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September 16, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
WNCAP Gala & Auction- Sponsor Message (Left)
Register for the Sickle Cell Disease Conference 10/2/2015
Register for the Independent Physicians Affinity Group 10/5/2015
Emeritus Affinity Group 10/14/2015
The WCMS Annual Campaign is Now Underway
Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Outbreak
Educate Your Patients about Free Preventive Services via the Insurance Marketplace with this Flyer
Medicaid and Health Choice Assignments to Begin
Bowtie Briefing for 9/11/2015
What's Next?: An Overview of the New Merit-Based Incentive Payment System
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Sickle Cell Disease Conference 10/2/2015
This conference will bring National and local speakers together to educate and motivate medical and community members in the fight against Sickle Cell Disease.

Click here to view the brochure. 
Click here for event details and registration.
Independent Physicians Affinity Group 10/5/2015
If you are an independent physician, please join us at our upcoming Independent Physicians Affinity Group on October 5th at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Event Centre. The event is sponsored by Medical Mutual with Circle of Friends Sponsor, JPS' Mary Williams, presenting on Value Based Reimbursement. We'll be providing some refreshments.

Members are welcome to bring non-member colleagues as their guests. Please note this on the registration form.

Please click here to register.
Emeritus Affinity Group 10/14/2015
The third quarterly meeting of the WCMS Emeritus Affinity Group will take place on October 14th at the Asheville Country Club. Dr. Zack Bridges and Dr. Edward Isbey III will be presenting on Advances in Ophthalmology and Retinal Surgeries.

Please click here to register.
LOCAL NEWS
 
The WCMS Annual Campaign is Now Underway
Project Access® provides healthcare to low-income individuals who do not have insurance, or qualify for public assistance. Project Access® patients see physicians (both primary care doctors and specialists) and receive most other healthcare services such as hospital inpatient and outpatient services, lab work, x-rays, and rehabilitation at no cost.

Show your support of your nationally recognized program, Project Access®. Did you know that there are 24 Project Access look-alike networks serving 44 counties in North Carolina alone?
Click here to donate. 
Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Outbreak
Once again, we are seeing an increase in cases of pertussis in Buncombe County, so please have a high index of suspicion for it as you are seeing patients.
Click here to continue reading.
Educate Your Patients about Free Preventive Services via the Insurance Marketplace with this Flyer
Medicaid and Health Choice Assignments to Begin
"A recent study shows that approximately 240,000 N.C. Medicaid and Health Choice beneficiaries have not chosen a primary care provider (PCP) and medical home.  To ensure beneficiaries and the state benefit from the improved health outcomes and cost savings that these services provide, DHHS will send a letter to these beneficiaries to ask them to select a PCP, or have one assigned to them"
STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing for September 11, 2015
NCMS Legislative Relations Director Chip Baggett shares his thoughts on this 14th anniversary of 9/11 and urges action on two important items currently missing from the state budget in regard to Medicaid reform.



Click here to read letter from WCMS Member Dr. Harald Kowa to NCGA Senators & Representatives. If this letter resonates with you, please use it to send to WNC senators and representatives. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
What's Next?: An Overview of the New Merit-Based Incentive Payment System
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015  |  12:30 - 1:00 p.m., EDT

CMS' methods for measuring physician quality improvement continue to evolve. The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule combines existing Medicare incentive programs and creates a performance score that will determine a provider's reimbursements based on four performance categories using the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program. In our webinar, you will learn what your practice and providers need to know in preparation for change.
Cost:  Complimentary
Target Audience:  Physicians, Office Managers, and Staff
Speaker:  Shelly Crotty, BSN, CCME Health Care Quality Consultant
Accreditation Statement:
CCME is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CCME designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Click here for course details and registration. 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Why does having a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment as a modern doctor seem like such a struggle at times? There is an invisible battle going on, day-by-day between our search for a Fulfilling Career in Medicine and the hidden forces of Physician Burnout.
Click here to continue reading.
Job Board & Classified Ads
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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.  

Sincerely,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director