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March 18, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA

In This Issue:
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Tonight's Early Career Affinity Group Cancelled
Register Now: White Coat Wednesdays
Register Now: Physician Leadership Academy
MAHEC CME (March and April)
WCMS is Gearing Up for Doctor's Day!
Buncombe County Public Health Updates
New Leader Selected for McDowell County
Physicians' Voice in the News
SGR Update
Prevent Diabetes STAT
A $10,169 Blood Test is Everything Wrong with American Health Care
Job Board & Classified Ads
Early Career Affinity Group Cancelled for 3/18

So many of our Early Career Affinity Group members were unable to attend tonight that we have decided to reschedule for April 29th. Save the date. You'll receive a formal invitation soon. 

It's not too late: Join WCMS Colleagues for White Coat Wednesday in Raleigh (3/25)

White Coat Wednesday is your chance to impact the future of healthcare legislation and learn more about the ins-and-outs of government affairs. Join other WNC physicians on Wednesday, March 25th on a trip to Raleigh where you'll be briefed by NCMS in the morning with tips on speaking to legislators and on the hot-button medical issues currently in the spotlight at the General Assembly.


Following this briefing, head down to the General Assembly and meet with WNC legislators; view committee meetings and see the legislature in action. 


To join our WNC delegation, email Miriam Schwarz or 274-2267 x 1312. The more physicians who can attend to represent our region, the more impact our voice can have on important healthcare topics like stopping the retroactive 3% cut to Medicaid, achieving Medicaid reform and/or expansion, addressing mental health reform and more!


WCMS is planning a second White Coat Wednesday on May 13. If you are unable to attend the March 25 event, save the date for May 13 and head to Raleigh with us then.

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. 


Click here to download brochure

MAHEC CME (March and April)
MAHEC regularly provides courses for CME credit.
Check out our website calendar to see upcoming opportunities. Here are the next few events:

3/19 - Motivational Interviewing (Evening)
3/24 - Dementia Care (Evening)
4/16 - Motivational Interviewing (Evening)
4/30 - Parkinson Disease (Evening) 

WCMS is Gearing Up for Doctor's Day!

For Doctor's Day (March 30th) we are running radio spots on ESPN and Mix 96.5 between March 9-30th. Take a listen to one of the spots just recorded with Mary Williams Matthews of Johnson Price Sprinkle by Asheville Radio Group here (Click here to listen). We will also have announcements on WCQS between March 27-30th. 

WCMS has written an article about Doctor's Day that has been sent to media outlets around WNC. You can read that article here. We'll be out at Park Ridge Health for breakfast and at Cherokee Indian Hospital for lunch. We look forward to the opportunity to thank WNC physicians on March 30.  

Also, please be aware that Dr. Ed Diez is one of 10 finalists for the North Carolina Doctor of the Year award.

Voting has begun. We want Dr. Diez to win by a landslide.


Click here to vote 

Public Health Updates from Buncombe County Health Department

  • The Buncombe County Health Department will be temporarily relocating clinic services during renovation of 40 Coxe Ave. We will be relocating to 53 South French Broad effective March 31st at 1pm. Click here to read more

New Leader Selected for McDowell Hospital

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2015) - McDowell Hospital will welcome a new leader on March 23. Carol C. Wolfenbarger, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE, will join the hospital as President, stepping into the role following the departure of Lynn Boggs in December.


Click here to read more

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: Dr. Shannon Dowler (Blue Ridge Community Health Services in Henderson County), "Why Hand Washing is Important" in The Urban News.


Excerpt: "Only a few weeks ago North Carolina's newly elected senator, Thom Tillis, made national headlines for his comments about hand-washing being required in the restaurant industry. While I won't get into the politics of over-regulation, his statement gives me a great reason to remind readers why hand-washing is so important. What follows are ten common infections that are caused and spread by human feces in the hope that you will concentrate your efforts at hand-washing."

SGR Update
House leaders are nearing a deal to permanently replace Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula, two House aides said Friday. The deal would offset about $70 billion of the $200 billion cost for permanently repealing and replacing Medicare's SGR and include a two-year extension of CHIP. The proposal could spur opposition from conservatives who do not want to increase federal spending. Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate have threatened to oppose the deal because they are seeking a four-year extension of CHIP. (Sources: The Hill, 3/13; Modern Healthcare 3/15)

Prevent Diabetes STAT

One of the American Medical Association's (AMA) strategic focus areas, Improving Health Outcomes, is dedicated to stemming the epidemics of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the United States.


Today the AMA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will launch a national, multi-year initiative called "Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today™."


The goal of Prevent Diabetes STAT is to raise awareness about prediabetes and to increase physician screening, testing and referral to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs that are part of the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program.


The first phase of the initiative is focused on providing physicians and care teams with easy-to-use tools and resources so they can identify people with prediabetes and refer them to community-based or virtual diabetes prevention programs.


Here's a link to the new Web page where physicians and the general public can find helpful content. As you will see the initiative offers opportunities for others to join.  The AMA hopes you will consider engaging with the Prevent Diabetes STAT effort. 

A $10,169 Blood Test is Everything Wrong with American Health Care

A lipid panel is one of the most basic blood tests in modern medicine. Doctors use it to measure cholesterol levels in their patients, probably millions of times each year.

This is not a procedure where some hospitals are really great at lipid panels and some are terrible. There's just not space for quality variation: you are running blood through a machine and pressing buttons. That's it.
And that all makes it a bit baffling why, in California, a lipid panel can cost anywhere between $10 and $10,000. In either case, it is the exact same test. 

Click here to read more

Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board: 
Strategic Planning Analyst (Allcare Clinical Associates)
Practice Manager (Hendersonville Ob/Gyn Associates)
Hospitalist (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
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