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September 23, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
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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
Mission Health Partners Announces Significant Network Expansion
Legislation to Remove Limits on Mission Hospital Expansion has Henderson County Legislators on Opposite Sides
WCMS Newcomers' & Cornerstones' Picnic a Great Success
Park Ridge Whistleblowers Cause $115M Settlement
Flu Season is Here
New WCMS Member Benefit: Physician Family Network
North Carolina to Privatize Medicaid
Bowtie Briefing for September 18, 2015
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
WCMS Physician Blue Books are Available for Pre-Order
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 physicians as their guests,. Please note this on the registration form.
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.
Click here to register.
LOCAL NEWS
 
Mission Health Partners Announces Significant Network Expansion More Than 550 Specialists Join The 275 Primary Care Physician Network
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2015) - Mission Health Partners (MHP), the second largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in North Carolina, is pleased to announce  its new primary care partners for 2016 and the addition of specialists to its network.  Over 550 specialists now join 275 primary care colleagues in their effort to improve quality, care coordination and clinical outcomes for the patient population of western North Carolina.
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Legislation to Remove Limits on Mission Hospital Expansion has  Henderson County Legislators on Opposite Sides
In what is likely the closing days of the General Assembly session for this year, an effort to repeal a state law intended to keep Mission Health from getting too much control over the local health care market resurfaced in a state Senate committee Wednesday.

Two Henderson County legislators, one a leader in the state senate and the other a leader in the state house, are staked out on opposite sides of that issue.
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WCMS Newcomers' & Cornerstones' Picnic a Great Success

On Sunday, September 20th, the Annual WCMS Newcomers' & Cornerstones' Picnic was held at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, NC. Attendees included 88 adults (physicians and partners/spouses) and 45 kids. Eighteen of the physicians are new to WNC. Lots of fun was had with cornhole, soccer, frisbee, s'mores, great food from Saffron Catering, beautiful flowers from Dutch Cove Flower Farm, and fantastic music from the Twinklebees. 

Only one Cornerstone, Dr. Thomas Hartmann, was able to attend, but we were so glad to be able to honor him for his 30+ years of service.
Click here to view the lists of Cornerstones and Newcomers. 




Thank you, Dr. Hartmann, for your many years of service. 
Park Ridge Whistleblowers Cause $115M Settlement
The actions of three whistleblowers from Park Ridge Hospital in Hendersonville have led the hospital's parent company, Adventist Health System, to agree to a $115 million settlement.

One observer notes the settlement is the largest ever in a health care whistleblower case.
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Flu Season is Here
Do your part to keep our community's protective shield strong! Get a Flu Shot!
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New WCMS Member Benefit: Physician Family Network
The purpose of the WCMS Physician Family Network is to build a network of local physician families who share a similar journey from medical school through retirement, which provides opportunities for support and enrichment for the entire physician family. Join the Physician Family Network today. 
STATE NEWS
 
North Carolina to Privatize Medicaid
RALEIGH - Legislators have agreed to privatize North Carolina's $15 billion Medicaid program, a change that doctors and hospitals have been fighting for months, but which some Republican legislators have championed as a remedy for unpredictable spending.
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Bowtie Briefing for September 18, 2015
Late last night, the General Assembly passed the budget, and NCMS Legislative Director Chip Baggett summarizes how its passage will impact the profession of medicine and North Carolina's patients. In addition, he shares how the Medicaid reform bill is progressing and how reform may unfold in the future. 
Click here to watch Chip's briefing. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Universal Upset Patient Protocol

Quote for the week:
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
   ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
WCMS Physician Blue Books are Available for Pre-Order
The WCMS Physician Directory includes address, phone and fax information for over 1,600 WNC physicians and practices. The newest version will be available in October of 2015. Click here to pre-order now, or download order form to pay by check. 
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

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