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September 3, 2014
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Southeastern Sports Medicine- Sponsor Message (Left)
Early Career Physicians' Night
Newcomers'/Cornerstones' Picnic
WCMS Attends NCMS Legislative Forum in Raleigh
WCMS CEO Attends Local Debate
Police: Biltmore Family Medicine Fire Suspicious
A New Face for Charity Care
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession
AllCare Clinical Associates Names Dr. William E. Corcoran as Partner
Job Board & Classified Ads
Early Career Physicians' Night (9/9) 
Trailhead Restaurant & Bar, Black Mountain
Tuesday, September 9th, 6-8pm

All WNC physicians within the first 10 years of practice (residents and fellows are welcome!) - join your peers for an evening of casual conversation and good brews/food. Check out the Trailhead website for more info on the location!

RSVP Now!  (Please RSVP if possible so we can reserve enough space)
2014 Newcomers'/Cornerstones' Picnic (9/28) 
Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon to welcome new physicians to Western North Carolina and celebrate physicians who have served our community for 30+ years.

We've combined two of our most treasured and celebrated events into one- the annual Newcomers' Picnic and our Cornerstones' Picnic (formerly known as the bi-annual Shrimp Picnic).

When: Sunday, September 28th  4:00-7:00pm
Where: Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, NC
Food: Buffet dinner provided along with beer and wine.  Plus s'mores at the outdoor fire pit!
Activities: Wagon ride, petting farm animals, cornhole and other outdoor games and a short presentation to welcome the Newcomer physicians and honor the Cornerstone physicians!                                   

This event is free to attend, but please RSVP ahead of time.  RSVP Now.


Thanks to our sponsors: 

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All Care Clinical Associates
Southeastern Sports Medicine
WCMS Attends NCMS Legislative Forum in Raleigh 
Last Thursday CEO Miriam Schwarz attended a legislative forum at NCMS, at which participants from around the state discussed the upcoming elections and the most hotly contested NC House and Senate races. In our neck of the woods, those would be the following (all House of Representatives):
  • Moffit vs. Turner (Buncombe)
  • Ramsey vs. Ager (Buncombe)
  • Presnell vs. Hicks (Haywood, Yancey Madison)
WCMS intends to conduct a "virtual" debate by interviewing WNC House and Senate candidates regarding their positions of various issues of importance to the house of medicine and publishing responses on our website later this fall. Also, NCMS PAC will make recommendations regarding best bets for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals candidates.
WCMS CEO Attends Local Debate 
Last Friday, Miriam attended the debate between Ramsey/Ager and Moffit/Turner at AB Tech Enka campus, hosted by CIBO. Feel free to contact Miriam for more information at 274-2267 x312.

Remember that your vote is critical. Please case your vote on November 4. If you can't get away from work to vote, then vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballot voting begins Friday, Sept. 5. Voter registration deadline is October 10. One-stop early voting begins October 23.
Police: Biltmore Family Medicine Fire Suspicious
"The fire at 1 St. Dunstans Road just off Biltmore Avenue was reported around 3:15 a.m. on Aug. 3. It appears to have started on a deck near the main entrance to the office or just inside the front door.

The Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force ruled the fire suspicious. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050. Calls are anonymous."

Continue reading.
A New Face for Charity Care (WCMS' Project Access referenced in article!)
By Maia Crawford, Center for Health Care Strategies
J. Robin Moon, Grameen PrimaCare
Euny Lee, Grameen PrimaCare

"While the adult uninsurance rate has significantly declined under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Congressional Budget Office estimates 11 percent of the population - about 31 million individuals - will remain uninsured in 2024. As a result, charity care programs, which provide free or low-cost health care to individuals not eligible for affordable health insurance, will continue to play an important role in the in the U.S. health care system.

To remain viable and best meet the needs of local populations, charity care programs must adapt to the changing health care environment. To do this, existing charity care programs are assuming additional responsibilities and altering their business models, while new programs are emerging to target specific groups unable to access ACA coverage. .. many charity care programs-including Portico Healthnet in Minnesota and the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation's Project Access in North Carolina- have invested resources in becoming enrollment assisters, helping connect their members and other uninsured individuals with new insurance options." 

Read more here.
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession 
Great quote: "I believe this is the key to coping with the stresses of contemporary medicine: identifying what is important to you, what you believe in and what you will fight for."

Read article.
Member Announcement- AllCare Clinical Associates Names Dr. William E. Corcoran as Partner 
William E. Corcoran, V, MD, has been named a partner of AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. He joined the practice in 2011 and specializes in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia.    

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Corcoran received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Corcoran completed his residency training in anesthesiology and a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Corcoran is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the Western Carolina Medical Society.

AllCare Clinical Associates, www.allcareclinical.com, is one of the largest private physician-owned anesthesia practices serving North Carolina and employs over 200 Anesthesiologists, Anesthetists and business and management professionals. AllCare Clinical Associates provides anesthesia, pain clinic management services and perioperative care for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers of all sizes. 
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)
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

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director