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October 21, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
WCMS Physician Directories (Blue Books) Available Now
Register Now: Dyslexia Awareness Event 11/10/15
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 11/19/15
Save the Date: Emeritus Holiday Social 12/9/15
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
12-story Mission Tower Gets Final Approval from Asheville
Lawsuit Details Big Pay and Big Bonuses at Park Ridge
Medicare Part B Premiums to Rise 52% for 7 Million Enrollees
Medicare ACOs Lost $41 Million to Poor Quality Performance
Meaningful Use Regulation
Francois J. Archambault, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Dyslexia Awareness Event 11/10/15
Click here for more information and to register. 
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 11/19/15
For our November Early Career meeting, we're having a special night. It's a mix and mingle with early career physicians and the young attorneys group. Come out and enjoy a beer and pizza with other physicians and local lawyers.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18th @ 6pm
Where: Hi-Wire Brewing (Biltmore Village)
Click here to RSVP
(Please RSVP if possible so we can order enough food & reserve enough space)

About:
The WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section is an Affinity Group providing opportunities for physicians to connect. It's open to WNC physicians who have been practicing for less than 10 years (residents & students also welcome). This is a great way to meet other physicians in your age group in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
Save the Date: Emeritus Holiday Social 12/9/15
If you are a member of our Emeritus Chapter, you are invited to bring your spouse or significant other to a holiday luncheon at the Asheville Country Club. Mark your calendars and look for formal invitations soon. 
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
 
12-story Mission Tower Gets Final Approval from Asheville
ASHEVILLE - A massive medical tower that will stop the need to transport patients by ambulance between two Biltmore Avenue buildings has gotten final approval.
Click here to continue reading. 
Lawsuit Details Big Pay and Big Bonuses at Park Ridge
A speeding analogy might help describe the excesses at Park Ridge hospital, where, lawyers and whistleblowers say, kickbacks meant big money and part-time work could net some doctors hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Click here to continue reading. 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Medicare Part B Premiums to Rise 52% for 7 Million Enrollees
For seven in 10 Medicare beneficiaries 2016 will be much like 2015. They will pay $104.90 per month for their Medicare Part B premium just as they did in 2015.
Click here to continue reading. 
Medicare ACOs Lost $41 Million to Poor Quality Performance 
Keeping people out of the hospital is a primary goal of Medicare accountable care. For the most financially successful ACOs, however, that proved difficult last year, even with money on the line.
Click here to continue reading. 
Meaningful Use Regulation
October 16, 2015
From the AMA:
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a series of final rules on the Meaningful Use (MU) program. These rules outline the program requirements for a Modified Stage 2, Stage 3, and a new edition of certified technology.
Click here to continue reading. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Francois J. Archambault, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
Francois J. Archambault, MD, has joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA. Dr. Archambault graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Psychology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and received his Medical Degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, International School of Medicine, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Dr. Archambault completed his residency training at New York Medical College at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, where he was Chief Resident. He also completed a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York, where he was named Fellow of the Year. Prior to joining AllCare Clinical Associates, Dr. Archambault was a partner at East Carolina Anesthesia Associates in Greenville, North Carolina. He provided anesthesia services at East Carolina Heart Institute, Viadent Medical Center and SurgiCenter of Eastern Carolina.

Dr. Archambault is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, Western Carolina Medical Society and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists/IARS.

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.
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
3 Keys to Building a Better Day Off Work
If your work is stressful, a day off should be a way to recharge and an oasis of rest and rejuvenation ... right?
How often are your days off simply playing catch up on a different punch list, punctuated by frustrating calls from the office or hospital? Let me show you some ways to ensure you are not doing laundry, mowing the lawn or answering nurses questions on your day off.
In this short video training, you will learn three essentials to building the highest quality day off possible. When you do these three things it will transform your day off into the oasis you are seeking.
I even include exactly what to say to the office or hospital if they call you on your day off - so they never call you again.
Click Here to learn 3 Keys to Building a Better Day Off Work
Job Board & Classified Ads
Anesthesia Services Director (AllCare Clinical Associates)

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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