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October 30, 2013

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In This Issue:
Join us for the 2013 WCMS Fall Conference (11/13)
WCMS' Second Annual Town Hall Meeting A Success!
WCMS Foundation Wins Philanthropy Award
Potential Changes for WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center
Counties to Consider Consolidated Smoky Board
Health 'Coverage Gap' Affecting WNC Residents
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
NCMS Seeks to Clarify What Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Means in North Carolina
Preparing for ICD-10
NCMS Presents Health Care Reform Highlights for Medical Professionals
CCWNC Offers Consultation Service for Chronic Pain Management
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
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!
LOCAL NEWS 
WCMS' Second Annual Town Hall Meeting A Success! 
On October 28th, 47 of our key partners gathered at MAHEC to see and discuss the thematic results that emerged from interviewing 70 key partners in order to prepare an aspiration-driven 2014 Strategic Plan for WCMS.

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WCMS Foundation Wins Philanthropy Award   
Potential Changes for WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center  
"The HRMC Board announced this afternoon that the process for a strategic partner for the hospitals in the MedWest Health System has reached another stage..."
Continue reading this Press Release.

"Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital (WestCare) are parting ways with Haywood Regional Medical Center.  The plan is for Duke LifePoint Healthcare to buy WestCare..."
Continue reading this article from the Sylva Herald.    
Counties to Consider Consolidated Smoky Board    
Twenty-three Western North Carolina counties will be asked to consider a new consolidated board to oversee Smoky Mountain Center.

Continue reading.  
Health 'Coverage Gap' Affecting WNC Residents 
Some residents not eligible for ACA subsidies, Medicaid

Read article.  
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)
STATE NEWS 
NCMS Seeks to Clarify What Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Means in North Carolina  
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
Preparing for ICD-10 
Some useful documents and videos to help you prepare for ICD-10.

Click here.
NCMS Presents Health Care Reform Highlights for Medical Professionals
Providing you with information on the key components of the Affordable Care Act & other Federal and State laws and programs that may affect you and your practice.  Click here.
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)

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
Allergy Partners: Nurse Practitioner
Asheville Internal Medicine: PA or FNP

ECP: Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant 

ECP: Physicians

   

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