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June 17, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
WCMS deals with the medical and political morass for me

In This Issue:
Van Winkle Law Firm - Sponsor Message (Left)
Register Now: Emeritus Luncheon - June 24
Register Now: Independent Physicians Affinity Group - June 29
Save the Date: Burnout Prevention Retreat - August 15
Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD
Falls Survey of NC Clinicians - Submitted by Buncombe County Dept. of Public Health
NCGA Senate Health and Human Services Budget
Job Board & Classified Ads

Register Now for the Second Quarterly Emeritus Luncheon - June 24

The upcoming Emeritus luncheon will feature guest speaker Dr. David Mouw on "Advanced Directives: Them and Us."

The luncheon will be held at the Asheville Country Club. Formal invitations are in the mail, or you can RSVP here.

Register Now for the Second Quarterly Independent Physicians Affinity Group - June 29

All member physicians who are in independent private practice are invited to attend a Q & A session with Ward and Smith, PA.



  • Contracts, including non-compete covenants and cost-sharing provisions
  • Physician-hospital arrangements, such as co-management agreements, medical directorships, professional services arrangements, and on-call coverage
  • Medical practice  arrangements, such as mergers, alliances, and asset sales agreements
  • Certificates of Need ("CON") and CON "no review" letters.

When: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 6 - 8 p.m.

Where: The Asheville Event Centre  (less than one mile off I-40 exit 51)


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. Contact Megan Hare with any questions. 

Lower your Stress, Prevent Burnout, and Enhance Your Relationships. Attend the WCMS Burnout Prevention Retreat on August 15 

Warren Wilson College
  • Lower Your Stress
  • Prevent Burnout
  • Improve Work-life Balance
  • Enhance Your Relationships


  • Free to WCMS Members
  • CME Offered by MAHEC 
  • Significant Others Invited
  • Childcare Available   
Dike Drummond, MD: Life and Career Strategist for Physicians


Saturday August 15th  
10 am- 2 pm  
Warren Wilson College - 10 miles east of downtown Asheville



Presented By: 

   Parsec Financial

With Support From: 
Medical Mutual  

 CME Jointly Provided By: 

MAHEC www.mywcms.org    



The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (June 2015)

"We Take Care of Our Own." 

by Dr. Robert C. Henderson II, MD
2015 President, Western Carolina Medical Society


Excerpt: " 'The prevalence of symptomatic burnout is staggeringly high in practicing physicians', stated Dr. Dike Drummond in his book Stop Physician Burnout.    Drummond went onto quote a JAMA, 2009 article that reported one out of every three physicians is experiencing burnout at any given time.  This malady is not selective as to who is affected, but rather encompasses all specialties in medicine today, although some are more vulnerable than others."

Click here to read more. 

Falls Survey of NC Clinicians - Submitted by Buncombe County Dept. of Public Health

Clinicians who work with older adults and/or adults with disabilities at risk for falls are being asked to complete a Falls Survey of NC Clinicians.


A workgroup under the NC Falls Prevention Coalition, under leadership from the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and by means of an Administration for Community Living (ACL) falls prevention grant, are conducting this brief survey to help them better understand clinician awareness and use of falls prevention programs and services in North Carolina. It is also an opportunity for you to make them aware of your needs (and those of your patients and clients) in this area. Your answers are confidential and will not be associated with you or your practice.


The very brief survey (with 13 mostly multiple choice questions), can be accessed through the following link:




Please complete this survey by Wednesday, July 1, 2015.


You may contact Nicolle Miller at NC DAAS (Nicolle.miller@dhhs.nc.gov) if you have any questions or technical issues. Feel free to forward this e-mail and survey link to additional clinicians in your network (PTs, OTs, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, nurses, EMTs, etc.).

NCGA Senate Health and Human Services Budget

First Look:

The centerpiece of the Senate budget is a complete overhaul of the state's program to provide health care for low-income children, some adults, people with disabilities and poor elderly who live in nursing homes.

For several years, members of the Senate have made no secret of preferring a Medicaid system that takes control of the program away from the legislature
 and places it in the hands of managed care companies.


To that end, the plan calls for removing administration of Medicaid from the Department of Health and Human Services and creating a Health Benefits Authority with an independent board empowered to make all planning, policy and spending decisions. 

Click here to read more.

Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board: 
Medical Director (Community Care of WNC)
Medical Interpreter  (WCMS)
To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad Click here.

WCMS is a thriving 700+ 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
Miriam Schwarz


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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director