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September 21, 2016

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Independent Physicians Affinity Group: Tips & Tricks to Improve your Practice using the Patient Portal with Dr. Mark McNeill 10/4/2016
Registration Now Open for Upcoming Opioid Focused Training in Western NC
Pre-Order 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
WCMS Rolls out Grassroots "Get Out the Vote" Materials
2016 Annual Newcomers Picnic a Great Success
Physicians are Frustrated with the Affordable Care Act
The Rising Cost of Patient Care
The Basics of MACRA
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Independent Physicians Affinity Group: Tips & Tricks to Improve your Practice using the Patient Portal with Dr. Mark McNeill 10/4/2016
This session will be open to any WCMS physician member who is interested in attending, regardless of whether employed or in independent practice. 

This session will focus on practical ways to improve your practice and GET HOME EARLIER, specifically by becoming more efficient and effective using your EMR's patient portal.
Registration Now Open for Upcoming Opioid Focused Training in Western NC - Events in Henderson, Haywood, and Buncombe Counties
LOCAL NEWS
 
Pre-Order 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
The 2016-17 Physician Directory listing over 1,600 WNC Physicians will be available the first week of October. Go ahead and order yours now!

Remember, the price is discounted if you are a 100% Member Practice. Contact membership@mywcms.org if you're not sure. 
WCMS Rolls out Grassroots "Get Out the Vote" Materials 
WCMS is excited to announce that we have prepared some materials to help you educate your patients and staffs about the very important issue of Medicaid Expansion. We have a poster for exam/waiting rooms as well as bookmarks that a consumer may take with them.

Click the image to preview the materials.
Contact membership@mywcms.org to request materials for your practice
2016 Annual Newcomers Picnic a Great Success

On Sunday, September 16, the Annual Newcomers Picnic was a lot of fun despite threats of bad weather and a gasoline shortage! We met some of the physicians new to WNC and a few physician assistants, as well! 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Physicians are Frustrated with the Affordable Care Act
Perhaps this frustration comes from four years of having to deal with the negative ramifications of the law. In particular, as Zebley notes, collecting patient deductibles has become more challenging for physicians and their practices due to changes stemming from the ACA. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents say this was their biggest challenge deriving from the reform law, the top concern. Moreover, 45 percent of physicians say collecting copays and deductibles for patients with exchange plans was their largest collection issue. This, in turn, has led to a changing, more tumultuous patient-doctor dynamic, say physicians interviewed for this article.

Brenda Fortunate, a retired family physician who works as a part-time faculty member for Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Mich., saw a similar impact on her practice before she hung up the stethoscope last year. "On one hand, we were able to offer preventive exams to almost anyone since that was a provision of the [ACA] and as a family doc, I believe prevention is key. On the other hand, the individuals who have high deductible plans aren't coming to the office because all of a sudden they not only have to pay their healthcare premium, but the full cost of their office-based services as well," she says.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
The Rising Cost of Patient Care
Physicians are becoming increasingly alarmed about the meteoric rise in costs to provide healthcare to their patients. 
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The Basics of MACRA
What is MACRA?

The "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015" or "MACRA," was signed into law on April 16, 2015. The legislation replaces the current Medicare reimbursement schedule, which is based on a fee-for-service model with a new pay-for-performance program that is focused on quality, value, and accountability. According to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), MACRA will implement a new payment structure that rewards healthcare providers for delivering better care instead of more service.
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Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician Burnout in America

America's healthcare needs are growing as some 10,000 baby boomers become seniors every day, yet physician burnout is on the rise and the medical workforce is declining. Physician leaders nationwide must help reverse that trend by restoring joy to the medical profession.

* 73% of physicians would not recommend their profession to their children;

* 30% of primary care physicians aged 25 to 49 expect to leave the medical field; and

* America will face a shortage of 25,000 surgeons by 2025.

Ronald A. Paulus, MD is featured in this webinar to discuss the latest research in the area and tools for combating burnout.
Click here to view the webinar.
Job Board & Classified Ads
Triage Nurse - Dr. Grace Evins, MD
Family Medicine Physician - Apple Valley Family Medicine
Family Nurse Practitioner - Center for Rural Health Innovation
Front Office Receptionist - Asheville Neurology Specialists
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner - Andrews Internal Medicine
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.  

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Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director