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  Community Pulse- June 2015

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In This Issue:
JPS - Sponsor Message (Left)
Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (June 2015)
Heartstrings Press Release
Physicians' Voice in the News
New Members to WCMS
NCGA Senate Health and Human Services Budget
NC Senate Considers Repeal of Law Governing Mission
Healthcare Providers Accuse Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Acting as a Cartel
High Court Upholds Health Law Subsidies
Guest Editorial - Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
How Two Hospital Operators are Bucking the Rural Health Crisis
Dr. Jeffrey C. Williams, MD Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
WCMS Job Board
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LOCAL NEWS

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."

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Heartstrings Press Release              

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings fundraiser to help fund the WCMS Foundation. To celebrate its 13th year, Heartstrings turned up the fun with a weekend Family Fun Event. Heartstrings, presented by Quest Diagnostics, was held on Saturday May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th at Carrier Park as part of Asheville's popular Mountain Sports Festival. Heartstrings provided a great way for the community to support the WCMS Foundation and save lives in our community. Over $2,500 in donations from the event went to support the WCMS Foundation's charitable programs, such as Project Access®

"Even with the Affordable Care Act, nearly 15% of Buncombe County residents remain uninsured" said WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz. "There's an insurance gap for many of our poorest residents because the State of North Carolina did not expand Medicaid to cover all low-income people. Only certain people qualify for Medicaid right now. So, for example, if you are a self-employed woman without children who makes less than $11,770, you don't get Medicaid and you don't qualify for subsidies to help with private insurance. These individuals who got left behind are in need of programs such as WCMS's Project Access® more than ever before" Schwarz said.

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Physicians' Voice in the News

WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "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 final piece in a three part series appears in Blue Ridge Now, "The bigger picture: Why you should quit smoking."

Excerpt: "Yes, everyone has the right to smoke if they choose, but they - and we all - have a responsibility to protect others from the harmful effects of that smoke. Please do not act inconvenienced by the fact that our society hasrecognized the cost and impact smoking has on both smokers and nonsmokers alike and taken measures to reduce the social impact of smoking. 
When you hear the facts, my hope is that everyone asks, "Why aren't we doing more?!" 

New Members to WCMS   
STATE NEWS

NCGA Senate Health and Human Services Budget

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.

NC Senate Considers Repeal of Law Governing Mission

RALEIGH - A law that limits Mission Health's profit margin and caps the number of doctors it can employ would be repealed by language in the state Senate's proposed budget bill.

Click here to read more.

NATIONAL NEWS

Healthcare Providers Accuse Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Acting as a Cartel

Written by Ayla Ellison (Twitter | Google+)  | May 28, 2015

Two federal lawsuits - one brought on behalf of healthcare providers and one on behalf of individual and small-employer customers - claim Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers are engaging in cartel-like behavior by divvying up markets to avoid competing against one another, according to The Wall Street Journal. For more reading on this topic, click here.

High Court Upholds Health Law Subsidies

The 6-3 ruling stopped a challenge that would have erased subsidies in at least 34 states for individuals and families buying insurance through the federal government's online marketplace. 

Click here to read more. 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Guest Editorial - Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Avery Journal Times

In the early 1990s, leaders at BRRH anticipated the future dramatic changes in healthcare delivery that so many others ignored: they pursued a relationship with Mission Health. The wisdom of this move has become increasingly evident over the past three years as the challenges for hospitals across the nation, and in particular in North Carolina, surged. Among many things, Mission Health has provided significant financial support, major expertise and improvements in quality and safety so critical to our patients, reduced expenses and created a network of care that can support all of our community's needs. 
How Two Hospital Operators are Bucking the Rural Health Crisis
Fewer beds. More outpatient procedures. But to get there, providers have to make a significant investment to change their business models. 
Dr. Jeffrey C. Williams, MD Joins AllCare Clinical Associates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (From AllCare Clinical Associates) 


CONTACT:
Carolyn Duncan
828-398-1226
76 Peachtree Road, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803
carolyn.duncan@allcareclinical.com 

Jeffrey C. Williams, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates

Jeffrey C. Williams, MD, has joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. Dr. Williams graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana and received his Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine also in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Williams completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio and at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to joining AllCare Clinical Associates, Dr. Williams provided anesthesia services at the Columbus County Medical Center in Whiteville, North Carolina.


Dr. Williams is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Western Carolina Medical Society.

 

AllCare Clinical Associates, allcareclinical.com, is one of the largest private physician-owned anesthesia practices serving North Carolina and provides anesthesia services and perioperative care for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers of all sizes. 

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Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

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