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March 16, 2016


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Join Us Tonight: Henderson County Mixer
Register Now: Independent Physicians Affinity Group 4/4/2016
Moretz and Edwards Win Primaries
WCMS Meets with Candidates Frank Moretz and Chuck Edwards
Women in Medicine Enjoyed a Presentation by Dr. Nicole Swiner
NCMS Summarizes Medicaid Reform Draft Waiver
Bowtie Briefing for March 11, 2016
Doctors Ponder Delicate Talks As Medicare Pays For End-Of-Life Counsel
C.D.C. Painkiller Guidelines Aim to Reduce Addiction Risk
Why Physicians Have Yet to Adopt Telemedicine
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
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UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Join Us Tonight: Henderson County Mixer 3/16/2016
At the end of 2015, the Henderson County Medical Society combined forces with WCMS, allowing us to offer free memberships to all Henderson County physicians for 2016.

We want to invite all Hendersonville physicians and WCMS members to join us at Southern Appalachian Brewing for a beer and some snacks, and learn more about what it means to be a member of your regional medical society. 
Register Now: Independent Physicians Affinity Group 4/4/2016
WCMS board member Dr. Gus Vickery, will present on his innovative practice, Synergy Health Solutions, at the first Independent Physician Affinity Group of the year on April 4, 2016 at the Asheville Event Center from 6-8 p.m. Dr. Vickery's model offers patients direct primary care outside the traditional payer model, increasing affordability and accessibility for the patient while reducing paperwork for his staff. 
Click here to read our full interview with Dr. Vickery.

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LOCAL NEWS
 
Frank Moretz and Chuck Edwards win Primaries
Voters rejected attacks against a mainstream Republican businessman in one state legislative race and picked a candidate who once said he could be comfortable in either party in another. 
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WCMS Meets with Candidates Frank Moretz and Chuck Edwards
WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz and physician board members recently met first with candidates Frank Moretz and then with Chuck Edwards to learn more about their stance on important issues facing WNC residents and physicians. Moretz, a retired physician and small business owner, emphasized that there is a lack of physician voices and medical knowledge within current state representation. Moretz believes in the positive implications of Medicaid expansion and the importance of access to quality healthcare, and feels his voice is an important one to have at the table. 

Edwards, a businessman from Flat Rock, would like to learn more about Medicaid expansion and its implications before taking a firm stance. He does believe that we need Medicaid reform before expansion. Other topics discussed with Edwards included scope of practice, mental health, and substance abuse. WCMS encouraged Edwards to use the medical society as a resource on healthcare issues as he moves forward in his candidacy.
Women in Medicine Enjoyed a Presentation by Dr. Nicole Swiner
On March 10th, WCMS hosted its first Women in Medicine Event of 2016. Dr. Nicole Swiner, author of "How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex," gave a presentation and led an engaged conversation about what female physicians can do to help improve work-life balance.  A big thank you to Dr. Swiner and all of the women who attended for making this a great event!

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STATE NEWS
 
NCMS Summarizes Medicaid Reform Draft Waiver
To highlight the important points contained in the state's draft Medicaid reform waiver application presented last week by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice, North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) staff has thoroughly reviewed the document and written this summary. The draft application must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in order to implement the Medicaid reforms adopted by the NC General Assembly last fall.
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Bowtie Briefing for March 11, 2016
NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Chip Baggett shares developments regarding the Medicaid reform draft waiver and recent scope of practice testimony provided at the General Assembly.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Doctors Ponder Delicate Talks As Medicare Pays For End-Of-Life Counsel
Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: "Physicians can now bill Medicare $86 for an office-based, end-of-life counseling session with a patient for as long as 30 minutes. Medicare has set no rules on what doctors must discuss during those sessions. Patients can seek guidance on completing advance directives stating if or when they want life support measures such as ventilators and feeding tubes, and how to appoint a family member or friend to make medical decisions on their behalf if they cannot, for instance. The new policy reflects Americans' growing interest in planning the last stage of their lives when they may be unable to make their wishes known."(Galewitz, 3/16) 
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C.D.C. Painkiller Guidelines Aim to Reduce Addiction Risk
WASHINGTON - In an effort to curb what many consider the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government on Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, recommending that doctors try pain relievers like ibuprofen before prescribing the highly addictive pills, and that they give most patients only a few days' supply.

The release of the new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ends months of arguments with pain doctors and drug industry groups, which had bitterly opposed the recommendations on the grounds that they would create unfair hurdles for patients who legitimately have long-term pain.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Why Physicians Have Yet to Adopt Telemedicine
When Mia Finkelston, a family practice physician in Leonardtown, Md., first opened her small-town physician practice, things started off well.

"I was taking care of patients that I'd see in the grocery store. My patients were my friends' parents. It was that sort of thing. It was very tight-knit and within the community," Finkelston says.
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Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
The AMAA publishes a quarterly Physician Family Magazine.
Click here to read the winter 2016 publication.

The most recent publication includes an especially great read titled "4 Steps Toward Achieving Work-Life and Home-Life Balance"

"As a forty-something female physician, the concept of work-life balance continues to be elusive to me. Can we truly find a balance between work and the rest of our life, or perhaps to more accurately put it, can we find balance in work-life and home-life?" Check out page 4 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