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February 18, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
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Register Soon: Independent Physician Affinity Group: Learn about CCNC's New Clinically Integrated Network
Save the Date: White Coat Wednesdays
Register Soon: Physician Leadership Academy
2015 WNCPA William Bruce Awards
New Regional Comprehensive Care Center to open
Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Announce New Collaboration
Last Chance to Order WCMS Physician Directories!!!
Job Board & Classified Ads
Independent Physician Affinity Group: Learn about CCNC's New Clinically Integrated Network  (March 3)
All Independent Physicians are invited to an affinity group meeting on March 3.  This is a time to network with other physicians and receive valuable information.

Topic: New Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) coming to North Carolina. Hear a brief presentation about the new CIN, Community Physicians of North Carolina (CPNC), which is faciliated by Community Care of NC (CCNC) and then engage in a question and answer session about the new CIN and other ACO-related questions.

When: Tuesday, March 3 from 6pm - 8pm

Where: Asheville Event Centre (less than one mile off I-40 exit 51)
291 Sweeten Creek Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Panel for Q&A:
  • Dr. Chip Watkins- Senior Physician Consultant with CCNC
    • Dr. Watkins will present information about the new Community Physicians of North Carolina and help answer questions about this new CIN
  • Denise Levis Hewson- Senior Vice President of Network Development and State Programs at CCNC
    • Denise will also help answer questions about this new CIN as a CCNC representative
  • Carolyn Coward- Healthcare Attorney with the Van Winkle Law Firm
    • Carolyn will help answer questions about the changing healthcare environment, specifically any legal issues or technicalities
  • Mary Williams Matthews- CPA with Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA
    • Mary will help answer questions about the changing healthcare environment, specifically any financial implications

To view panelist bios or full event information, click here

Space is limited, so please RSVP ahead of time to secure your spot.  Physician members of WCMS are encouraged to invite their physician colleagues to attend, regardless of membership status.

If you have questions or want more information, email kristina@mywcms.org.
Save the Date: White Coat Wednesdays
WCMS is coordinating two trips to Raleigh this spring for "White Coat Wednesday".  This is a time to meet with our legislators about the important healthcare topics being discussed by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Mark your calendars to attend White Coat Wednesdays in Raleigh on:
  • March 25th
  • May 13th

More details to follow! 

Register Soon: Physician Leadership Academy

Leading Healthcare Organizations: Optimizing Clinical & Financial Performance While Finding Joy in Practice

"Given the changes in the healthcare landscape and the challenges that lie ahead, there is a great sense of urgency to identify and develop physician leaders who can effectively position their organizations for success" (Len Fromer, MD, Executive Medical Director of Group Practice Forum).

MAHEC's Physician Leadership Academy is a three part curriculum designed to help physicians and advanced care practitioners realize their own leadership potential and develop the skills need to address challenges within healthcare. Built with the busy provider in mind, the curriculum is delivered using a flipped classroom model-independent readings, video presentations, assessments and inventories will be accessed online and completed prior to monthly in-person training sessions.

Course curriculum is divided into three types of leadership: Individual Leadership, Collaborative Leadership, and Organization & System Leadership. Lectures, activities, and independent self-study assignments will focus on strengthening intrapersonal and interpersonal awareness and skill, support networking and synergy, and demonstrate strategic and operational thinking.

Module 1: Individual Leadership
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Module 2: Collaborative Leadership
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Module 3: Organization & System Leadership
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Please note that MAHEC has discounted the participation fee for this Leadership Series by over 20% for WCMS members. 


WNCPA William Bruce Awards 2015 Honors Physicians and Neuropsychologist


On Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at the Grovewood Café, Asheville, the WNC Psychological Association hosted their 19th William Bruce Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Duff Rardin, Dr. Peggy Noel, and Dr. Mark Hill. The dinner began in 1994 and has since become an annual event for Western North Carolina's psychologists and physicians interested in the art of interdisciplinary collaboration.  The theme for this year was "The Reign of the Brain: Celebrating Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Psychology" with guest speaker John Boyle, "The Answer Man" and journalist for the Asheville-Citizen Times.  Deirdre Christy, Ph.D., WNCPA president presided.

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New Regional Comprehensive Care Center to Provide Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

February 2, 2015 - A Buncombe County community partnership has succeeded in securing just under $2 million in grant funding from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to open a new 24-hour urgent care center and crisis facility for mental health and addiction treatment in Asheville.

The funding was awarded through the department's Crisis Solutions Initiative, a statewide effort to improve mental health and substance use crisis services. Smoky Mountain LME/MCO (Smoky), which manages public funds for behavioral health and developmental disability services in western North Carolina, led a collaborative effort involving 22 area organizations to develop the new center. 


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Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Announce New Collaboration 

Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Associates (ARA) are announcing a new collaboration to improve patient access to state of the art, high quality, highly efficient imaging centers close to home, and to more than 40 ARA physicians.  These changes will improve access and choice for patients who may now select to have their mammography, MRI or other diagnostic services performed in the hospital-based or outpatient setting that best meets their needs.


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Last Chance to Order WCMS Blue Books!


The 2014-2015 Physician Directory is almost sold out, so order yours today!  This is a comprehensive directory of physicians, produced by WCMS that:

  • Includes physicians and practices from all 16 WNC counties
  • Is pocket size for easy access
  • Has a discounted price for practices with 100% members of WCMS! 

Practice and physician information changes frequently, so this directory has hundreds of updates from when the last book was published. 

To place an order, go to www.mywcms.org/BlueBook and pay online or download an order form.

Have questions or need to know if you're part of a 100% member practice? Email us at membership@mywcms.org.


Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board: 
Physician  (The Bariatric Clinic)
Physician  (Buncombe County Health & Human Services)
Credentialing Specialist  (AllCare Clinical Assoc)
Medical Interpreter  (WCMS)

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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
WCMS Association: WCMSA is the physicians' voice advocating for the health of the physician, the patient, and the community, through strengthening the physician-patient relationship.

WCMS Foundation: WCMSF is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness.   

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