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  Community Pulse - December 2015

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In This Issue:
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New Members to WCMS
Your Year-End-Donation will be Doubled
Mission May End Agreement with Anesthesia Services Provider
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)
Direct Primary Care Model as Alternative to Rising Health Insurance Rates
Mission Health Part of New NC Medicaid System
Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Hospital Care Options
The Economic Impact of Physicians to their Communities and to their Affiliated Hospitals
AllCare Clinical Associates Featured in Medical Group Management Association Report
Some Physicians Suffering Burnout over EHR Mandates
WCMS Job Board
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LOCAL NEWS

New Members to WCMS   
Your Year-End-Donation will be Doubled
Give the gift of health care access for those in need this holiday season and your donation will be doubled. Philanthropist and Chief Executive Officer of AllCare Clinical Associates, Alan McKenzie, has pledged to match every dollar you give to WCMS Foundation before December 31, 2015, up to $5,000.
Click here to give.
Mission May End Agreement with Anesthesia Services Provider
ASHEVILLE - Mission Health may end its relationship with a provider of anesthesia services amid concerns about access to care and costs now that the provider has been acquired by an "out-of-area, for-profit entity."
Click here to continue reading. 
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.
Direct Primary Care Model as Alternative to Rising Health Insurance Rates
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The cost of health insurance continues to rise despite the efforts of the Affordable Care Act.

Now, some healthcare providers are teaming up to develop a new lower cost way to offer coverage. Rising premiums for individuals and employers have a local pharmacy company developing a new healthcare delivery model to fight the rising costs. Blue Ridge Pharmacy is building a healthcare center called Sona, putting a pharmacy, family practice and urgent care all under one roof.

Vickery says it offers healthcare coverage delivered direct to patients and businesses.
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 Mission Health Part of New NC Medicaid System 
ASHEVILLE - Mission Health will be one of 11 North Carolina health systems working to transform the state's Medicaid system.

The collaboration is an outgrowth of state legislation passed this year and intended to reform Medicaid in a way that would streamline payments.

Health officials want a structure that cuts costs while getting doctors more involved in delivering care for the roughly 1.8 million North Carolinians depending on Medicaid, which is designed to help the needy, aged, disabled and low-income families with children.
Click here to continue reading. 
Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Hospital Care Options
HENDERSONVILLE - Blue Ridge Bone & Joint is joining Park Ridge Health's network of primary and specialty care physicians practicing in Western North Carolina, according to a news release from Park Ridge.
Click here to continue reading the Citizen Times article, and view the press release on our website here.
ITEMS OF INTEREST

The Economic Impact of Physicians to their Communities and to their Affiliated Hospitals 
Click here to view to report.
AllCare Clinical Associates Featured in Medical Group Management Association Report
AllCare Clinical Services, PA, was founded in 1971 and is one of North Carolina's largest private and physician-owned anesthesia groups. It provides anesthesia, pain management and perioperative services for nearly 80,000 cases each year. The practice employs more than 200 anesthetists, anesthesiologists, pain management clinicians and business
professionals. It serves private practices, pain management clinics, community hospitals and trauma centers.
Click here to continue reading.
Some Physicians Suffering Burnout over EHR Mandates
In a 1,200-word story, the Chicago Tribune (12/12, Russell) discussed how the Federal government's "elaborate - or maddening and onerous - system of electronic health records" is affecting physicians. According to the Tribune, medical associations nationwide are attributing "increasing doctor burnout to the demands of clicking through page after page of records, whether the patient shows up for a physical, a quick follow-up visit, or treatment for chronic disease." Recently, "Mayo Clinic researchers, working with the American Medical Association, found that more than half of physicians felt emotionally exhausted." Contributing to that exhaustion are "heavier workloads and 'increased clerical responsibilities.'"
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
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