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June 25, 2014


WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Inaugural Primary Care Affinity Group Meeting (6/26)
WCMS attends 2nd White Coat Wednesday in Raleigh!
Physicians' Voice in the News
DocbookMD used by ACOs
From NCMS: Accountable Care Guide Now Available!re Guides for Cardiologists and Oncologists Now Available!
Member Announcement: Thomas R. Hill, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
Job Board & Classified Ads
Inaugural Primary Care Affinity Group Meeting (6/26) 
Join us for our new Primary Care Physicians Affinity Group for an evening of education and networking featuring:

Primary Care Physicians - To Be or Not To Be - in an ACO, CIN, IPA
A frank one-on-one discussion with Carolyn Coward, a health care attorney with Van Winkle Law Firm, about the issues challenging primary care physicians in the wake of health care reform.

When: Thursday June 26, 2014
From 6pm - 8pm

Where: Eleanora W. Meloun Community Education Room
Blue Ridge Community Health Services
2579 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Because WCMS is now a regional medical society, we are holding the first Primary Care Affinity Group meeting in Henderson county.  Future meetings of Affinity Groups may be held in various locations throughout WNC, but are open to all WCMS members.

WCMS attends 2nd White Coat Wednesday in Raleigh!
WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz and member physicians Drs. Diane Hankes (AllCare) and Dave Pucci (Asheville Pulmonology) travelled to Raleigh on June 18th to participate in WCMS' second White Coat Wednesday.  We met with Senators Apodaca and Jim Davis, Rep. Roger West, had a hallway conversation with Rep. Joe Sam Queen, and left messages for 6 other WNC legislators. The focus of our discussion was the Senate and House budgets and Medicaid Reform. We emphasized that Medicaid Reform should be a physician-led solution that incentivizes higher quality care for lower total cost, and NOT a Managed Care solution that will likely result in decreased access to care for patients and lower reimbursement to physicians. Abandoning value-based care for corporate managed care will wind up costing more for the State.

Dr. Pucci notes, "I was very pleased at how receptive the legislators were during our discussions.  Even if we didn't necessarily agree they were willing to discuss their viewpoint and hear ours.  What was also very evident is that they need our guidance."

Full story at: http://www.mywcms.org/News-and-Events/Newsroom/WCMS-Goes-Back-to-Raleigh-for-Second-White-Coat-We/

Want to see who what we're doing and who we're meeting with in Raleigh?   Follow us on Twitter! 

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: CT, MRI, ultrasound or X-ray? Which one is the right choice? by Dr. Bryon Dickerson

You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.
DocbookMD used by ACOs 
Read the latest article from iHealthBeat, "ACOs Tackle Security Challenges," featuring DocbookMD and learn how DocbookMD is helping connect physicians in the MHMD Memorial Hermann Physician Network, an ACO in Houston.

Sharing is typically a good thing, but in the IT world it also introduces the risk of data loss. So it shouldn't be surprising that accountable care organizations - groups founded on the premise that exchanging data among providers will improve patient care - are viewed as potentially vulnerable.

A study conducted by Ponemon Institute, a privacy and data protection research center, found that two-thirds of the health care organizations that are part of an ACO said the risks to patient privacy and security have increased "due to the exchange of patient health information among participants."

Read more.
From NCMS: Accountable Care Guide Now Available!
The most recent specialty guide to be released is the Accountable Care Guide for Emergency Medicine Physicians. It can be found on the TAC website under resources; or accessed more directly here.

The next guide to be released will be on bundled payments. 
Member Announcement: Thomas R. Hill, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates 
Thomas R. Hill, MD, has joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. He attended undergraduate/graduate programs at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hill received his medical degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed his anesthesiology residency training through Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining AllCare Clinical Associates, Dr. Hill was employed as an anesthesiologist with Western Piedmont Anesthesia in Conover, North Carolina.

Dr. Hill is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, North Carolina Medical Society and the American Heart Association.

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:
Billing Supervisor (Family Practice)
Front Office Receptionist (Asheville Neurology)
Practice Manager  (Mountain Kidney & Hypertension)
Certified Application Counselor  (WCMS)

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

WCMS is a thriving 700-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

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Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director