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October 12, 2016

In This Issue:
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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
Shifting Healthcare from Fee-for-Service to Pay for Performance
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
WCMS "Get Out the Vote" Materials Available Now
Bowtie Briefing for 10/7/16
NC Health Information Exchange is Now NC HealthConnex
Medicaid Referral Process Streamlined
AMA Creates Online Tools to Help Physicians with MACRA Compliance
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
 
Shifting Healthcare from Fee-for-Service to Pay for Performance
CCWNC presents the QI Minute, short segments to introduce the pay-for-performance model. Each segment will focus on core concepts that build the foundation for CCWNC network practice support. Topics will include population health management, care coordination, team-based care, quality improvement and more! 
Click here to see the first installment. 
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. 
Get Your WCMS Medicaid Expansion 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
STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing for 10/7/16

Click here to watch video. 
NC Health Information Exchange is Now NC HealthConnex
The NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NCHIEA), which has been overseeing and administering North Carolina's state-operated health information exchange, has a new name: NC HealthConnex.
Click here to continue reading. 
Medicaid Referral Process Streamlined
The NC Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) recently updated its CCNC/CA referral authorization procedures. 
Click here to read the special bulletin with the updates here.
NATIONAL NEWS
 
AMA Creates Online Tools to Help Physicians with MACRA Compliance
"MACRA represents the most significant change to Medicare's physician payment system in a generation, and the AMA is working to help physicians navigate this change and make sure they are prepared for it," said Dr. Andrew Gurman, AMA president. 
Click here to continue reading. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine

The Power of Gratitude - a 3 minute video worth watching
Job Board & Classified Ads
Nurse Practitioner - Asheville Head, Neck and Ear Surgeons
Part Time Medical Assistant - Grace Evins, MD
Medical Assistant - Vickery Family Medicine
Physician Wanted - Western Carolina Community Health Services

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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
Miriam Schwarz


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director