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  Community Pulse- October 2015

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In This Issue:
Limited Number of Blue Books Remain - Order Yours Today
Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD
Register Now: Dyslexia Awareness Event 11/10/15
LGBT Health Fair 11/17/15
New Members to WCMS
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace Begins November 1
Physician's Voice in the News
Guest Columnist in ACT: Time to Fix a Broken Mental Health System
12-story Mission Tower Gets Final Approval from Asheville
New Cherokee Indian Hospital Opens
Project Access Partners with All Souls Counseling Center for Mental Health Services
Medicare Part B Premiums to Rise 52% for 7 Million Enrollees
What Project Access Means to Me
Stephen Perhac, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
Francois J. Archambault, MD, Joins AllCare Clinical Associates
WCMS Physician Blue Books for Sale Now
WCMS Job Board
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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (October 2015)
October 22, 2015
"Investing in Physician Wellness". All of these challenges are associated with an epidemic spreading across the profession: burnout. Your medical society, Western Carolina Medical Society, is keenly aware of all this and has declared that the welfare of physicians and their families is a core objective of its 2015 and 2016 strategic plans.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Register Now: Dyslexia Awareness Event 11/10/15
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LGBT Health Fair 11/17/15
Are you or your practice interested in increasing your reach to the LGBT community? The ACA Partners of WNC and over 20 other partner organizations invite you to attend the 2015 WNC LGBT Health Fair on November 17th from 3-7pm at the First Congregational UCC on 20 Oak Street in Downtown Asheville. For more information or if you would like to exhibit services at the fair, visit wnclgbthealthfair.org or email wnclgbthealthfair@gmail.com.
LOCAL NEWS

New Members to WCMS   
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace Begins November 1
Click here for a flyer you can post/give to your uninsured patients.
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
Guest Columnist in ACT: Time to Fix a Broken Mental Health System
By Dr. Britt Peterson
It is once again saddening to have another mass shooting occur in our nation, this time in Oregon. The call for the reform of our broken mental health system appears to be one upon which people across the political spectrum agree. As a psychiatric physician who works within this incredibly dysfunctional system, I welcome any new motivation that may finally lead to long overdue action in this desire for real change in this regard for our state and nation.
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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.
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New Cherokee Indian Hospital Opens
The new 150,000 square foot Cherokee Indian Hospital is now open. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by several hundred people, was held at the new $82 million facility on Thursday, Oct. 15.
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Project Access Partners with All Souls Counseling Center for Mental  Health Services
WCMS would like to announce our new partner for Project Access® patients, All Souls Counseling Center (ASCC). All patients who are uninsured or underinsured may be referred to ASCC, regardless of enrollment in Project Access; however there is a special discount available for Project Access® patients.
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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.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST

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.
Francois J. Archambault, 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

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.
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