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July 13, 2016

In This Issue:
New Blue Book Directories will be Available in October
Register Now: Independent Physicians Affinity Group 7/25/16
MAHEC Diversity Summit 8/19/16
Save the Date: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16
2015 Project Access Thank You Ad Appears in Citizen Times
Mission Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare Establish Network and Accountable Care Relationship
Bowtie Briefing for 7/8/16
Why Hospitals are so Mad about Medicare's Proposed Site-Neutral Payment Policy
Taking on the Opioid Epidemic
Mission's Paulus Testifies on 'Choking Fog' of Law
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Independent Physicians Affinity Group - Marketing Your Practice Webinar with White Coat Solutions 7/25/16 (for Practice Mangers, too!)
Want to attract more patients to your practice?
 
Want to attract more patients to your practice? In this webinar, you'll learn 7 proven marketing strategies to help you stand out from the competition and position your practice as the local leader in your specialty. From online marketing to increasing referrals, this webinar will give you plenty of ideas on how to step up your practice's marketing game. There will also be time at the end of the webinar for questions.

About the Speaker: Amanda Kanaan, President & CEO of WhiteCoat Designs

Amanda is a medical marketing specialist who founded WhiteCoat Designs (based in North Carolina) after recognizing a strong need for physician-focused marketing services. She's a national speaker on the topic of medical marketing and has published over a hundred medical related articles. Her agency, WhiteCoat Designs, has helped practices across the country cumulatively increase revenues by millions of dollars.

Click here to register.
MAHEC Diversity Summit 8/19/16
On August 19, MAHEC is offering a diversity and health equity summit. This is a day long conference offering discussion around a variety of topics including the promotion of health equity, diversifying the workplace, and addressing unconscious bias. See attached flyer. Continuing medical education credits will be available for health professionals. 
Click here for more information. 
Save the Date: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16      
The picnic will again be held at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester. We're looking forward to welcoming physicians who are new to the area and meeting Physician Assistants who will be eligible for membership in 2017!        
LOCAL NEWS
 
2015 Project Access Thank You Ad Appears in Citizen Times
On July 9, the Sunday edition of the Asheville Citizen Times printed the names of the hundreds of physicians who generously donate care to Buncombe County residents.
Click here to view the ad.
Mission Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare
Establish Network and Accountable Care Relationship
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2016) - Mission Health Partners (MHP) and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship that gives people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare plans access to all Mission Health Partners facilities and physicians.

The Mission Health Partners network includes clinicians, hospitals and other health care providers committed to improving access to high-quality care, improving clinical outcomes, lowering costs of care and creating an exceptional patient experience for western North Carolina residents.
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STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing for 7/8/16
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Why Hospitals are so Mad about Medicare's Proposed Site-Neutral Payment Policy
Hospitals are livid about the Obama administration's plans to eliminate their Medicare payments for services at new off-campus outpatient departments, saying it ignores the intent of Congress and will limit access to care.

Under an outpatient payment rule proposed last week for 2017, Medicare would not pay hospitals for most services provided at off-campus departments that started billing Medicare after Nov. 2, 2015. Instead, physicians would be paid for services there at an enhanced rate. And off-campus departments that were already billing Medicare as of that date would not be paid for any services they add. They also would be cut off from all payments if the facility is relocated or expanded.
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Taking on the Opioid Epidemic
The House last week voted 407-5 to pass legislation aimed at curbing opioid misuse in the United States. Among other provisions, the bill would establish or update existing opioid-related substance use disorder education, prevention, and treatment programs. The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve the measure despite some Democratic lawmakers' concerns about additional funding for the legislation. (Sources: CQ News, 7/8 [subscription required]; The Hill, 7/8; The Hill, 7/8; Modern Healthcare, 7/8; Washington Post, 7/10)
Mission's Paulus Testifies on 'Choking Fog' of Law
A federal law that limits physician referrals to related businesses is frustrating efforts to tie payment to quality of care and should be repealed, the head of Mission Health told a congressional panel in Washington on Tuesday.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician Burnout Epidemic Demands Changes in Current CME Policy

Have you ever tried to get CME authorization for a non-clinical physician training? It is the most frustrating example of a Catch 22 you will find in modern healthcare.

Succinctly put - if a training directly benefits the attendee and their quality of life, it is ineligible for CME credits.
Click here to continue reading. 
Job Board & Classified Ads

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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,

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director