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February 19, 2014

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In This Issue:
Learn about the Physician-Led Future of Healthcare in WNC
MAHEC ICD-10 Workshop for Physicians
Dr. Baumgarten chosen for The William Bruce Award: A Tradition for WNCPA (3/12)
Physicians' Voice in the News
The Van Winkle Law Firm continues as WCMS Circle of Friends member
WCMS Wants to Help Enroll Your Patients in Insurance
Mission Health Launches Inaugural H2T Healthcare Quality Conference
Mission Health Responds to Medical Needs of Rural Communities
ICD-10 Costs "Disastrous" for Physicians, AMA tells HHS
Meaningful Use Attestation Date Extended
Report: Nearly 3.3 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Obamacare Plans
2-1-1 App
Join DocBookMD, a Clinical Communication Tool for Patient Care
What is Accountable Care? Psychiatrists' Edition
Member Announcements- Dr. Kenneth Sauve & Dr. Alan Baumgarten
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Learn about the Physician-Led Future of Healthcare in WNC (3/5) 
Please join us for a casual evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres as we hear from Dr. Rob Fields about The Physician Led Future of Healthcare in WNC.  Come and learn about what is on the horizon for Mission Medical Associates, the new Independent Physicians Association, and efforts towards a new Accountable Care Organization.

When:
Wednesday, March 5th from 6pm to 8pm

Where:
The Capital Club, 82 Patton Ave #800, Asheville, NC 28801

 RSVP Now
Seating will be limited to 40
 
Sponsored by:
Parsec Financial

MAHEC ICD-10 Workshop for Physicians (3/6) 
MAHEC is offering a 10% discount for eligible primary care practices currently enrolled in consulting services with MAHEC's Center for Quality Improvement (aka REC Team), with priority given to small and independently owned practices. Please click on this link for additional information.

Dr. Baumgarten chosen for The William Bruce Award: A Tradition for WNCPA (3/12) 
You are cordially invited to be a guest at the annual WNC Psychological Association's William Bruce Awards honoring Alan Baumgarten, M.D., and Gordon Schneider, Ph.D., for their contributions to "Integrated Care: Interfacing Medicine and Mental Health" 

Keynote Speaker: Susan Reinhardt,  award-winning columnist, author and humorist  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at The Grovewood Cafe

Click here for more information. 
LOCAL NEWS 
Physicians' Voice in the News  
WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice" media presentations aimed to showcase to the general public our physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health.  
  
Here is the latest release:
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.
The Van Winkle Law Firm continues as WCMS Circle of Friends member 
Miriam Schwarz, CEO, is pleased to announce the Van Winkle Law Firm is once again participating in the WCMS Circle of Friends Program for 2014.  Van Winkle has long been a supporter of WCMS and the physicians of Western North Carolina.  
 
The WCMS Circle of Friends Program is by invitation only and has many advantages, including numerous opportunities to spend time with physicians and being recognized throughout the year as an over-arching supporter of WCMS.  
 
If, as a WCMS member physician, you'd like to recommend a company to join the Circle of Friends Program or have comments about companies in this program, please contact Miriam@mywcms.org.  
WCMS Wants to Help Enroll Your Patients in Insurance 
The Health Insurance Marketplace is working for many residents across Western North Carolina. In the last 20 days WCMS has moved 17 Project Access patients into affordable health care with the average premium under $30 per month. We aim to support your practice and your patients' health outcomes by moving self-pay patients into healthcare plans.

Almost 70% of NC residents will qualify for premium subsidies.  

WCMS wants to identify and reach your uninsured patients...
  • WCMS can assist patients with ACA information
  • Address their concerns of affordability and safety
  • Navigate and guide them into a comfortable plan for their needs
What does this mean to you? Fewer self-pay patients and better outcomes for your practice!

Katherine Hensley is a WCMS Certified Application Counselor who has knowledge and experience in navigating the Marketplace. She is available to help your patients enroll, educate your staff, and assist you in understanding the Affordable Care Act. She would like to visit your practice in the next few weeks to screen patients for the Marketplace. Since the window for enrollments ends on March 31st we need to schedule these visits as soon as possible so that you and your patients can take advantage of this unique opportunity. You must be a member of WCMS to take advantage of this offer for your patient population. To make an appointment for her to visit please contact Katherine Hensley at 828-274-2267 or Katherine@mywcms.org.
Mission Health Launches Inaugural H2T Healthcare Quality Conference
"Mission Health is bringing together decision makers, front-line clinicians and technology leaders to reimagine how technology will transform healthcare communication, delivery and patient experience."

Continue reading.
Mission Health Responds to Medical Needs of Rural Communities  
"By creating the Rural Health Planning and Development department, Mission will understand and develop innovative models of care to address the unique strengths and challenges that many rural communities face... Teresa Wall, who is currently a vice president of hospital-owned practices for Mission Health, will join the new department as a system director."

Read full article in Mountain Xpress.
NATIONAL NEWS 
 
ICD-10 Costs "Disastrous" for Physicians, AMA tells HHS  
Citing new cost estimates that could reach nearly triple those of previous projections, the AMA on Wednesday issued a letter calling on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reconsider the mandated adoption of the new code set, currently scheduled for Oct. 1. Read more in AMA Wire™ about the new cost study and the AMA's letter to Secretary Sebelius.
Meaningful Use Attestation Date Extended
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the original planned date by which all physicians who are attesting for Medicare Meaningful Use in 2013 has been extended from 11:59 pm ET on February 28 to 11:59 pm ET March 31.

Continue reading.
Report: Nearly 3.3 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Obamacare Plans
Read the Kaiser Health News report.
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
2-1-1 App 
Did you know there is an app for finding help for seniors, children and others in need? Android smart phone users can link directly to community resource solutions with the new NC 2-1-1 Android App.

With the app, you can dial 2-1-1, you can search nc211.org or you can complete a simple search for services near you using your smart phone. 
 
Visit here to download the new Android app. iPhone users can download the app from the iTunes store.  
Join DocBookMD, a Clinical Communication Tool for Patient Care 
Over seventy of your colleagues have already signed up for this free benefit. DocBookMD is a HIPAA compliant clinical tool- you can securely send text messages regarding patient care!

DocBookMD also allows you to electronically search the Western Carolina Medical Society physician directory

Want to sign up? Here's how: http://www.mywcms.org/Membership/DocBookMD/#SignUp

Click here to see who's already using DocBookMD. 
What is Accountable Care?  Psychiatrists' Edition- Take a Look at your Specialty Toolkit! 
Over 40 North Carolina medical societies and organizations- including WCMS- have joined together in a commitment to helping the medical community face the challenges of a changing health care environment, launching the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative. The Consortium was designed to provide the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to understand, participate in, navigate, lead, and succeed in a value-driven health care system.

This week: The Accountable Care Guide for Psychiatrists

Member Announcements- Dr. Kenneth Sauve Receives Board Certification & Dr. Alan Baumgarten Launches H2PRO (Probiotic Beverages) 
Dr. Kenneth J. Sauve has received board certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology. Board certified doctors voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic medical licensing. Certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation.

Read the full announcement here.


From Dr. Alan Baumgarten:
"My company, PRO-Hydro Beverages, will be releasing the first of many probiotic products this month. H2PRO probiotic beverages and supplements contain a unique blend of four special probiotics combined with selected vitamins and micronutrients to support your good health and wellness.

H2PRO will be launched on Saturday, February 22, from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Grand Opening of the new Katuah Market in Biltmore Village in Asheville, North Carolina. H2PRO will start with H2PRO Immune Health Acai Berry in bottles and Acai Berry and Flavorless packets.

We're having a little fun with our Social Media outreach and invite you join the party. Please visit us on Facebook and show your support by "liking" the page. We have a Twitter feed as well. Our website, www.h2probiotics.com is under construction and will be live at the time of our launch.

We're excited to hit the ground running and your support will be instrumental to the success of our launch and beyond. This is just the beginning with more H2PRO formulas to be coming in the next few months!  Thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you at the Katuah Market in Biltmore Station."
Job Board & Classified Ads
Physician  (The Yoga Wellness Center)
PA or FNP  (Sisters of Mercy)
Medical Assistant  (Our Family Doctor)
PA or FNP  (Asheville Internal Medicine)
Physicians  (Extended Care Physicians)
NP/PA  (Extended Care Physicians)

    

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WCMS is a thriving 800-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