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February 25, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Quest Diagnostics - Sponsor Message (Left)
Letter from the President
Register Now: Independent Physician Affinity Group: Learn about CCNC's New Clinically Integrated Network
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group
Save the Date: White Coat Wednesdays
Register Now: Physician Leadership Academy
Call for Primary Care Providers with Interest in IDD Population
Physicians Voice in the News - Simple Steps for Heart Health
CON Law Limits Medical Access, Boosts Costs
Message from PQRS
Newest Members to WCMS
Last Chance to Order WCMS Physician Directories!!!
Job Board & Classified Ads
President's Message: WCMS Strategic Plan for 2015

Below are excerpts from Bob Henderson's last President's message:



"The welfare of our physicians in western North Carolina is paramount.  Recent literature has declared an epidemic of physician burnout. All physicians are susceptible to burnout at some point during their careers. The Strategic Plan calls for a variety of programs that address this issue head-on. Support systems are being explored to assist physicians to avoid burnout. Plans are underway for a burnout conference. A media campaign is underway to share thoughts about finding joy and meaning in medicine. Affinity groups in which physicians center their activities based upon common interests and concerns are being expanded this year. A confidential physician wellness program is actively being explored. For those already experiencing the effects of burnout, services will be identified that can offer timely intervention in treatment for those physicians and their families affected. 


Our DNA, our identity and our long history as physicians rest with us all.  Nowhere else can we derive meaning, grounding, direction and purpose. Together there is support.Together there is strength.The WCMS Strategic Plan for 2015 advances that reality."


Bob Henderson, MD


Register Now: 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.
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group
The Early Career Affinity group is for any physician within their first 10 years of medical practice- residents and medical students are also invited!  This is a great time to enjoy good food/drinks and to connect with other physicians in your stage of career.  

When: Wednesday, March 18th 5:30 - 7:30

Where: Thirsty Monk South
            Biltmore Park in South Asheville

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 Now: 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. 


Call for Primary Care Providers with Interest in IDD Population

We are looking for adult medical care providers who are accepting of patients who have special health care needs, specifically, intellectual and developmental delays, who are transitioning from pediatric practices to adult primary care practices, adult family medicine and internal medicine. We are anticipating having at least 10 practices included in a yet-to-be developed registry. Practices will be able to set number of patients that they have capacity to serve. The providers need to be compassionate, and passionate about serving this child/patient population.  If you are interested, please email the provider's name, practice and email address to Adrienne Gilbert (contact information below) and Dr. Josh Gettinger will contact the provider to discuss the details of this initiative.


Thank you!


Best Regards,


Adrienne R. Gilbert, MPH

Innovative Approaches Coordinator, Population Health Division

Buncombe County Health & Human Services

Cell Phone: (828) 620-0982

Desk Phone: (828) 250-5156

P.O. Box 7407, Asheville, NC, 28802

Fax: (828) 250-6095

Physicians' Voice in the News   

WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice" media presentations aimed to showcase to the general public our physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health. You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.


Here is the latest release: "Three Things To Do To Improve Your Heart Health Today" written by Dr. Will McLean, MAHEC FM Resident in the "Health Today" section of Asheville Citizen Times. 



"Keep that heart from breaking! In honor of February, American Heart Month, here are three "bang-for-your-buck" suggestions for improving your heart health - and one suggestion for improving your doctor."


Click here to read more


Study: CON Law Limits Medical Access, Boosts Costs

N.C. has 4th-most regulated services in nation 

RALEIGH - North Carolina has fewer hospital beds and MRI scanners than other states, and restrains psychiatric services because of a regulatory process that protects legacy health care providers, says a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia.


Click here to read more

PQRS - Don't Leave Your Money on the Table!

Did you know you could still participate in PQRS for 2014 and not only receive your 0.5% reimbursement based on charges for covered services billed in 2014, but also avoid the 2.0% penalty next year? The deadline for reporting is now as late as March 13th with some vendors. 

 Click here to read more

New Members to WCMS
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? 

Send us an email

Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board: 

Practice Manager (Hendersonville Ob/Gyn Associates)
Hospitalist (MAHEC)
Physician  (The Bariatric Clinic)
Physician  (Buncombe County Health & Human Services)
Credentialing Specialist  (AllCare Clinical Assoc)
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
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.  


Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director