WCMS with tagline
 The Weekly e-News of the Western Carolina Medical Society 

Preferred Vendor Programs

Learn more.

Discount Programs 

 Learn more.


Health Reform Info

Project Access

WNC Interpreter Network

Boards of Directors



April 30, 2014


In This Issue:
WCMS Forum Cancelled: 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
Road Trip! Join WCMS Colleagues for White Coat Wednesday in Raleigh
WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign Report
Political Involvement for Physicians
WCMS Member Benefit Just Got Even Better: DocbookMD Upgrade
Toward Accountable Care
CMS Breaks Silence on ICD-10
Member Announcements- Guy S. Cavaliere, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
Job Board & Classified Ads
WCMS Forum: Enhancing Revenue & Profit in Today's Medical Practice (4/30) 
This event has been canceled due to low registration numbers. It will be rescheduled in the early fall.
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.

Road Trip! Join WCMS Colleagues for White Coat Wednesday in Raleigh (5/28)
White Coat Wednesday is your chance to learn more about the ins-and-outs of the government affairs and how best to approach your legislator regarding health care issues. The NCMS will hold a briefing in the morning with tips on "dos and don'ts" in relaying your message to your legislator and on the hot-button medical and patient issues currently in the spotlight at the General Assembly.

Following this briefing, head down with NCMS staff members to the General Assembly and meet one-on-one with your legislator; take part in committee meetings and see the General Assembly in action; and begin building relationships with your legislators for the future.

To sign up, contact Miriam Schwarz at Miriam@mywcms.org or 274-2267 x 312. For more information about WCW, click here.
2014 WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign Report  
The 2014 Annual Campaign is underway.  With just over $21,000 in donations we are almost half way to our goal of $50,000.

The funds from this campaign allow the WCMS Foundation to help residents in our region who are uninsured- they are vulnerable to health crises from chronic conditions or illness. With your help, the WCMS Foundation provides access to health care for uninsured and under-insured people in need.

Please help us reach our campaign goal.  Join our Campaign division chairs in support of the WCMS Foundation and donate today.
Political Involvement for Physicians 
Click here for a primer on becoming engaged in the political process.

With deep thanks to author and WCMS Board Member Frank Moretz, MD, who has over 30 years of experience with the legislative process.
WCMS Member Benefit Just Got Even Better: DocbookMD Upgrade
You asked for it and it's finally here - DocbookMD for the PC!  In addition to our iOS and Android mobile platforms, you and your staff can communicate securely from a laptop or desktop computer with the new web version of DocbookMD.

"Mobile communication is still at the core of what DocbookMD offers, but with our new web version, our users will have the added flexibility of a communication tool that does not require a smartphone or tablet," said Tim Gueramy, MD, CEO and DocbookMD Co-Founder. "We are excited to give physicians and medical staff another way to communicate securely whenever and wherever they need to."

To access DocbookMD on the web from your laptop or desktop, simply click on this link and login using the same email and password you use to login to DocbookMD on your phone or tablet.

Contact the DocBookMD support team if you need help logging in at support@docbookmd.com or 1 (888) 930-2048.

Want to sign up for DocBookMD for the first time?  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! 
Ninety-five of your colleagues are already using this free member benefit. Start communicating with them today.
Toward Accountable Care- New Toolkit for Hospice and Palliative Care
Here is a link to the most current specialty-specific toolkit that has just been released: Accountable Care Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care.  This is the 8th toolkit produced by TAC to date.  
Others guides that are currently under development and that will be released soon include: Accountable Care Guide for Emergency Medicine Physicians,  Accountable Care Guide for Cardiologists, and Accountable Care Guide for Oncologists. The  bundled payment guide also will undergo a review by a small workgroup before it is finalized and released.
New workgroups currently are working on, a community health partners guide, and specialty guides for pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and child psychiatry.  
Member Announcements- Guy S. Cavaliere, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates 
Guy S. Cavaliere, MD, has joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. Dr. Cavaliere is a graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Cavaliere completed his anesthesiology residency training through the University of Toledo Medical Center, formerly known as the Medical College of Ohio Hospital at Toledo. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

AllCare Clinical Associates, www.allcareclinical.com, is one of the largest private physician-owned anesthesia practices serving North Carolina and provides anesthesia and pain services for over 70,000 procedures annually. The practice employs over 200 Anesthesiologists, Anesthetists and business and management professionals. AllCare Clinical Associates provides anesthesia, perioperative care and pain clinic management services for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers of all sizes. 
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


Miriam Schwarz signature


Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director