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  Community Pulse- September 2015

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In This Issue:
New Members to WCMS
Flu Season is Here
Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Outbreak
Help the Thousands Who Fall into the "Medicaid Gap"
WCMS' Project Access® Thanks Hundreds of Volunteer Physicians in Asheville's Citizen Times
WCMS Newcomers' & Cornerstones' Picnic a Great Success
North Carolina to Privatize Medicaid
Kaiser Health News: HHS Unveils Civil Rights Protections For Transgender Patients' Health Services
Advanced Care Planning Workshops for Patients: Letter from WCMS Member Dr. David Mouw
WCMS Physician Blue Books are Available for Pre-Order
WCMS Job Board
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LOCAL NEWS

New Members to WCMS   
Flu Season is Here
Do your part to keep our community's protective shield strong! Get a Flu Shot!
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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.
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Help the Thousands Who Fall into the "Medicaid Gap" and Can't Afford Insurance
Show your support of Project Access®, the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness.
WCMS' Project Access® Thanks Hundreds of Volunteer Physicians in Asheville's Citizen Times
Project Access® staff and the Foundation Board would like to thank all physicians and network partners who volunteered in 2014. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that you provide annually to our thousands of Project Access® clients. This program saves lives and is in existence because of the generosity of volunteer physicians and their staff.
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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.
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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NATIONAL NEWS

Kaiser Health News: HHS Unveils Civil Rights Protections For Transgender Patients' Health Services 
KHN staff writer Julie Appleby reports: "The Obama administration issued a sweeping proposal Thursday to bolster civil rights protections in health care, barring medical providers and insurers from discriminating based on gender, whether in treatments or access to facilities or services. The long-awaited rules from the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services further define protections included in the Affordable Care Act, particularly broadening those for transgender Americans. The proposal also includes provisions requiring medical providers to bolster their communication efforts for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency." (9/4) 
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ITEMS OF INTEREST

Advanced Care Planning Workshops for Patients: Letter from WCMS Member Dr. David Mouw
Dear Physicians,
 
Here's 2 good reasons to invest a little of your valuable time with your elderly patients in an effort to get them to document their Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. 1
 
1) Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, for the first time, doctors will be paid by Medicare to counsel patients about their options for end of life care. 
2) If you introduce the issue at an office visit, my colleagues and I can get your patient to complete the legal paperwork if you refer them to us for one afternoon or evening workshop.
 
At the UNCA College for seniors (now called O.L.L.I.), one of my retirement activities is to coordinate an Advance Care Planning Workshop every 4 months. Click here to learn all about these free 2-hr sessions, open to any adult.
 
So far we have had 11 workshops, attended by over 600 adults, nearly half of whom completed the NC Short form (used by Mission Hospital, includes Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney). We notarize the form for them before they leave the workshop.

The next workshop is Thursday, October 16 from 7-9 p.m. at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus.
 
All you'd have to do after introducing Advance Care Planning to a patient is go to the OLLI website and find out the date for the next workshop, advise the patient how to prepare, and write the patient an Rx slip to be at OLLI on that particular date. We'll take it from there. 
 
I hope we can help you.  And....thanks for helping us by referring some patients.
 
Sincerely,
 
David Mouw MD PhD
MAHEC Family Practice Faculty 1997-2007
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. 
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

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