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October 1, 2014
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Van Winkle Law Firm- Sponsor Message (Left)
NC State Candidate Forums
Bienneial Cardiovascular Symposium
Women in Medicine Affinity Group
Lead Through Change: The Healthcare Issue
2014 Newcomers/Cornerstones Picnic- A Great Event!
Alert from BCDH: Report Cases of Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness
Mission Health Budget Statement
Flat Rock Family Health Center to Close
Veterans Offer Complaints, Praise for Asheville VA
NC Lawmakers Look to Other States for Medicaid Restructuring Ideas
NC Medical Board Seeks Comment on Telemedicine and Prescribing Policy Changes
A Local Physician is Ahead of the Curve Using Patient Portals to Achieve Meaningful Use
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
NC State Candidate Forums (10/2) & (10/9) 
Thursday, Oct. 2nd 7pm at Western Carolina University
  • NC Senate candidates Jim Davis and Jane Hipps to debate
    • District 50 includes Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Macon, Jackson, Haywood and Swain Counties.
Thursday, Oct. 9th  6-8 pm at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center (258 Livingston St., Asheville, NC 28801)
  • Candidates for NC State Senate (Districts 48 and 49):
    • District 48 is Henderson County: Apodaca (R incumbent) debating Rick Wood (D candidate).
    • District 49 is Buncombe County: Terry Van Duyn (D incumbent) vs. Mark Crawford (R candidate).
  • Candidates for NC House of Representatives (Districts 115 and 116):
    • District 115 is Buncombe County: Ramsey (R incumbent) vs. Ager (D candidate)
    • District 116 is Buncombe County: Moffitt (R incumbent) vs. Turner (D candidate)
Click here for more information.
Bienneial Cardiovascular Symposium (10/3)   
Audience: Physicians, including primary care providers, hospitalists and specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, APRNs, RNs, LPNs and other interested health professionals.

Description: Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the US.  This conference is designed to provide an update on new advances and areas of interest in cardiology for primary care providers, nurses, and other interested health professionals.

When: Friday, October 3, 8:00am - 5:40pm
Where: DoubleTree Hotel, Biltmore Village, Asheville

CME and CEU credit available.

Download the event brochure for more information and registration.
Women in Medicine Affinity Group (10/15)  
Join the WCMS Women In Medicine Section on Wednesday, October 15th at 6:00pm at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, downtown Asheville.

Come join us for a relaxing evening of good wine, great conversation with your fellow female physicians and a discussion about understanding financial reporting led by Mary Williams Matthews of Johnson Price Sprinkle.

Register now.
Lead Through Change: The Healthcare Issue (11/12)  
This event offers access to high quality leadership experts that will equip those affected by dramatic shifts in the healthcare industry with immediate, proven ideas and techniques designed to help them Lead Through Change.

Live in Asheville, Broadcast across the nation.

Speakers include Dr. John Maxwell, Tom Daschle, Dr. William H. Frist and Dr. Ronald A. Paulus.

Click here for more information.
LOCAL NEWS 
2014 Newcomers/Cornerstones Picnic- A Great Event! 
The 2014 Picnic to welcome Newcomers & honor Cornerstone physicians was this Sunday.  We had over 150 physicians and family members in attendance!  It was a great time.  Lookout for more photos in next week's Vital Signs! 
Alert from BCDH: Report Cases of Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children  
The CDC is working with medical and public health professionals in Colorado to investigate a cluster of 9 children hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology.

Patients who meet the following case definition should be reported to your local health department (828-250-5109 for Buncombe County) or to the 24/7 Communicable Disease Branch epidemiologist on call at 919-733-3419:

Patients ≤21 years of age with:
  • Acute onset of focal limb weakness occurring on or after August 1, 2014; AND
  • An MRI showing a spinal cord lesion largely restricted to gray matter.

Click here for full alert information.  

Mission Health Budget Statement
Statement from Ronald Paulus:
"As Mission Health finalizes its budget process for fiscal year 2015, we know that many in our community are looking to us for indications of the strength of our system, and ultimately, our ability to provide quality healthcare to people close to where they live and work.  We take this responsibility and privilege very, very seriously.  
 
Earlier today, we shared a video (link below) with our Mission Health family highlighting the challenging budget process.  In the end, we were able to improve our financial performance by $52 million to offset federal and state reimbursement cuts while providing our deserving caregivers merit increases and making important investments in our system and our community.  We now have an approved 2015 budget that achieves an improved operating margin and that not only maintains, but expands Mission Health's mission and vision."

Click here to read more and watch Paulus' video.
Flat Rock Family Health Center to Close
Veterans Offer Complaints, Praise for Asheville VA
About 40 veterans came out for a "town hall" meeting at the Charles George VA Medical Center Thursday evening, offering a mixture of praise for caring staffers and complaints about access and service.

Read article.
STATE NEWS 
 
NC Lawmakers Look to Other States for Medicaid Restructuring Ideas
North Carolina lawmakers want to consult with other states on how they've restructured their Medicaid systems to provide better and more cost-effective care.

The desire to look at alternative management structures comes as the top official over North Carolina's Medicaid division continues to assert that the health insurance program for the poor and disabled is best housed exactly where it is today, in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Read more here.
NC Medical Board Seeks Comment on Telemedicine and Prescribing Policy Changes
The NCMB is seeking comment on proposed changes to its official Position Statements entitled, "Telemedicine" and "Contact with patients before prescribing." The proposed revisions came out of the Board's recent consideration of its telemedicine position statement, including feedback gathered from stakeholders during a roundtable discussion on Aug. 20.

Send comments via email to telemedicine@ncmedboard.org by end of business on Nov. 5.  Please indicate "telemedicine" in the subject line of your email.

Read more.
ITEMS OF INTEREST 
 
WCMS - A Local Physician is Ahead of the Curve Using Patient Portals to Achieve Meaningful Use
Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board:
Orthopedic Joint Replacement Surgeon  (Pardee Hospital)
Family Physician  (North Buncombe Family Medicine)
Coding & AR Billing Administrator  (Asheville Radiology)
Quality Improvement Consultant  (MAHEC)
Medical Interpreter  (WCMS)

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