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  Community Pulse- August 2014
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In This Issue:
Southeastern Sports Medicine- Sponsor Message (Left)
Celebrate 40 Years for MAHEC
New Members to WCMS
WCMS Foundation Chair's Message
Physicians' Voice in the News
County, Pardee Agree to Lease, Not Buy, Joint Outpatient Center
Cancer Center Will Bring 'Advanced Care' to WNC
Mission Moving In: Haywood Regional Facing Battle over Home Turf
Making Health Care History: A Q&A with Dr. Robert Fields
Hospital Facing Cuts, Jobs at Risk
N.C. to Miss $51 Billion in Federal Money
Faces of the Uninsured Video
A Reminder of Depression's Deadly Possibilities
North Carolina State Budget
Job Board & Classified Ads



The Community Pulse e-Newsletter is designed for community members and non-member physicians. We choose selected important news and information items to share with you, so you are able to stay in-the-know on topics of interest to you.

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Celebrate 40 Years for MAHEC
Please join us to celebrate
40 years of excellence in education and healthcare.

Saturday, September 13, 2014
5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus
121 Hendersonville Rd 
Asheville, North Carolina

Local cuisine, beer and wine 
'Unspoken Tradition' will perform 
This celebration is family friendly  
Casual attire

$50 per adult  
$10 children ages 6-12 
Children 5 and under are free 
Patron Sponsors starting at $250  
Please purchase tickets by August 29th

Click here to purchase tickets.

Questions or sponsorship opportunities:
828-771-4203 or Mahec40years@mahec.net 

New Members to WCMS   
WCMS Foundation Chair's Message     
 "In January of this year, I rose early on a beautiful snowy morning to gather with others and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. It was a time to reflect on his life and examine my own. Dr. King sought equality through changing his America peacefully from the inside out. He is undoubtedly one of America's greatest leaders and an inspiration to the world. He did not achieve his goals of justice and equality through separation and not participating or dropping out, but by changing the system from within.

As I examine my role as a primary care provider and WCMS Foundation chair, I too would like to inspire change. Within the complicated world of medicine, I see the role of WCMS--our regional medical society-- to be uniting,  helping us to find common ground..."

Continue reading this letter by Jim Early, MD (Chair, WCMS Foundation) 
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: "Buncombe County Ranks Lowest for Immunizations in NC" by Dr. Jennifer Mullendore.

You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website
County, Pardee Agree to Lease, Not Buy, Joint Outpatient Center   
"Pardee CEO Jay Kirby told commissioners "circumstances have changed" since the two hospitals agreed to share land, building ownership and governance at the joint venture. Pardee's board no longer wants to purchase half of the current outpatient building, a decision that commissioners ratified with a 4-0 vote."

Read article
Cancer Center Will Bring 'Advanced Care' to WNC
"Cancer patients won't have to drive to Chapel Hill for advanced therapies once Pardee Hospital opens a state-of-the-art cancer center within a new medical education facility here, hospital President Jay Kirby told county commissioners Wednesday."

Read article.
Mission Moving In: Haywood Regional Facing Battle over Home Turf
"Mission Health plans to expand its presence in Haywood County with a large medical complex housing doctors' offices and a line of healthcare services.

The move is unwelcome competition for Haywood Regional Medical Center. But to Mission, it's a reflection of "the strong preference that many Haywood County residents" have already shown by traveling to Asheville."

Read the article from Smoky Mountain News.
Making Health Care History: A Q&A with Dr. Robert Fields about the New Mission Health Partners Network
"The way we experience health care is changing. And regardless of your politics, not many would argue that there is room for improvement. Mission Health, in conjunction with MAHEC and independent physicians, is responding to those changes with a new, integrative model of care called Mission Health Partners. Xpress spoke with Dr. Robert Fields, quality director of Mission Medical Associates, to find out more about how Mission Health Partners will change patient care, payment structures and, ultimately, the way people experience health care."

Read the Q&A from Mountain Xpress
Hospital Facing Cuts, Jobs at Risk  
Mission Health System will cut costs by $42 million next year under a reorganization plan that could mean layoffs.
Read Asheville Citizen-Times article.

Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH), part of Mission, is being asked to make $1.5 million in cuts.

The Transylvania Times sat down with interim TRH President Craig James Thursday to discuss the budget cuts and what it means for TRH, the employees who work there and the community members who rely on the hospitals services for their health.
Read Transylvania Times article/interview.
N.C. to Miss $51 Billion in Federal Money 
North Carolina will miss $51 billion in federal payments over the next decade unless lawmakers expand Medicaid under Obamacare, according to a new report.  Hospitals in the state would get $11.3 billion of that amount...

The report comes as hospitals across the nation are laying off workers. The health care sector cut 52,638 jobs nationally last year, making it second only to the financial industry in layoffs.

Mission Health System in Asheville has warned of possible layoffs this year as it restructures.

Continue reading
Faces of the Uninsured Video   
Meet a local cancer survivor who was uninsured, whose life was saved by Project Access, and who is now insured via insurance marketplace thanks to WCMS Certified Application Counselors. She was "lucky" that she was poor enough to qualify for subsidies in the insurance marketplace. The terrible irony is if she'd been TOO poor she would not have qualified for federal subsidies nor would she be eligible for state Medicaid because North Carolina opted to not expand Medicaid. Local physician volunteer programs like Project Access continue to be absolutely critical to our community.

Watch video 
A Reminder of Depression's Deadly Possibilities  
"Robin Williams' tragic death by suicide reminds us that depression can be a deadly illness. Celebrity suicide can have a contagious effect, especially among teenagers, so we need to be alert about signs of depression among our teens and seek treatment if depressive symptoms are present..."

Read the column written by Dr. Stephen Buie, Psychiatrist.  

North Carolina State Budget  
North Carolina's General Assembly finalized a $21 billion spending plan for education, public health, transportation and other government services.
Read the article summarizing the budget.

While there has been much reporting on the 7 percent teacher pay raises included in the budget plan, it is also important to understand the numerous changes and cuts made to the Medicaid program affecting physicians and patients.
Read the budget information provided by NCMS.   

Job Board  

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
(828) 274-2267 ext. 312