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  Community Pulse- November 2015

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In This Issue:
Van Winkle Law Firm- Sponsor Message (Left)
New Members to WCMS
Julian Award Winner, WCMS' Shaneka Simmons
LGBT Health Fair a Great Success
Agencies Offer Health Insurance Enrollment Help
Physicians' Voice in the News
Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program for Uninsured
Officials Break Ground for New McDowell Hospital
A New Model of Health Care at Cherokee Indian Hospital
Medicare Reimbursement for End of Life Discussions with Patients
Message from Physician Spouse & Family Network Champion
WCMS Job Board
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LOCAL NEWS

New Members to WCMS   
Bringing Wellness Within Reach: Julian Award Winner, WCMS' Shaneka Simmons

Mountain Xpress is thrilled to announce the inaugural recipient of the Julian Award (sponsored by Harmony Motors). Shaneka Simmons was presented with the $1000 prize on Nov.1 at the Give!Local kickoff party at the Orange Peel. The award is given to a young person doing creative nonprofit work for our community.
Click here to read more about Shaneka's award! We're SO proud to call her our own!

LGBT Health Fair a Great Success
WCMS' Blake Ross played a key role in organizing Western NC's first ever LGBT health fair which took place on November 17th. 32 Western North Carolina health service organizations and providers came together at the First Congregational UCC in downtown Asheville to discuss the healthcare needs of LGBT patients. Providers were able to share experiences and best practices, as well as build capacity to improve the health and well being of LGBT patients who are recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a vulnerable population in need of additional support. 
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.

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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?"

Excerpt: 
"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. 
Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program for Uninsured
Do you know women age 21- 64 without insurance? They may be eligible for free breast and cervical cancer screening.

Contact your County's BCCCP & WW Provider at Buncombe County Health & Human Services at 828-250-6006.

Diagnosis of the cancer must not be made prior to the patient becoming a NCBCCCP client. Prior diagnosis will result in patient ineligibility for the BCCM Medicaid. Call BCCCP immediately when you have an uninsured patient with a breast problem so that they may receive the BCCCP Medicaid. 
Officials Break Ground for New McDowell Hospital 
McDowell News
"The ultimate goal of Mission Health System is to have healthy communities," said Kathy Guyette, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and president of Regional Member Hospitals with Mission Health. "One way we plan to approach Population Health is through a focus on outpatient access so that we keep people out of the hospital. We've begun focusing on this in the past two years by working to provide additional access points for primary care."
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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.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Medicare Reimbursement for End of Life Discussions with Patients
The Obama administration on Friday issued a final rule that will allow Medicare to reimburse physicians for end-of-life discussions with patients. The change was included in CMS' proposed updates to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The rule will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Meanwhile, CMS said it will not make any changes to its two-midnight rule, under which a hospital admission is assumed to be appropriate for a Medicare Part A payment if a physician expects a patient's treatment to require a two-night hospital stay and admits the patient under that assumption. (Sources:
ITEMS OF INTEREST

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 become a WCMS member today. 

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Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
(828) 274-2267 ext. 312