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September 10, 2014
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
OneWhoServes, Inc- Sponsor Message (Left)
Newcomers'/Cornerstones' Picnic
Severe Respiratory Illness from Enterovirus-6
Mission Hospital Building New Office in Sylva for Cancer Care Practice
New Park Ridge Campus Opens
'Today Show' Host Matt Lauer Visits Asheville to Interview Ebola Survivor
WCMS Thanks MAHEC Ob/Gyn
Review Final Rule to Determine Your CEHRT Participation Options for Program Year 2014
Dr. Toedt Detailed to IHS Headquarters
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
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: 

Asheville Radiology logo

All Care Clinical Associates
Southeastern Sports Medicine
LOCAL NEWS 
Alert from Buncombe County Dept. of Health: Severe Respiratory Illness from Enterovirus-68  
Read this alert from Dr. Jennifer Mullendore with the Buncombe County Department of Health.

Also click here for alert information for providers about EV-D68.
Mission Hospital Building New Office in Sylva for Cancer Care Practice  
"Dr. Michael Messino, a cancer specialist, will relocate his current practice from the Harris Regional Hospital campus to the new Mission facility. Messino founded the Cancer Care of WNC in 1990. There are nine physicians in the practice."

Read full article.
New Park Ridge Campus Opens
"Jason Wells with Park Ridge says the new location will consolidate more than 20 healthcare providers under one roof and with that, the campus will offer extended hours to accommodate the schedules of working patients."

Continue reading.
'Today Show' Host Matt Lauer Visits Asheville to Interview Ebola Survivor
Matt Lauer was spotted in West Asheville Tuesday, Sept. 2. Turns out that Lauer was in town to interview Kent Brantly, a survivor of the ebola epidemic that has been sweeping Africa.

Read more.
WCMS Thanks MAHEC Ob/Gyn 
WCMS staff delivered an Edible arrangement to MAHEC Ob/Gyn as a thank you gift for their 100% membership with WCMS, their participation in Project Access and for using WIN interpreters.

Thank you MAHEC Ob/Gyn for all that you do for Western Carolina!!
NATIONAL NEWS  
 
Review Final Rule to Determine Your CEHRT Participation Options for Program Year 2014
On August 29th, CMS released a final rule that allows providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

The rule grants flexibility to providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 due to delays in 2014 CEHRT availability. Providers may now use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 Edition for 2014 participation.

Beginning in 2015, all eligible providers will be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.

2014 Participation Options
Under the rule, providers are able to use 2011 Edition CEHRT, and have the option to attest to the 2013 Stage 1 meaningful use objectives and the 2013 definition CQMs.

2011 CEHRT
Providers scheduled to meet Stage 1 or Stage 2: Combination of 2011 & 2014 CEHRT
Providers scheduled to meet Stage 1: Providers scheduled to meet Stage 2:
  • 2013 Stage 1 objectives and 2013 CQMs; or
  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs; or
  • 2014 Stage 2 objectives and 2014 CQMs
2014 CEHRT
Providers scheduled to meet Stage 1:
  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs
Providers scheduled to meet Stage 2:
  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs; or
  • 2014 Stage 2 objectives and 2014 CQMs
CEHRT Flexibility Resources
To help the public understand the final rule's changes to 2014 participation, CMS has developed the following resources:
  • CEHRT Interactive Decision Tool - providers answer a few questions about their current stage of meaningful use and Edition of EHR certification, and the tool displays the corresponding 2014 options.
  • 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Chart - chart provides a visual overview of CEHRT participation options for 2014.
  • 2014 CEHRT Rule Quick Guide - guide provides corresponding resources based on the option a provider chooses to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs in 2014.
Extending Stage 2
The rule also finalizes CMS and ONC's recommended timeline to extend Stage 2 through 2016. The earliest a provider can participate in Stage 3 of meaningful use is now 2017.

For More Information
Visit the CMS Newsroom to read the press release about the final rule. For more EHR Incentive Programs resources, visit the CMS EHR website.
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
Member Announcement- Dr. Toedt Detailed to IHS Headquarters
"Dr. Michael Toedt, Cherokee Indian Hospital executive director of clinical services, has been appointed as Acting Chief Medical Information Officer for Indian Health Service.  He will be detailed to IHS Headquarters in Rockville, Md. for one year effective Wednesday, Oct. 1."

Read article.
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
Coding & AR Billing Administrator  (Asheville Radiology)
Quality Improvement Consultant  (MAHEC)
Practice Consultant  (Allergy Partners, PA)
Bookkeeper/Administrator  (WCMS)
Medical Interpreter  (WCMS)
Associate Medical Director  (Rutherford Health Center)

To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad Click here.

WCMS is a thriving 750 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,

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Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director