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April 27, 2016


In This Issue:
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Early Career Affinity Group Tonight
Preparing for Value-based Payment Models 5/11/16
Quality Improvement Workshop 5/11/16
A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
New WCMS Members
Comprehensive Mental Health Center Opens in Asheville
St. Luke's Hospital Joins National Focus of Patient Experience Week
Bowtie Briefing for 4/22/16
Final CMS Rule for Medicaid Managed Care
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Patients' No. 1 Complaint? Front-desk Staff
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Early Career Affinity Group 4/27/16
The Early Career Affinity Group meets tonight! This will be a casual mix and mingle event that provides early career physicians an opportunity to connect with each other. The event will be held at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company in North Asheville from 5:30-7:30pm. Beer and appetizers are on us. Staff members from Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA, a WCMS Circle of Friends member, will also be joining us for this event. If you'd like to attend, please register here.
 Preparing for Value-based Payment Models 5/11/16
The NCMS is partnering with the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC) to offer North Carolina practices and clinics the opportunity to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), which is funded by CMS.  The support, training and resources, which are provided at no cost to practices through the TCPI program, will allow practices and clinics to establish the necessary framework and infrastructure for implementing value-based payment models, improving population health and lowering overall costs, while improving long term financial sustainability. 
Click here for more information and to register. 
Quality Improvement Workshop Prevention & Wellness 5/11/16
North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, in cooperation with the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and CHESS, invites you to join us to kick off the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative and learn about services you can provide to your patients to promote health and wellness. By providing these services, you will improve community health, increase practice revenue and improve quality scores. At the end of the workshop you will have an individual work plan to incorporate these services into your primary care practice. This is part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI).
Click here to view the agenda.
Contact ncmsfoundation@ncmedsoc.org to register.
A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain - Online CME Course
MAHEC, working with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, The Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse and Project Lazarus: A Project of CCNC, is pleased to present this online education: 
A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Only $15 for the first 6 months! Offers 3 hours of AAFP, AMA/AAFP Equivalency, and CDE.
More information can be found here: www.mahec.net/opioid
LOCAL NEWS
 
New WCMS Members
Click here to view our newest members. 
Comprehensive Mental Health Center Opens in Asheville 
ASHEVILLE - A new facility aims to provide a "one-stop shop" with a range of mental health services in a single location including 24-hour crisis services.

"This facility really is bringing all of the services, from prevention to crisis care, under one roof," said Sandy Feutz, vice president of operations at RHA Health Services.
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St. Luke's Hospital Joins National Focus of Patient Experience Week 4/25 - 4/29
Hospitals and healthcare facilities across the United States are celebrating Patient Experience Week this week, April 25-29, to honor their staff for impacting patients' experiences in a positive way. This is the third annual Patient Experience (PX) Week, a program created by global organization The Beryl Institute. 
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STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing for 4/22/16

Chip Baggett, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, gives us an overview of the legislative priorities for the 2016 Short Session. 
Click here to view the video.
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Final CMS Rule for Medicaid Managed Care
The Obama administration issued a long-awaited final rule to overhaul requirements for Medicaid managed care, a system in which states contract with private insurers to provide coverage to low-income beneficiaries through Medicaid. Among other things, the rule sets the medical-loss ratio at 85 percent, and plans that do not meet the threshold will be penalized. The final rule also requires states to enact standards to ensure patients have access to providers in their plan's network. (Sources: The Hill, 4/25; Kaiser Health News, 4/26; Modern Healthcare, 4/25; AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/25)
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician Burnout is a Public Health Issue 
- If HIV is a public health issue
- If lead poisoning is a public health issue
- If infant car seats are a public health issue

Then physician burnout should be recognized as a public health issue in any setting where physicians take care of patients.
Click here to read more from Dr. Drummond's blog.
Patients' No. 1 Complaint? Front-desk Staff
A study of nearly 35,000 online reviews of physicians nationwide has found that customer service is patients' chief frustration, not physicians' medical expertise and clinical skill.

The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Practice Management, reveals that 96 percent of patient complaints are related to customer service, while only 4 percent are about the quality of clinical care or misdiagnoses.
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
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director