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November 6, 2013

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In This Issue:
One Week from Today- 2013 WCMS Fall Conference (11/13)
Women's Health Event (11/19)
Free Affordable Care Act Classes for Your Patients/Employees who Need Insurance
HRMC Board Votes to Pursue Affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Will Hold Public Hearing
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
The Bulletin e-Magazine
Making Money with Your Mobile App
Doctors Treat New Condition: Questions About Health Law
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
One Week from Today- 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!

Women's Health Event (11/19) 
MAHEC and Women for Women co-host this "Snapshot of Women's Health Disparities" event with Wendy R. Brewster, MD and Director of the Center for Women's Health Research at UNC Chapel Hill, Tuesday, November 19th, 5:30 - 7:30pm at MAHEC. 

Dr. Brewster is a gynecologic oncologist and will share findings from the NC Women's Health Report Card and a local panel will discuss disparities facing women in WNC.  View Information and RSVP or click here for more information.
Free Affordable Care Act Classes for Your Patients/Employees who Need Insurance
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County and Pisgah Legal Services are pleased to announce information sessions on the Affordable Care for individuals interested in learning how to purchase health insurance through the marketplace.  The purpose of the sessions is to explain the various parts of the Affordable Care Act, how an individual can apply for coverage and answer questions regarding the program.  Pisgah Legal Services and the Council on Aging are designated Navigator agencies offering unbiased information regarding the marketplace.

The classes are free and open to the public. No products are sold, recommended or endorsed. For class schedule, click here.
LOCAL NEWS 
HRMC Board Votes to Pursue Affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Will Hold Public Hearing
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)
The Bulletin 
The Fall 2013 edition of WCMS' e-Magazine, "The Bulletin"is now available.

To read the Bulletin, click here. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
Making Money with Your Mobile App
"Because DocbookMD can be used to alert the primary care physician about a patient's discharge in real-time, including details of the discharge plan, it has become an essential tool to not only help improve the care of patients during this transitional care period, but it also now serves as a means for reimbursement through documentation of this transitional care management."

Continue reading.

Here's how to sign up for DocBookMD: http://www.mywcms.org/Membership/DocBookMD/#SignUp.
Doctors Treat New Condition: Questions About Health Law  
Read the article by Kaiser Health News.

Physicians, if you are interested in helping your patients better understand the ACA, here are some resources you can use (patient handouts and brochures, for example)
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