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January 20, 2016


In This Issue:
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Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Register Now: Advance Care Planning: Making it Work in Your Practice and Getting Paid for it 1/27/2016
WCMS Rural Medicine Affinity Group Kicks Off 2016
WCMS Meets with Rep. Brian Turner
Study Finds Rural Hospitals Hurting in Medicaid Non-Expansion States
Health Law and Policy Program Presents 'Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina'
Bias and Burnout: Evil Twins
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
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UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
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, unique appetizers in the spirit of Chinese New Year, and an introduction to your new WCMS Board of Directors. And of course, try a delicious beverage from Highland Brewing!
Please RSVP today. 
Register Now: Advance Care Planning: Making it Work in Your Practice and Getting Paid for it  1/27/16
Date: January 27, 2016 6:00 PM
Location: MAHEC Education Building
On Oct. 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule including two CPT codes to reimburse for advance care planning (ACP). Reimbursement for ACP is a game changer for providers!
Get more information about this educational event here.
LOCAL NEWS
 
WCMS Rural Medicine Affinity Group Kicks Off 2016
On January 14, twenty docs plus Community Health Specialist, Lorna Barnett, met in Mars Hill for the first Rural Medicine Affinity Group of 2016. WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz gave updates on these topics:
  • ACO Investment Model for Rural ACOs
  • NC Rural Health Leadership Association
  • Toe River Project Access
  • Swain County Free Clinic Grant
  • Rural ACA Counseling days 
Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodward gave an update on Project Promise, an initiative to educate rural high school students on career possibilities in the medical field. 

Dr. Brian Kaderli, WCMS Member and Resident, facilitated a discussion on Full Scope care, and invited Drs. Arch Woodard and Charlie Baker to share their career experiences with the group. 

Lorna Barnett, a Community Health Consultant from Swain County, introduced a federal grant writing possibility and took some Q & A from the group.

The Rural Medicine Affinity Group will meet again in May of 2016, topics TBD. 

Click here to read the message from the group's champion, Dr. Kate Queen. 

If you'd like to be added to the group, please contact megan@mywcms.org.
WCMS Meets with Rep. Brian Turner
On 1/19/16, WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz, board members Drs. Gus Vickery and Scott Donaldson, and WCMS Lead Member Coordinator Megan Hare met with Rep. Brian Turner (Buncombe, 116). Topics discussed included what to expect in the upcoming short session, Medicaid Reform, Medicaid expansion, mental health, CON, and the upcoming election in 2016. WCMS plans on holding additional local meetings with WNC legislators and candidates in the coming months before the session begins. If you are interested in participating in these discussions, please let Megan know at megan@mywcms.org.
STATE NEWS
 
Study Finds Rural Hospitals Hurting in Medicaid Non-Expansion States
A team of UNC-Chapel Hill researchers compared rural hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid with those in states that haven't, and found that those in states that haven't will carry a heavier financial burden.
Click here to continue reading. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Health Law and Policy Program Presents 'Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina' on Monday, 1/25/2016
Wake Forest Law's Health Law and Policy Program1 will host a panel of industry leaders to discuss the "Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. For those who are unable to attend in person, a live webcast will be available at http://go.wfu.edu/j9v2.  For best results, this video should be viewed using Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Mac).
Click here for more information. 
Bias and Burnout: Evil Twins
This year's Medscape Lifestyle Report covers two important aspects of a physician's personal life that could affect care of patients: burnout and bias. Over 15,800 physicians from over 25 specialties responded, providing some surprising responses relating to these issues. The survey also asked physicians about marijuana use and prescribing; political and religious leanings; and whether they were healthy, wealthy, and happy.
Click here to continue reading. 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
The Very Opposite of Burnout - What You Absolutely Must Know

The hallmarks of job related burnout have been well described - emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment. To be burned out means to be completely miserable in your work. People who suffer from burnout dread Mondays, they long for the weekends or for more time off and hate what they do throughout the workday which never seems to end.
Click here to continue reading. 
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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,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director