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July 8, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
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Register Now: An Evening with Rural Providers 7/24/15
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 7/29/15
Register Now: WCMS "Burnout Proof" Physician Retreat 8/15/15
Corrections to Project Access 2014 Thank-You Ad
NCMS' Statement On US Supreme Court's Ruling on King v. Burwell
CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10
Job Board & Classified Ads
Register Now: An Evening with Rural Providers 7/24/15


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Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 7/29/15

All early career physicians- join your peers for an evening of casual conversation and good brews on Wed. July 29th at Catawba Brewing Co. First round is on us!

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Register Now: WCMS "Burnout Proof" Physician Retreat 8/15/15

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

Free to WCMS Members

CME Offered by MAHEC 

Significant Others Invited

Childcare Available (ages 3+)



Saturday August 15th  
9:30am - 2 pm  
Warren Wilson College - 10 miles east of downtown Asheville

Click here to register now.
(Register by Wed. August 5th)



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The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Read more on our website.  


Corrections to Project Access 2014 Thank-You Ad

This past Sunday Project Access ran a thank-you ad in the Asheville Citizen Times. WCMS is incredibly thankful to all the providers who participate in Project Access. You all work tirelessly to promote the health of all the patients in our community and give so much to our medically fragile neighbors in need. We are so grateful to all the work that you do and you deserve public recognition and praise for giving back in such a meaningful way. 


WCMS would like to apologize to any physician who participated in Project Access in 2014 who was not included in our thank-you ad. We have come to realize that there was a systematic error in the report that we used to get the names of participating doctors, and there were many volunteer physicians who were not publicly thanked in our ad. We apologize for our mistake. We are working to create a new, updated ad which will be published in the coming weeks. We will send a fax to practice managers for corrections before it gets published.  


Project Access volunteer physicians, we are grateful for you and want to publicly acknowledge all that you do for our community.  Please stay tuned and keep an eye out for the corrections.


NCMS' Statement On US Supreme Court's Ruling on King v. Burwell

"Broader health insurance coverage for the citizens of North Carolina has been the stated policy and goal of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) for the last 30 years. In the last five years, we have been pleased that more people have health insurance coverage protecting them in case of injury or illness, and hope this trend will continue unabated with the Supreme Court's decision. As recent opinion polls show, the public agrees no working person should have to sacrifice food on the table for medical care.


"No legislation is perfect, especially one as far-reaching as the Affordable Care Act. We will strive to retain the positive aspects of the law and fix what is broken on behalf of our members and their patients. As the oldest and largest physician association in the state, today representing more than 12,500 physicians and physician assistants, we are committed to continuously improving our health care system's quality, efficiency and patient service for the people of North Carolina."

Click here to read more. 

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10
With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline. In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD- 10 code set.

Contact: CMS Media Relations, (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries AMA Media Relations, (312) 464-4430
Job Board & Classified Ads
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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

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director