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October 5, 2016

In This Issue:
Registration Now Open for Upcoming Opioid Focused Training in Western NC
Register Now: Emeritus Luncheon 10/26/16
Register Now: Women in Medicine Affinity Group 11/2/16
"Get Home Early" Presentation with Dr. Mark McNeill
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
WCMS Rolls out Grassroots "Get Out the Vote" Materials
Meet WCMS' ASL Interpreters
Aetna to Cut Back 70% on Obamacare Plans in 2017
Bowtie Briefing for 9/30/16
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Registration Now Open for Upcoming Opioid Focused Training in Western NC - Events in Henderson, Haywood, and Buncombe Counties
Register Now: Emeritus Luncheon 10/26/16
Our third luncheon of the year will feature Dr. Daniel Gwan-Nulla, MD of Haywood Regional Hospital. He will present "Surgical Training Mission in Africa."
Register Now: Women in Medicine Affinity Group 11/2/16
The final Women in Medicine affinity group of 2016 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd. The theme of this event will be alternative medicine and we will be joined by local female practitioners from various fields for a Q&A. We will kick off the evening with a short tai chi session led by WCMS member, Dr. Sharon Sweede. The event will be at the Asheville Event Center from 6-8pm. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Space is limited, so please register if you wish to attend. 
LOCAL NEWS
 
"Get Home Early" Presentation with Dr. Mark McNeill

On October 4th, Dr. Mark McNeill presented "Get Home Early: Tips & Tricks to Improve your Practice using the Patient Portal" to the Independent Physicians Affinity Group. It was an excellent presentation! Thank you, Mark!
Click here to read more and view the slides.
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
The 2016-17 Physician Directory listing over 1,600 WNC Physicians is now available.  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
Meet WCMS' ASL Interpreters
Meet our ASL Interpreters and watch them sign!

Thanks to a very generous donation of time and talent from videographer Jim Lawrence, Deaf patients in our community can now view our ASL interpreters on our website and determine which interpreter best suits their language needs. People in the Deaf community asked for this, and thanks to Jim's philanthropy, we were able to deliver. Enjoy!
Click here to view.
STATE NEWS
 
Aetna to Cut Back 70% on Obamacare Plans in 2017
The health insurer said it will offer individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange plans in just four states, down from 15 this year, in an effort to reduce its losses.
Click here to continue reading. 
Bowtie Briefing for 9/30/16

Click here to watch video. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Survey of Over 17,000 Physicians Finds Shifting Practice Patterns Limit Patient Access to Care

"It is imperative that all healthcare stakeholders recognize and begin to address these issues more proactively, to support physicians and enhance the medical practice environment."
Click here to continue reading. 
Job Board & Classified Ads
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Medical Assistant - Vickery Family Medicine
Physician Wanted - Western Carolina Community Health Services

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