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  Community Pulse- May 2015

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In This Issue:
Quest - Sponsor Message (Left)
Physicians' Voice in the News
Op-Ed by Dr. Shannon Dowler: "This is My Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox."
WCMS featured in Mountain Xpress: "Heal Thyself"
13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser
New Members to WCMS
Increase in Early Syphilis Infections
Action Alert from NCMS: Bills Threaten Physician Supervision of Mid-Levels
Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the ED Boarding Crisis in Las Vegas
On Your Own or Part of a Larger Healthcare System?
Job Board and Classifieds
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LOCAL NEWS

Physicians' Voice in the News

WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to "The Physicians' Voice," a series of media presentations for the general public that showcase physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health. Here is the latest release: WCMS member Dr. Eric Smith's second piece in a three part series appears in Blue Ridge Now, "How to Quit Smoking."


Excerpt: "Many of you may be saying, 'I've tried it before, many times, and it's just not possible for me' or 'Dr. Smith, you have no idea how hard it is to quit this addiction!' You are right. I don't.


I do, however, have the research and the input of thousands of people who have successfully quit smoking, many who did it after many attempts. I also have many tools to help you quit and the desire to help you make it a reality.
Click here to read more.

Op-Ed by Dr. Shannon Dowler: "This is My Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox."
From the Asheville Citizen-Times: "This is My Exam Room, Not Your Soap Box."


The N.C. General Assembly feels otherwise. 

 

Excerpt:

"Doctors today are inundated by hordes of people telling them exactly what to do and how to do it for every encounter. We are directed by public and private insurers, the federal government, their Accountable Care Organization, the billers, the coders, the financial and quality analysts, and sometimes our patients who are responding to Internet searches and advice from esteemed peers like Dr. Oz. The very last thing we need right now is the General Assembly joining us in our exam rooms."

Click here to read more. 

WCMS featured in Mountain Xpress: "Heal Thyself"
Western Carolina Medical Society tackles physician burnout. 
13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser
Fun Being Had At The 13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser

The 13th Annual Heartstrings Fundraiser was held this weekend at Carrier Park in west Asheville. Heartstrings was at the Kids Zone at the Mountain Sports Festival and included fun activities like a bouncy house, climbing wall, and face painting. WCMS would like to thank to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event amazingly successful. A special thank you goes to Quest Diagnostics, the presenting sponsor of Heartstrings. There were 445 families who registered to participate in the event. In total, well over 1,000 people joined us for the Heartstrings fundraiser over Memorial Day weekend. The event was a huge success, fun was had by all, and we raised $10,000 for the WCMS Foundation.

Thank you to all of our 2015 Sponsors
New Members to WCMS   
STATE NEWS

Increase in Early Syphilis Infections

North Carolina continues to experience an increase in early syphilis infections across the state therefore the Communicable Disease Branch is asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to all your patients. Please see the attached Public Health Advisory for updated epidemiologic information as well as detailed screening, reporting and treatment recommendations.

 

Please help us increase awareness among your patients of this serious statewide rise in early syphilis infections and what they can do to prevent infection. We appreciate your commitment to maintaining and promoting the health of all North Carolinians. 

Click here to read more. 

Action Alert from NCMS: Bills Threaten Physician Supervision of Mid-Levels
Written By Elaine Ellis / May 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm:

The General Assembly is considering several bills this session that would remove physician supervision requirements for many non-physician practitioners. Among the most aggressive of these proposals is one introduced by Sen. Ralph Hise, SB 695, Modernize Nursing Practice Act, which enhances the already broad authority of the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
Now is the time to contact your state senator to explain why physician supervision helps ensure the safety of your patients. Our current law allows nurses to expand their expertise well beyond their formal education by working side by side with a supervising physician. In fact, advanced practice nurses in North Carolina can perform any medical act approved by a supervising physician. The current supervision law allows nurses to practice to the fullest extent possible, while maintaining the safety net of physician expertise vital to patient safety. Contact your legislator now.
NATIONAL NEWS

Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the ED Boarding Crisis in Las Vegas
CARSON CITY - Southern Nevada's mental health treatment crisis has largely disappeared because of the state's decision to participate in the Affordable Care Act expansion in Medicaid and because of a significant increase in the reimbursement rate for inpatient mental health treatment.
ITEMS OF INTEREST

On Your Own or Part of a Larger Healthcare System?
"Should I open or retain my own private practice or become part of a larger healthcare system?" That's the question I've heard from ten physicians over the past six months. I've written this newsletter to help you assess your own readiness. One size doesn't fit all. Only you can decide. That decision will significantly impact tasks that need to be done with respect to organization and management, financial management, managing staff and external resources, maintaining quality and outcomes, and compliance. 
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Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
(828) 274-2267 ext. 312