate and collaborate, DocBookMD also helps WCMS build membership. This benefits physicians by creating a stronger medical society and a louder voice for physician advocacy. Physicians also have access to a broader referral base and more opportunities for networking and community-building. DocBookMD is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices and is provided at no charge to members of the Western Carolina Medical Society. To register or for more information, please visit www.docbookmd.com.

McCrory: US Could Force NC to Expand Medicaid  
The ICD-10 Pilot that was Just Plain 'Scary'
Holt Anderson and his team at the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance have already conducted two waves of end-to-end testing for ICD-10.

At the MGMA 2013 annual conference in San Diego, Holt, NCHICA's executive director, recounted the experience to attendees.

Initial results? They're just plain "scary," said Anderson, who explained that worker productivity decreased by 50 percent when attempting to identify the proper ICD-10 codes.

Read more.

Want resources? Check out NCHICA's ICD-10 resources.
Member Announcements 
Diana Bradley MD, Elizabeth Twardon MD, & Rick McIntyre PA welcome Paul Chang MD & Megan Hartley FNP to their practice, Family Care of Fairview.

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
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Asheville Family & Sports Med: Medical Assistant
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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.  


Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director