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August 9, 2016

In This Issue:
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Register Now: Ward and Smith, P.A. Asheville Health Care Luncheon 8/17/16
MAHEC Job Fair 9/21/16
WNC Practice Transformation Workshop 8/24/16
WCMS Rural Medicine Affinity Group 9/8/16
Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16
"Blue Ridge Bone & Joint" Merges
Public Health Alert from BCHHS
House Hopefuls Ager and Moretz Find Agreement in Debate
Project Access Update: Gabapentin Prescriptions
A Primary Care Model for the New Medicare Payment System
Innovative Practice Highlight: Endoscopy at Cherokee Indian Hospital
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
NCMS Health Care Leadership and Management Program is Accepting Applications
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Ward and Smith, P.A. Asheville Health Care Luncheon 8/17/16
Please join Ward and Smith, P.A. for lunch and a roundtable
discussion of current legal issues affecting health care providers.

At the August meeting, Rendi Mann-Stadt will lead a discussion
regarding when your practice is required to provide interpreters
for patients who are deaf/hearing impaired or who speak little or
no English and what compliance options are available for
your practice to deal with these patients.

Wednesday, August 17
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Doubletree by Hilton Asheville
115 Hendersonville Road

RSVP to Jen Ritter-Tomasik
jlr@wardandsmith.com or 828.348.6070.
MAHEC Job Fair 9/21/16
To register, contact julie.michalove@mahec.net


Prepare Your Practice for Value Based Payment: WNC Practice Transformation Workshop 8/24/16
Kathy Whitmire, Regional Vice President, Southeast with National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC), will present a workshop on the Practice Transformation Network (PTN) program as designed as a part of the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) to help providers transition from fee-for-service to advanced payment models, and be able to succeed under the new guidelines for the Physician's Quality Report System (PQRS) and the Value-Based Modifiers (VBM).

WCMS Rural Medicine Affinity Group 9/8/16
Community Care of Western North Carolina will join the group to discuss the opioid crisis and potential resources for providers in the Region. We'll be meeting from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Mars Hill location of the Hot Springs Medical Program. Dinner will be provided. 

Register Now: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16 - Bring the Whole Family
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! Bring the whole family for an afternoon of food and fun!

LOCAL NEWS
 
"Blue Ridge Bone & Joint" Merges with 3 NC Practices to Form One of the State's Largest Physician-owned Orthopaedic Practices
July 28, 2016- In a common mission to provide streamlined, patient-centered care, four independent orthopedic physician groups across North Carolina have joined together to form a new practice called EmergeOrtho. With 49 office locations in 21 counties statewide, EmergeOrtho is one of the largest physician-owned orthopaedic practices in the country. Additional practices are poised to join during a second phase of expansion projected for early 2017.  The combined practices include 126 physicians and 237 physician assistants, nurse practitioners and therapists. With the projected 2017 expansion, there will be approximately 170 physicians in the practice.
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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: ACIP Recommendation Against Intranasal Flu Vaccine for 2016-17 Flu Season
As you likely have heard by now, in June 2016, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued a recommendation that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine or FluMistŪ) not be used for the 2016-2017 flu season. 
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House Hopefuls Ager and Moretz Find Agreement in Debate
ASHEVILLE - The two candidates competing to represent eastern and northern Buncombe County in the state House agreed more than they disagreed in a debate Friday.
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Project Access Update: Gabapentin Prescriptions
Patients will no longer be able to obtain Gabapentin (Neurontin) with their PA medication card. Instead, they will be able to obtain Gabapentin through NCMedAssist at no cost. WCMS' Health Access Counselors will assist patients with the application.
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NATIONAL NEWS
 
A Primary Care Model for the New Medicare Payment System
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the open application period for physician practices to participate in a new, nationwide primary care payment model. Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a primary care medical home that could qualify physicians for the incentive payment for Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) participants under the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) starting in 2019.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Innovative Practice Highlight: Endoscopy at Cherokee Indian Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Saladin was recruited to Cherokee Indian Hospital (CIH) in 2013 straight out of residency training in Family Medicine. She came armed with a skill set not usually encountered in primary care training: endoscopy.
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
What is Resilience? 

"Resilience" is defined as the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.

On March 9, of this year, my colleagues (my friends) and I unclipped our pagers from our belts, scrub tops, and white coats to read, en masse, "Important announcement at noon conference today."

At that noon conference, we found out that one of our fellow residents had committed suicide by jumping from the hospital housing building. This intelligent, dedicated, accomplished young physician was the third internal medicine resident in our 22 square mile city to perform this act with identical detail in just under 2 years. We were dismissed to return to our pagers.
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NCMS Health Care Leadership and Management Program is Accepting Applications
The NCMS Foundation is now accepting applications from physicians for our Health Care Leadership and Management program. This leadership development program has a business focus and provides physicians with knowledge and tools to lead in value-driven health care systems.

The revised dates are:
Block I/Kick off of Program: October 14 - October 16, 2016
Block II: December 9 - December 11, 2016
Block III: March 10 - March 12, 2017
Block IV/Graduation: June 23 - June 25, 2017

For additional information and to register, please click here.

Tuition is $4,900 for NCMS members and $8,900 for nonmembers (NCMS membership is $430/year).
Job Board & Classified Ads
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner - Andrews Internal Medicine
Medical Assistant - Community Family Practice
Clinical Supervisor - Community Family Practice
Nurse Practitioner -  Apple Valley Family Medicine

To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad click here.

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