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July 2, 2014

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WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Park Ridge Health Purchases Four Seasons Cinema Site
FAQs on Mission's New ACO
MedWest Haywood Reopens After Fire
Henderson County Hospital Competition
Affordable Care Act Alters WNC Health Landscape
Buncombe County's Collaborative Work to Close the Health Equity Gap Gains National Recognition
NC State Budget Negotiations Going Nowhere
DocbookMD used by ACOs
From NCMS: Accountable Care Guide Now Available!re Guides for Cardiologists and Oncologists Now Available!
Job Board & Classified Ads
LOCAL NEWS 
Park Ridge Health Purchases Four Seasons Cinema Site 
"The former site of the Four Seasons Cinema, which is located 1.5 miles away from Pardee Hospital, now belongs to the Fletcher-based hospital Park Ridge Health and will be transformed into a health facility."

Continue reading.  
FAQs on Mission's New ACO
Read the FAQs on Mission's new ACO, Mission Health Partners.
MedWest Haywood Reopens After Fire  
"The Emergency Department at MedWest Haywood reopened for patient care today, less than two weeks after an electrical fire resulted in relocation of all patients in the main hospital."

Continue reading.
Henderson County Hospital Competition  
"Like pieces on a chessboard, the moves continue in the ongoing rivalry and struggle for market share between Henderson County's two hospitals."

Read full article.
Affordable Care Act Alters WNC Health Landscape
Buncombe County's Collaborative Work to Close the Health Equity Gap Gains National Recognition
"Buncombe County is one of six winners of the 2014 RWJF
Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)."

Continue reading.
STATE NEWS  
 
NC State Budget Negotiations Going Nowhere  
"NOPE, NOPE, NOPE: Senate leaders disposed of a House effort to break the budget stalemate without a vote Monday night"

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ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
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. 
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
Certified Medical Assistant  (North Buncombe Family Medicine)
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

We hope you enjoy our weekly e-newsletter. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.  

Sincerely,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director