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January 27, 2016

In This Issue:
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Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Alert from Buncombe Co. Department of Health: Zika Virus
Dale Fell Health Center Opening on February 8th
Innovations in Medicine: Synergy Health Solutions
Webcast available: "The Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina"
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
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Last Chance: Register Now for WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
The WCMS Annual Celebration is this Sunda, January 31, from 6-8 p.m. at Highland Brewing. It's not too late to register! 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!
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Alert from Buncombe Co. Department of Health: Zika Virus
The CDC has released interim guidelines for health care providers in the US caring for patients, including pregnant women and their infants, who may be affected by Zika virus. Links to this guidance are below as are some key points.
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Dale Fell Health Center Opening on February 8th
A WCMS Health Access Counselor will be co-located at the Dale Fell Health Center; additional WCMS HACs will be collocated at other Appalachian Health sites in the future. In addition to screening and enrolling patients in either the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM for patients >= 100% FPL) or Project Access (PA for patients < 100% FPL) as eligible, the HAC is trained in SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR), and is currently helping homeless persons who are likely to be eligible for Social Security or Social Security Disability complete their applications.
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Innovations in Medicine: Synergy Health Solutions
Interview with WCMS Board Member Dr. Gus Vickery
Local physician, Dr. Gus Vickery, has implemented an innovative way to connect with patients by offering direct primary care.  He founded Synergy Health Solutions which works outside the traditional payer model to focus healthcare on the patient.  Additionally, direct primary care is more affordable and accessible for patients, and reduces paperwork for his staff.  Dr. Vickery has seen improved health with this model, notably among those who previously found difficulty in accessing primary care. 
Click here to read the interview. 

Take note - the next Independent Affinity Group will feature Dr. Vickery as speaker. March date will be announced shortly. 
Wake Forest University School of Law "The Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina" Webcast is now Available
Click here to view video of the panel and slides. 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician burnout, Einstein's lesson #2 and 30 minutes that can change your life.

We all know Einstein's famous definition of insanity:

"Doing the same thing over and over
and expecting a different result."

The Insanity Definition is LESSON ONE in preventing physician burnout.

Not only is that obviously crazy, it is one of the core causes of physician burnout. When the going gets tough, our workaholic programming only gives us one coping mechanism - work harder. So that's what we do until we can't keep going any longer.

Einstein's Lesson #2 is the escape hatch on the insanity trap:
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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