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April 22, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA

In This Issue:
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WCMS Survey - How will the 3% Retroactive Medicaid Cut Affect Your Practice
MAHEC CME (April and May)
Register Now - 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
Physicians' Voice - Article by WCMS Member Dr. Eric Smith
Looking for Volunteers for Heartstrings Fundraiser
Hospitals to Fight Bill That Would Open Medical Market
Mission's Big Company Tactics Anger Rural WNC Doctors
Tennessee, Kansas Also Get Warning: Expand Medicaid Or Risk Hospital Funds
Why are Politicians Playing Doctor?
Why Managed Care is not the Answer for North Carolina
Job Board & Classified Ads
Please Answer this 4-Question Survey Regarding the 3% Retroactive Medicaid Cut
WCMS wants to hear how this action will affect your practice. Please click here fill out our survey. We'll share the results in the next Vital Signs. 
Click here to read more about the issue. 
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:

4/30 - Parkinson Disease (Evening) 
Register Now for the 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 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 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (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. 

Physicians' Voice

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.

Click here to read the latest release by Dr. Eric Smith.

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 at Carrier Park

May 23rd-24th 

Contact Emilee Dickerson for more details


4.16.15 - Hospitals to Fight Bill That Would Open Medical Market 

CHARLOTTE - An influential state senator wants to repeal laws that were designed to curb health care costs, arguing that they have actually accomplished the opposite. A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Apodaca, the Henderson County Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would eliminate the state's certificate-of-need laws.

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Mission's Big Company Tactics Anger Rural WNC Doctors

SPRUCE PINE - Dr. Chad Smoker was disappointed when Mission Health System moved the CEO of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital to a job at headquarters early last year.
Kaiser Health News: Tennessee, Kansas Also Get Warning: Expand Medicaid Or Risk Hospital Funds 

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: "Add Tennessee and Kansas to the list of states that have been warned by the Obama administration that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize special funding to pay hospitals and doctors for treating the poor. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed Tuesday that it gave officials in those states the same message delivered to Texas and Florida about the risk to funding for so-called "uncompensated care pools" - Medicaid money that helps pay the cost of care for the uninsured." (Galewitz, 4/21)

Click here to read more


Why are Politicians Playing Doctor?

This is an excellent op-ed piece focusing on lawmakers "playing doctor" through legislation. Read it. It's happening right here in NC.

Click here to read the article.

Why Managed Care is not the Answer for North Carolina

For over two years now, the North Carolina Medical Society has unequivocally opposed corporate managed-care organizations running North Carolina.

Click here to read more
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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

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director