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April 23, 2014


In This Issue:
WCMS President's Message
WCMS Forum: Enhancing Revenue & Profit in Today's Medical Practice
Telling the Real Story of Our Patient's Health... Why Risk Adjustment?
12th Annual HeartStrings Family Fun Challenge Supporting WCMS' Project Access
2013-2014 "Blue Books"- 1 Week Left to Order
WCMS Monitoring Blue Cross Blue Shield Payment Delays
9 Ways CMS' Claim Data Release Could Mislead Patients, Reporters
Member Benefits- Did You Know?
Join DocBookMD, A Clinical Tool that Fits in Your Pocket
What is Accountable Care?
Member Announcements
Job Board & Classified Ads
WCMS President's Message
"As a regional medical society, our aim is to represent all of the physicians of Western North Carolina.  We were the Buncombe County Medical Society from 1885-2011. Now we are the Western Carolina Medical Society, representing 15 additional counties: Rutherford, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Polk, Transylvania, Henderson, Haywood, Jackson, Clay, Swain, Macon, Graham, and Cherokee. We were very intentional about expanding to the entire region, knowing that by working together regionally physicians have a tremendous impact on improving patient care locally.  Additionally, expansion to a regional society has served to make WNC physicians a known entity in Raleigh.

But, we face barriers to coming together. The necessary adaptations to the changes in the health care system have led to the increasing compartmentalization of physicians regarding the location, scope and setting of their practice..."

Continue reading the message from D. Gus Vickery, MD, WCMS President
WCMS Forum: Enhancing Revenue & Profit in Today's Medical Practice (4/30) 
Step back from the daily crisis mode and really focus on understanding your practice, the physicians' goals, and the barriers to achieving these. In this seminar, we revisit the basic indicators and workflows that need continued attention, consider tried and true approaches, and suggest some outside-the box thinking to get your creative juices flowing.

This seminar is ideal for physicians who are business owners and their practice managers. This is a benefit for WCMS members, but we encourage you to invite your practice administrators and non-member physician colleagues to attend as well.

Speaker: Cameron Cox, Management Services on Call

When: Wednesday, April 30th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: Asheville Chamber of Commerce
Lenoir-Rhyne Boardroom

Other: Heavy hors d'ouevres and beverages will be provided.

Event sponsored by:
Telling the Real Story of Our Patient's Health... Why Risk Adjustment? (5/2)
For physicians, residents and mid-level providers. Friday, May 2.

Click here for more information on this MAHEC event.
12th Annual HeartStrings Family Fun Challenge Supporting WCMS' Project Access (5/25)
What: Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge at Mountain Sports Festival

When: Sunday, May 25 from 1pm to 4pm at Carrier Park

Why: To raise funds to support WCMS's Project Access® Program, which provides uninsured, low-income individuals annually with the critical healthcare they need and enrolls eligible uninsured into the health insurance marketplace.

Where: Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge will be part of Asheville's popular Mountain Sports Festival held over Memorial Day Weekend at Carrier Park.

2013-2014 "Blue Books"- One Week Left to Order 
Sales ending soon! The 2013-2014 Directories are almost sold out and sales will officially end on April 30th

Want to order a 2013-2014 Directory before they're gone?  Go to www.mywcms.org/BlueBook and pay online or download an order form.

This is a comprehensive regional directory of physicians, produced by WCMS that:
  • Includes physicians and practices from all 16 WNC counties
  • Is pocket size for easy access
  • Has a discounted price for practices with 100% members of WCMS! 
Have questions or need to know if you're part of a 100% member practice? Email us at membership@mywcms.org
WCMS Monitoring Blue Cross Blue Shield Payment Delays
Over the past few weeks, WCMS has heard from numerous regional practices who have experienced significant delays in claims reconciliation and payment from BCBS. WCMS reached out to NCMS and NCMGMA to address these issues collectively.  Late last week BCBS issued a communique providing some explanation for the delays and actions being taken to remedy the situation.

Read letter.

If you continue to experience problems with payment, please contact me at Miriam@mywcms.org. We are monitoring the situation and poised to take action on your behalf if the problems continue.
Member Benefits- Did You Know?    
Did you know that one benefit of being a WCMS Member is:
We save you time and keep you informed?

WCMS offers educational forums with our preferred vendors and partners with MAHEC to keep you in the loop on their educational opportunities.  Check out WCMS' next educational event on April 30 on enhancing your practice's revenue!
Join DocBookMD, A Clinical Tool that Fits in Your Pocket 
DocBookMD is a clinical tool that fits in your pocket!  Download this free mobile app to send HIPAA compliant text messages to your colleagues with your smart phone phone or look up contact information with the online directory of WCMS physicians. 

WCMS staff showed this app to physicians at Mission's Doctors' Day event and 5 doctors signed up that very day.  If you'd like a 3-minute tutorial on using this app, contact membership@mywcms.org and we'd be glad to get you connected!

Or follow these steps:
  1. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Open up the app and it will guide you through the easy registration process. (To login, use the e-mail address you provided to WCMS. If you do not know, contact membership@mywcms.org for the correct e-mail address or your medical society ID number).
  3. Start using DocbookMD to contact your colleagues! 
Over ninety of your colleagues have already signed up for this free member benefit. Start communicating with them today.
What is Accountable Care? 
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 Physician's Accountable Care Toolkit (NC Edition)
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
Job Board:
Family Physician  (Our Family Doctor)
PA or FNP  (Asheville Internal Medicine)

To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad Click here.

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.  


Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director