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August 20, 2014
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Quest Diagnostics- Sponsor Message (Left)
Am I Getting Paid for Everything I Do?
Update on Biltmore Family Medicine
N.C. to Miss $51 Billion in Federal Money
Mission Health Expands in Haywood County
Q&A with Dr. Robert Fields about the New Mission Health Partners Network
Park Ridge Health Ribbon Cutting
A Reminder of Depression's Deadly Possibilities
Health Alert about Ebola Guidance for NC Providers
Resident Salary and Debt Report 2014
Number of Poviders Facing Stage 2 EHR Hurdle Puts Billions at Stake
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


LOCAL NEWS 
Update on Biltmore Family Medicine  
After the fire that devastated Biltmore Family Medicine's office building, Dr. Anderson's office now has a new location.

New Address:  141 Asheland Ave, Ste 100, Asheville, NC 28801

Read more.
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.
Mission Health Expands in Haywood County
Mission Health System is expanding in Haywood County with a medical office building that will offer more primary care, specialty care, imaging and laboratory services.

Read article.
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
Park Ridge Health Ribbon Cutting   
"The CEO says the ribbon cutting sets the stage for the doors to open for primary care, family practice, internal medicine and several specialists in a prime location."

Read article
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. 
Health Alert about Ebola Guidance for NC Providers   
Buncombe County Health and Human Services Medical Director, Jennifer Mullendore, MD, MSPH, shares a Health Alert about updated Ebola guidance for NC Providers and laboratories. 

The updated Ebola guidance from NC DHHS includes:
  • definitions of high-risk and low-risk exposures;
  • laboratory guidance;
  • infection prevention guidance from CDC; and
  • information about assessment and monitoring of persons with Ebola exposure.
IMPORTANT:  Remember that physicians are required to contact their local health department (for Buncombe County Disease Control, 828-250-5109; available 24/7) or the state Communicable Disease Branch (919-733-3419; 24/7) as soon as Ebola or any other hemorrhagic fever virus infection is reasonably suspected.  

Click here to read full the guidance document on Ebola.
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
Resident Salary and Debt Report 2014
Medical school debt is a hot topic, so Medscape set out to focus more closely on medical residents' salary, debt, and their overall experiences in residency. More than 1200 residents across 25 specialties took part in an online survey; the recruitment period ran from June 20, 2014 through July 7, 2014. All participants were enrolled in a US medical resident program.

View the Medscape results.
Number of Poviders Facing Stage 2 EHR Hurdle Puts Billions at Stake
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
Practice Consultant  (Allergy Partners, PA)
Bookkeeper/Administrator  (WCMS)
Medical Interpreter  (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.  

Sincerely,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director