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August 13, 2014
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Southeastern Sports Medicine- Sponsor Message (Left)
Helping Improve Immunization Rates in Buncombe County
Am I Getting Paid for Everything I Do?
Update on Biltmore Family Medicine
Transylvania Regional Announces New President
Obama Signs $16 Billion VA Health Care Bill Into Law
Physician Compensation Report 2014
Job Board & Classified Ads
MAHEC CME Events (Now - November)
MAHEC and WCMS are committed to improving the health of persons in WNC through health provider education. To that end, WCMS will now post on our centralized website calendar MAHEC's CME offerrings.

Click here to see the calendar.

Next events:
Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Providers (8/14)
Pain Management (8/15)
Helping Improve Immunization Rates in Buncombe County (8/26) 
For the past several school years, Buncombe County has had the highest immunization exemption rate for kindergarteners in NC -- at least 5 times higher than the state average. During last school year, over 4% of our county's kindergarteners had not received all their required vaccinations. Most of these children's parents claimed a non-medical reason for not vaccinating their children.

As you know, this places our community at a significant risk of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak. The decision to not vaccinate is often fueled by misinformation and miscommunication in the media and among parents.

One study showed that a 20 second conversation with a physician can make the difference in helping a parent to decide to immunize.

Join Dr. Susan Mims, Frank Castelblanco and I for a special event at MAHEC on Tuesday, August 26 from 6-7pm.  A light supper will be provided as well as CEU credit.  Click here for event information.
Please join us. The health of our community depends on all of us speaking out strongly in support of immunizations.

Jennifer Mullendore, MD, MSPH
Medical Director
Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services
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.


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Update on Biltmore Family Medicine  
"News 13 has an update on the fire that destroyed the home of an Asheville medical practice earlier this week."

Read article.
Transylvania Regional Announces New President
Catherine Landis, a registered nurse, will take on the dual leadership role as part of a systemwide restructuring recently announced by Mission Health.

Read article.
Obama Signs $16 Billion VA Health Care Bill Into Law
"President Obama signed legislation Thursday that tries to mend the broken Veterans Affairs system, providing money to improve facilities and hire more medical staff, along with allowing more veterans to use private facilities. The bill is aimed at cutting veterans' long wait times for health care."

Read full article
Physician Compensation Report 2014
Over 24,000 physicians in 25 specialties responded to this year's Medscape Compensation Report and described their compensation, number of hours worked, practice changes resulting from healthcare reform, and adaptations to the new healthcare environment.

Results include physician compensation comparisons between specialties, gender and employment, breakdown of time spent with patients, career satisfaction stats and more.

View the Medscape results.
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
Practice Consultant  (Allergy Partners, PA)
Bookkeeper/Administrator  (WCMS)
Insurance Clerk  (Asheville Arthritis & Osteoporosis)
Receptionist  (Asheville Arthritis & Osteoporosis)
Associate Medical Director  (Rutherford Health Center)
General Internist  (Carolina Internal Medicine Assoc)
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.  


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director