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April 15, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA

In This Issue:
Quest Diagnostics - Sponsor Message (Left)
Letter from the WCMS Foundation Chair, Dr. Kate Queen
MAHEC CME (April)
Save the date: Early Career Affinity Group April 29
Attend the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Medical Minority Mentoring Program
WCMS Road Trip to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday
April Women in Medicine Affinity Group
Looking for Volunteers for Heartstrings Fundraiser
Sports Medicine Practice Changing Partners
CarePartners Opens Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Advocates Push for Medicaid Expansion, Tout Benefits
The Two Biggest Mistakes Hospital and Health System CEOs Are Making
Senate Bills Put Squeeze on Hospitals
One Last Step for SGR
New Proposed Rules from CMS' EHR Incentive Program/MU
Hot Off the Press! Changes to MU 2015 through 2017
Job Board & Classified Ads

Letter from the WCMS Foundation Chair, Dr. Kate Queen

The Challenges of Access to Care - Redefining the Focus of WCMS's Foundation

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation, as the physician and community led charitable arm of the Medical Society, has a longstanding commitment to the challenge of securing access to quality health care for community members in need, reducing health disparities, and promoting health and wellness.

 

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation as a charitable organization finds itself with new opportunities to expand and sharpen its focus and identity. Your WCMS Foundation Board is strategically engaging colleagues throughout the region, particularly those in more rural settings, to learn from them about their own unique struggles with access to care and local innovations to address those challenges. WCMS Foundation's larger aim is to build on and replicate existing resources and programs in rural communities to improve access to care across the region. 
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
MAHEC CME (April and May)
MAHEC regularly provides courses for CME credit.
Check out our website calendar to see upcoming opportunities. Here are the next few events:

4/16 - Motivational Interviewing (Evening)
4/30 - Parkinson Disease (Evening) 
Early Career Affinity Group - April 29
If you are a physician in your first ten years of practice, please join us at the Thirsty Monk on April 29 from 6-8 p.m. for an informal meet-up. First round and appetizers are on us. Click here to RSVP

Attend the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Medical Minority Mentoring Program

On May 21, 2015, the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA), Mission Health, the Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Minority Medical Mentoring Program (MMMP) at the annual HOPE Banquet. The MMMP began in the fall of 2005 as a high school internship for under-represented minorities with an interest in practicing medicine. The overarching goals of MMMP is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities training and practicing in WNC, enhanced quality of care (prevention & wellness) as a result of increased workforce diversity and achieve increased levels of health parity for populations of color in WNC. 

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WCMS Road Trip to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday 

It's time for another White Coat Wednesday in Raleigh!  Here are the details:

What: Meet with legislators in Raleigh to talk about important healthcare topics.  We will most likely focus on the 3% Medicaid retroactive cut to physicians, Medicaid expansion and Medicaid reform (promoting physician-led ACOs), scope of practice bills, and the budget. We'll get more details as the date draws nearer.

When: Wed. May 13th at 8:00am - 4pm (will try to make all appts for morning/early afternoon if possible so we can leave earlier than 4)

Where: Raleigh  (NCMS/Legislative buildings in downtown)

RSVP here if you are interested in joining us. 
LOCAL NEWS
 

April Women in Medicine Affinity Group - Sponsored by Parsec Financial

This past Monday, ten female physicians and five representatives from Parsec Financial, a WCMS preferred vendor, enjoyed wine and snacks while learning about discounted services provided by Parsec to WCMS members. Topics discussed were types of investments, asset allocation, and IRAs, followed by a Q & A session. It was a great evening. We hope to see you at the next Women in Medicine Affinity Group this summer. 

Looking for Volunteers: Are you the proud parents of students needing honor society service hours? 

Volunteers are needed for the Heartstrings Kids' Zone Fundraiser

Mountain Sports Festival - Carrier Park

May 23rd-24th 

Contact Emilee Dickerson for more details

Sports Medicine Practice Changing Partners

Hendersonville Lightning 


An orthopedic practice that has a relationship through sports medicine with area high schools is switching its affiliation from Park Ridge Health to Pardee Hospital. 

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CarePartners Opens Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

CarePartners, a local nonprofit health organization and affiliate of Mission Health, has announced the opening of its PACE Center. CarePartners PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is the first one in western North Carolina and will serve Buncombe and Henderson counties. PACE is now accepting applications and will be open to participants March 1.

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Advocates Push for Medicaid Expansion, Tout Benefits

Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe, retired pediatrician Dr. Olson Huff; Dr. Shannon Dowler, chief medical officer of Blue Ridge Community Health Center; ...

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The Two Biggest Mistakes Hospital and Health System CEOs Are Making

HealthLeaders Media 


That's the view of Ron Paulus, MD, president and CEO of Mission Health in Asheville, NC. He sees his peers making these strategic mistakes as ...

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Senate Bills Put Squeeze on Hospitals

BlueRidgeNow

With machinations in Raleigh seeking to make not-for-profit hospitals play by free-market rules, consumers may wonder if they will end up footing the bill for more piecemeal health care "reform."
NATIONAL NEWS
 
One Last Step for SGR

The Senate yesterday voted 92-8 to approve legislation (HR 2) that would permanently replaceMedicare's sustainable growth rate formula. The House passed the measure last month, meaning the bill now heads to President Obama for consideration. Obama has indicated that he will sign the measure. (Sources: Los Angeles Times, 4/14; Modern Healthcare, 4/14; New York Times, 4/14; Politico, 4/14; AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/14; Wall Street Journal, 4/14; Washington Post's "Post Politics," 4/14) 

New Proposed Rules from CMS' EHR Incentive Program/MU

The Hill (4/13, Ferris) reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "proposed rules Friday to simplify requirements for its new electronic health record system while also pushing back deadlines for providers by several months." The new rules would reduce the number of ways that providers must demonstrate that they meet "meaningful use" standards, according to the 200-page regulation. The proposed rules "also delay the implementation of the e-records by aligning the reporting deadlines to the calendar year instead of the fiscal year."


 

According to Modern Healthcare (4/11, Subscription Publication), "Chief among the changes in the 210-page draft rule is a proposal to standardize the 2015 reporting period for the EHR incentive-payment program to 90 consecutive days of achieving meaningful-use criteria." 

ITEMS OF INTEREST
 

Hot Off the Press! Changes to MU 2015 through 2017

Submitted by e-Health, a WCMS Preferred Vendor

 

The much anticipated Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017 was published online over the weekend.

 

WOW! - that was my initial response after reading this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. While it is true that the reporting period in 2015 for Meaningful Use is reduced to 90 days, there are many other changes as well. CMS was true to their word of taking a closer look at the Stage 2 objectives and measures and proposing regulatory adjustments to make meaningful use more attainable and reasonable. This NPRM is scheduled to be published in 4/15/2015 Federal Register and will then be open for a 60 day comment period.

 

This week on Tuesday at noon and Wednesday at 4 pm EST, I will provide an in depth review of the proposed changes published in CMS' notice of proposed rulemaking. The sessions will be repeats, so no need to attend both.

 

If the links above do not work, try pasting the following in your browser:

NPRM: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-08514.pdf

eHealth Education: http://www.ehealthconsults.com/qa-on-meaningful-use/hot-off-the-press-mu-changes-in-2015

 

Feel free to forward to others that may be interested.

 

Trisha Conway |Principal Consultant

919.696.0371 | C

trishaconway@ehealthconsults.com | www.ehealthconsults.com

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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.  

Sincerely,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director