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November 11, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Circle of Friends Sponsor JPS (left)
LGBT Health Fair 11/17/15
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 11/19/15
Register Now: Emeritus Holiday Social 12/9/15
Join WCMS' Table at MLK, Jr. Breakfast 1/16/15
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Agencies Offer Health Insurance Enrollment Help
Physicians' Voice in the News
A New Model of Health Care at Cherokee Indian Hospital
Get Ready for MIPS -- or Opt Out
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
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
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 11/18/15
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 so we can order enough food & reserve enough space)

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.
Register Now: Emeritus Holiday Social 12/9/15
The final Emeritus Affinity Group luncheon will be on December 9th at the Asheville Country Club at 2 p.m. Emeritus members are invited to bring their spouses/significant others for delicious holiday buffet and mingling. There will not be a speaker at this event.
Click here to register.
Join WCMS' Table at MLK, Jr. Breakfast  1/16/15
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, residents of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community's 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast to commemorate the life and work of Dr. King.

Join Us!
WCMS has purchased a limited number of tickets (10) at our own table for this engaging event, which we are offering to physician members (and one guest) as a gift on a first-come-first-served basis. Join your local elected officials, physician colleagues, and fellow community leaders at the MLK Prayer Breakfast (the largest such gathering in the country.)

Saturday, January 16th, 2016
8:30-10:30 a.m.
(Doors Open 8:00 am)
Crowne Plaza Resort on Resort Drive (West Asheville)

Keynote speaker: The keynote speaker will be Rodney Johnson, a graduate of Asheville High School and Mars Hill College (now University). Johnson is Executive Director of Parent Services, Division of Student Affairs, at George Washington University. He was a star basketball player growing up in North Carolina, and after graduating from Mars Hill he became Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at UNC Asheville and the school's first Director of the Office of Minority Affairs.

Reserve your ticket(s) by December 18th, 2015, by contacting Kelly Kurdyukova (or 274-2267, ext 1301).
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! 
Agencies Offer Health Insurance Enrollment Help 
Asheville Citizen Times

With the help of Blake Ross from Western Carolina Medical Society, [Weaverville resident Michael Wechselblatt] was able to sign up for a plan that will start Jan. 1. He will pay $300 less per month than he is paying now.Ross encouraged people to seek individualized assistance. "Benefits are unique to each consumer," he said.
Click here to continue reading.
Physicians' Voice in the News
WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the "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's a recent article from WCMS member Dr. Gentry Caton, MD of Blue Mountain Surgery"Something to Chew on...to Meat or Not to Meat?"

"A hot topic in the news this month has been a report by the International Agency on Cancer Research, a division of the World Health Organization, that processed meats - and probably red meat - increase a person's chance of getting certain cancers, particularly colon and stomach cancer.

Many doctors, nurses, nutritionalists and other health and welfare professionals are giving out "high-fives" and "I told you so's" because this information has been suspected for a while. There are also plenty of people with "skin in the game" who will say that "the study is flawed" and "Grandpa lived to 101 years old on bacon, jerky and cigarettes everyday, so it can't be that bad."
Click here to read Dr. Gentry's full article in the Asheville Citizen Times. 
A New Model of Health Care at Cherokee Indian Hospital
After a week of rain, the sun rose brightly over the new Cherokee Indian Hospital and the crowd attending its opening day.

And while the traditional music, dancing and prayers that characterized the celebration might not be elements of a typical ribbon-cutting ceremony, the new hospital is not a typical health care facility. But that is what the Cherokee people gathered there Oct. 15 were most proud of.
Click here to continue reading. 
Get Ready for MIPS -- or Opt Out
Medicare's newest quality reporting program will look at data from 2017.

As many providers struggle to comply with the next stage of the Meaningful Use program, they are also trying to prepare for another mandated electronic reporting requirement: Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Click here to continue reading. 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Compassion Fatigue, Physician Burnout and Your Emotional Bank Account

For anyone in the helping professions, Compassion Fatigue is a common occurrence. 

Here is the origin of compassion fatigue, its relationship to physician burnout and what you can do when you recognize it in yourself.
Click here for another Burnout Prevention tool from Dike Drummond. 
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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

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director