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July 30, 2014

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WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Am I Getting Paid for Everything I Do?
MAHEC Job Fair
New Members to WCMS
WCMS Stands in Support of House Bill 1181 (Physician-led A.C.O.)
Mission HealthPartners Website
Pardee Joins Mission Health Partners Accountable Care Organization
WCU, Mission Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Nursing Care Quality in Rural WNC
What has WCMS Done for You Recently? Strategic Plan Update!
NC Budget Deal Includes Teacher Raises, but no Medicaid Overhaul
NCMS Leadership College Taking Applications
Medscape EHR Report 2014 - How Physicians Rate their EHRs
WCMS' DocbookMD One-Stop Mobile Platform Connects Physicians to Any Health Network
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Am I Getting Paid for Everything I Do? (9/2)  
We are commonly asked this question.  It is also a question we regularly hear in our discussions with other managers and practices.  This presentation will focus on how to answer this question for your healthcare practice.  We will provide analytical tools that you can take back to your practice and utilize within your organization.

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: Tuesday, September 2nd
6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Where: Asheville Chamber of Commerce
Lenoir-Rhyne Boardroom

 

Other: Hors d'ouevres and beverages will be provided.

  

RSVP Here.

 

Sponsored by Med Mutual

MAHEC Job Fair (9/17) 
MAHEC invites you to reserve a table at their upcoming job fair for residents and fellows.  Information below:

Click here to download the registration form.   
LOCAL NEWS 
New Members to WCMS  
WCMS Stands in Support of House Bill 1181 (Physician-led A.C.O.)

 

The Western Carolina Medical Society joined forces with the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina OB/GYN Society to strongly support HB 1181, the North Carolina Medicaid Modernization plan.  This bill represents a physician led A.C.O. option which will better serve the people of North Carolina than does the Senate M.C.O. proposed legislation.  House Bill 1181 was created through a cooperative endeavor of legislators in consultation with the medical community and the state's Health and Human Resources Committee.  It has the support of the Governor.  This bill demonstrates several strengths over the Senate's M.C.O. proposal.  It will improve patient care and assure better budgetary predictability and control. 
 
Several states have legislated managed care corporations to manage their Medicaid.  Studies have demonstrated that these M.C.O. plans have created patient delays in obtaining care and adversarial relationships between the M.C.O. and the medical community striving to provide medical care, thus compromising access and quality of care.
 
Simply put, HB 1181 places the patient's access to care and quality of that care first.  The Senate's plan places control of Medicaid outside the state and can place corporate interests and profits over the welfare of patients.
 
Mission HealthPartners Website 
Want to know more about the Clinically Integrated Network and learn more about Mission HealthPartners? Go to www.mission-health.org/mhp.
Pardee Joins Mission Health Partners Accountable Care Organization
"Under the current fee-for-service model, Kiskaddon explained that physicians are rewarded for 'every procedure, every hospital surgery and every wart removed.' In essence, the fee-for-service model rewards quantity rather than quality."

Read more.
WCU, Mission Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Nursing Care Quality in Rural WNC
What has WCMS Done for You Recently? Strategic Plan Update!
In August of 2013, WCMS embarked on its second year of aspiration-driven strategic planning. Over 70 individuals were interviewed from our key community partners across WNC. On October 28th, 47 of our key partners participated in a town hall meeting to discuss the thematic results of the interviews. Participants broke into key partner groups and wrote strategies based on the thematic findings. Both the Association and Foundation Boards of Directors along with WCMS staff subsequently prioritized the strategies in accordance with our mission, while insuring that the final, approved plan represented input from all key community partners.

Here is our second quarterly report for 2014. Note that you can click on the table of contents to jump to a section of interest to you. I welcome all feedback at Miriam@mywcms.org.
STATE NEWS  
 
NC Budget Deal Includes Teacher Raises, but no Medicaid Overhaul

RALEIGH - House and Senate budget writers reached agreement Tuesday on a $21.3 billion state spending plan that averts significant cuts to Medicaid but leaves unresolved a major overhaul of the health insurance program for the poor.

 

Read article.

NCMS Leadership College Taking Applications
Click here for details.
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
Medscape EHR Report 2014 - How Physicians Rate their EHRs  
WCMS' DocbookMD One-Stop Mobile Platform Connects Physicians to Any Health Network
DocbookMD, built by physicians for physicians, is a rapidly growing HIPAA-secure messaging application for smartphones, tablets and PC/Macs with over 24,000 physician users across 41 states. By putting doctors in control of the technology and transcending practice settings and other medical technology solutions, DocbookMD enables the kind of immediate, secure communication that can change the face of healthcare.  Read article.

WCMS offers DocBookMD to members. For more info, click here.
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
General Internist  (Carolina Internal Medicine Assoc)
Physician Assistant  (FastMed Urgent Care)
Certified Medical Assistant  (North Buncombe Family Medicine)
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