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December 2, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
Sponsor Message: Medical Mutual
Join WCMS' Table at MLK, Jr. Breakfast 1/16/15
Save the Date: Advance Care Planning 1/27/16
Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Physicians' Voice in the News
Buncombe Project Access Offers Mental Health Referrals to All Souls Counseling Center
Buncombe Project Access Offers Mental Health Referrals to Smoky Mountain Mental Health Services
Dr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House
WCMS Foundation Endowment Helps Fund Good Samaritan Clinic in Morganton (Burke County)
FROM NCMS: Medicaid Re-Credentialing Efforts Resume on Large Scale
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Message from Physician Spouse & Family Network Champion
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
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: Advance Care Planning 1/27/16
Medicare has just approved reimbursement for advance care planning (ACP) discussions. Beginning in 2016, ACP discussions will be a recognized, reimbursable benefit for Medicare recipients. There are two CPT billing codes, and ACP can be an optional and reimbursable element of Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit. How do practices provide this service? On January 27th MAHEC will host a program, "Implementing ACP For Your Practice".
Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
The WCMS Annual Celebration is January 31st, 2016 at Highland Brewing from 6 - 8 p.m. We hope you'll join us for some great music from physician-led band Blues Crew, fun food in the spirit of Chinese New Year, and an introduction to your new WCMS Board of Directors. 
Please RSVP today. 
LOCAL NEWS
 
Physicians' 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's a recent article from WCMS member Dr. Praveen Vashist,  "After Holiday Dinner, Talk about Family Medical History."

Excerpt: "Over centuries, human beings have observed the passage of various traits, desirable or not, from one generation to another. This has evolved from the centuries old practice of breeding farm animals and selecting farm crops to the more recent and controversial science of genetically modified foods, cloning of animals, and promising gene-therapy to treat serious health conditions."
Buncombe Project Access Offers Mental Health Referrals to All Souls Counseling Center
If you are a primary care or specialty care physician who volunteers for Project Access, and your PA patients need mental health care services, you can now refer them to All Souls at low to no cost to the patient. WCMS Foundation now has a Memorandum of Understanding with All Souls to offer low cost/free access to mental health care for the uninsured. You may refer a patient to Project Access® staff using our standard referral form (note that the patient needs therapy or psychiatry and request All Souls specifically).

ASCC provides mental health services to uninsured and underinsured residents of WNC for issues such as depression and anxiety, employee assistance, stress management, addiction recovery, trauma, relationship problems, grief, life transitions, parenting issues including post-partum depression, couples, LGBTQ needs, psychiatric medication management for established patients, and bilingual English/Spanish counseling.

To find out how All Souls can assist you and your patients, please contact them at 828-259-3369. More information about referring your uninsured Project Access patients to All Souls can be found here.
Buncombe Project Access Offers Mental Health Referrals to Smoky Mountain Mental Health Services
If you are a primary care or specialty care physician who volunteers for Project Access, and your PA patients need mental health care services, you can refer them to Smoky Mountain for both emergency/crisis AND routine appointments. Smoky will handle all disability groups and diagnoses. Uninsured PA patients will be covered by state funds set aside for this purpose. You may refer a patient to Project Access® staff using our standard referral form (note that the patient needs therapy or psychiatry and request Smoky specifically).

The Call Center (1-800-849-6127) is open 24/7 (including weekends and holidays). Smoky encourages the physician/practice to make the appointment for the patient (while the patient is still in the office), because then the doctor/practice will know where the appointment is scheduled and if the consumer attended the appointment or not. If the patient makes the appointment, Smoky will follow-up with the patient and not the doctor/practice.

The first appointment is usually a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment with a Masters level provider. An individual does not usually see the psychiatrist on their first appointment unless the need has been assessed for that to happen. Individuals will either go to RHA or Family Preservation Services(FPS) in Buncombe County. Once the initial appointment is made, Smoky staff will make a reminder call to the individual and follow-up calls to make sure they attended their appointment. If they did not attend their appointment, Smoky will attempt to reschedule their appointment.

Mobile Crisis can be called directly (1-888-573-1006) if the Doctor feels there is an immediate emergency (harm to self or others, psychosis, etc.).

For a flow chart outlining the process, please click here.
Dr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House
November 30, 2015
Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh
For Immediate Release: November 25, 2015
Contact: Dr. Frank Moretz, 828-338-0390

Fairview, NC - Today, local physician Frank Moretz declared his intention to run for NC House District 115 in the 2016 General Election. Moretz shares partial ownership of Highland Brewing and serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
Click here to continue reading. 
WCMS Foundation Endowment Helps Fund Good Samaritan Clinic in Morganton (Burke County)
The Good Samaritan Clinic, Morganton received $8,470 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment (as part of a $20,000 People in Need Grant) to hire pharmacists and thereby increase pharmacy hours to accommodate the prescription needs of patients while they are at the clinic.
Good Samaritan Clinic is open four days a week for medical appointments, but previously there was only enough funding for the pharmacy to be open two days a week. The People in Need Grant will provide patients the opportunity to have access to medication every day the clinic is open. The clinic is expanding from Monday and Wednesday to include Tuesday and Thursday.
STATE NEWS
 
FROM NCMS: Medicaid Re-Credentialing Efforts Resume on Large Scale
Re-credentialing necessary for continued participation in Medicaid/CHIP

Thousands of Medicaid providers received re-credentialing notices from NCTracks yesterday, which invite recipients to submit completed applications within 45 days. The notices were sent by CSC via regular mail and electronically to each provider's Message Center Inbox on the NCTracks Provider Portal.

Please look for this notice, and if you receive one, act promptly to begin the process. Providers that do not submit completed applications by the deadline will see Medicaid claims and payments suspended, and could also eventually have their participation terminated.

Since 2013 the automated function of notifying providers that it was time to complete re-credentialing has been disabled in NCTracks. This was due to technical glitches, inaccurate Medicaid provider records, legislative changes, and other reasons. Yesterday's batch of notices is the first since the functionality was restored and activated, and NCTracks will continue to notify providers in this manner as they approach the end of their five-year cycles.

Federal Medicaid regulations and state law require providers to undergo re-credentialing periodically. Thanks to lobbying efforts by the North Carolina Medical Society earlier this year, the provider re-credentialing cycle was extended from every three years to every five years. This positive change will reduce your costs and the administrative burdens associated with Medicaid participation.

The Division of Medical Assistance and CSC have published several articles with additional details, including the following:
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine

Do you find yourself spending too much time on things that have nothing to do with seeing patients - and then getting home later than you would like?

Do you notice that for every 15 minutes you spend with a patient you spend WAY more than that messing around in the EMR and being distracted by things like prescription refills, test results and a hundred other forms of two bit clerical work in your day?
Click here to continue reading. 
Message from Physician Spouse & Family Network Champion
  "WCMS provides legislative advocacy on the local and state level, social events, and support networks. My husband Ed and I have made this less than $1.00/day investment for 23 years, and the professional and social connections have been invaluable to our family."
Learn more about the WCMS Family Network, and click here to renew your WCMS membership today. 


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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


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director