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July 22, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Four Seasons - Sponsor Message (Left)
Enjoy a Free Drink with Colleagues: Early Career Affinity Group 7/29
Lower Your Stress: "Burnout-Proof" Physician Retreat 8/15
10th Oncologic Imaging: A Multidisciplinary Approach 9/11 - 9/13
It's Time We 'Mind the Gap' in North Carolina: Op-Ed piece by Dr. Shannon Dowler
Harris Hospital Marks Purchase Anniversary with New ER
WCU Receives $225,000 Grant to Help Increase Family Nurse Practitioners in WNC
Comparing the Medicaid Reform Bills and Where the NCMS Stands
Get Your Weekly Advocacy "Bowtie Briefing" from NCMS Legislative Director Chip Baggett
Keith A. Housman, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
Job Board & Classified Ads
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!

Click here to register. 

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

Do you want to...
  • Lower Your Stress 
  • Improve Work-life Balance
  • Prevent Burnout
Learn dozens of tools to do just that at our
"Burnout-Proof" Physician Retreat

  • Free to WCMS Members
  • 3 Hours CME* 
  • Significant Others Invited
  • Childcare Available (ages 3+)

When: Saturday August 15th; 9:30am - 2 pm  

Where: Warren Wilson College - 10 miles east of downtown Asheville

Info & Registration on our website or call us at 274-2267 x3
(Register by Wed. August 5th)



Thanks to our sponsors:

   Parsec Financial

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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.  Jointly provided by:

Save the Date: 10th Oncologic Imaging:
A Multidisciplinary Approach
 9/11 - 9/13


It's Time We 'Mind the Gap' in North Carolina: 

Op-Ed piece by Dr. Shannon Dowler

Excerpt: "When I was in my Family Medicine Residency training, I scheduled a one month clinical rotation in a small town outside of London, England, because I wanted to be see how socialized medicine really worked from the trenches. I was deeply embedded in their system and observed how service was delivered in a country where everyone had equal access to care. I worked in the hospital, on labor and delivery, in the community clinic, and I did home visits with the visiting nurses (and luckily I liked it, because the last week we were there my husband had to have emergency surgery at the hospital I had been working in.) I learned a lot about what worked and what didn't work during that time but today I want to talk about a different part of that experience."

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Harris Hospital Marks Purchase Anniversary with New ER

Construction on a new emergency department starts this year, with the timing of the announcement coming just two weeks before Harris Regional Hospital marks its one-year anniversary under for-profit administration. 

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WCU Receives $225,000 Grant to Help Increase Family Nurse Practitioners in WNC 

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University is recipient of a $225,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to help increase the number of family nurse practitioners working in health care settings in rural Western North Carolina.

Comparing the Medicaid Reform Bills and Where the NCMS Stands

With the General Assembly back in session after the July 4th break, Medicaid reform will once again be a hot topic of debate.
The comparison table below addresses the current House and Senate proposals for reforming North Carolina's Medicaid program. This table outlines and compares major aspects of each Medicaid reform proposal and notes the North Carolina Medical Society's position in each of these key areas.

Get Your Weekly Advocacy "Bowtie Briefing" from NCMS Legislative Director Chip Baggett

To help you stay informed about what is going on at the North Carolina General Assembly and how it may affect your practice, Chip Baggett, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, offers this 6-minute video update. In this briefing, Chip explains that fee-for-service is off the table, capitation is a certainty, and full risk is a given. Chip asks you to consider whether physicians are prepared and willing to take on full risk through provider-led entities (ACOs), or if it is preferable to let MCOs take on Medicaid management.

Click here to view.

Keith A. Housman, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           



Carolyn Duncan


76 Peachtree Road, Suite 300

Asheville, NC 28803



Keith A. Housman, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates


Keith A. Housman, MD, has joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. Dr. Housman graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and received his Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Housman completed his residency training in anesthesiology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining AllCare Clinical Associates, Dr. Housman provided anesthesia services at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.


Dr. Housman is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, Western Carolina Medical Society and the American Association for Physician Leadership.


AllCare Clinical Associates, www.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.  

Job Board & Classified Ads
Job Board: 
Anesthesia Services Director (AllCare Clinical Associates)
Physicians (Asheville Specialty Hospital)
Certified Medical Coder (Sisters of Mercy)
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
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director