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October 7, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
WCMS Physician Directories (Blue Books) Available Now
Register for the Women in Medicine Affinity Group 10/29/2015
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Henderson County News: Park Ridge Health Owner Agrees to $115M Fine
WCMS has Growing List of Direct Secure Emails
Physician's Voice in the News
CCNC Receives $18.6 Million Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award
From NCMS: What the State's Compromise Medicaid Reform Bill May Mean to Your Practice
From NCMS: What the State's New Budget Means to Health Care in North Carolina
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
What Project Access Means to Me
Stephen Perhac, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
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UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Women in Medicine Affinity Group 10/29/2015
All female physician members are invited to our next Women in Medicine Affinity Group meeting, presented by Medical Mutual. This is a chance to connect with each other, enjoy a time of collegiality/networking and discuss relevant content to women in the practice of medicine.

When: Thursday, Oct. 29th from 6pm-8pm
Where: Travinia Italian Kitchen in Biltmore Park
264 Thetford St, Asheville 
Topic: Wearing Many Hats: New Clinical Expertise Opportunities for Women in Medicine
by Dr. Lisa Banker
Click here for more information and to register.
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Mark your calendars now for our Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing on January 31, 2016! It's a night to welcome our 2016 Boards of Directors, hear some great music, and enjoy food and drinks with your colleagues and friends at WCMS. 

Registration for the event will open up soon. Stay tuned! 
LOCAL NEWS
 
Henderson County News: Park Ridge Health Owner Agrees to $115M Fine
"The corporate owner of Park Ridge Health has agreed to pay a $115 million fine for filing false or inflated insurance claims and paying kickbacks to physicians for hospital referrals in violation of state and federal law," according to a recent story by Bill Moss of Henderson County News.

Moss writes that three whistleblowers who brought the case in late 2012 were all Park Ridge employees with insider knowledge of the illicit practices.
Click here to continue reading. 
WCMS has Growing List of Direct Secure Emails
We know your practice is working hard to use Direct Emails and achieve Meaningful Use requirements.

WCMS now has a growing online directory of direct emails in WNC.
We can only post those who give us their data, but we have well over 100 already.

Keep this URL handy to access the list. It is not easily located by the public for privacy reasons.

If you wish to list your direct email on our website, please send it to 
Physician's Voice in the News
WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice," a series of media presentations for the general public that showcase physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health. Here are several recent releases from WCMS member physicians:

* 10/2/2015: Dr. Blair Harkness, "Gynecologic Cancer Awareness" in the Mountain Xpress
* 10/1/2015: Dr. Raymond Thertulien, "Lung Cancer Screening for Older Adults" in the Mountain Xpress
* 9/30/2015: Dr. Rachel Raab, "In Fighting Breast Cancer, Knowledge is Power" in the Asheville Citizen-Times
STATE NEWS
 
CCNC Receives $18.6 Million Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award
CCNC receives $18.6 million Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative award.
Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale healthcare transformation among clinician practices.
From NCMS: What the State's Compromise Medicaid Reform Bill May Mean to Your Practice
Download NCMS' detailed summary of what this legislation means to North Carolina's Medicaid program.
Click here to continue.
From NCMS: What the State's New Budget Means to Health Care in North Carolina
Click here to read NCMS' analysis.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
The Most Interesting Man in the world speaks ICD-10

In the week after implementation of ICD-10, find a little humor in what the most interesting man in the world has to say ...

What Project Access Means to Me...
Dr. Lisa Ray is a family practice physician with MAHEC Family Health Center. Her special interests lie in women and children's health, team based care, dermatology, and osteoporosis. She has been participating in Project Access for 16 years.

Dr. Ray says, "What is meaningful to me about Project Access is that it allows you to take care of patients more seamlessly, more independently from their ability to pay. I feel like Project Access has allowed our community to have much better primary care coverage than the community would otherwise and that is central to the health of a community" Project Access counts on a network of primary care physicians and specialists willing to pledge a certain amount of donated visits per year in order to serve the medically needy, low income members of Buncombe county. The more primary care and specialist physicians that participate, the more access needy patients have to quality healthcare.
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Stephen Perhac, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Carolyn Duncan
828-398-1226
76 Peachtree Road, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803
carolyn.duncan@allcareclinical.com

Stephen Perhac, MD, has joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. Dr. Perhac is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Medical Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He completed residency training in anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Perhac also completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining AllCare Clinical Associates, Dr. Perhac provided anesthesia services in Seattle, Washington through Physician Anesthesia Services.

Dr. Perhac is certified in both Anesthesiology and Pediatric Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the Western Carolina Medical Society.

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.
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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,

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director