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October 26, 2016

In This Issue:
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Register Now: Hepatitis C Academic Mentorship Boot Camp 10/27/16
Register Now: Women in Medicine Affinity Group 11/2/16
Register Now: MACRA Educational Webinar Sessions 11/21/16 & 12/6/16
Register Now: MACRA 2017 and Beyond: What You Need to Know 12/13/16
Message from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair
WCMS' Third Quarter Strategic Plan Update
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
WCMS "Get Out the Vote" Materials Available Now
Bowtie Briefing for 10/21/16
CMS Announces Additional Opportunities for Physicians to Join Payment Models
8 Quotes that Will Help You Understand MACRA Better
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Hepatitis C Academic Mentorship Boot Camp 10/27/16
Registration is now open for the Hepatitis C Academic Mentorship Boot Camp brought to you by NC Hepatitis C: Test, Link, Cure (TLC). Training is supported by the collaborative efforts provided by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch; the University of North Carolina, and Duke University.
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. 
Register Now: MACRA Educational Webinar Sessions 11/21/16 & 12/6/16
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining the requirements of the new Quality Payment Program for physicians that was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) on October 14, 2016.  While the AMA is in the process of fully analyzing the regulations, a first review reveals that CMS responded to many of the concerns expressed by physicians about the proposed rule issued last spring.  On November 21 and December 6, the AMA will host educational webinar sessions to help physicians prepare and understand what the final rule means for their practice. 
Click here to register for 11/21
Click here to register for 12/6
These sessions will cover the same material.  Physicians and medical society staff are welcome.
Register Now: MACRA 2017 and Beyond: What You Need to Know 12/13/16
Join us to review the details of the Final MACRA Rule, and help your practice plan 2017 strategies that will positively impact your 2019 revenue. The presentation will provide an overview of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Final Rule currently scheduled to take effect on 01-01-2017. The overview will include information on both the Merit Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Method (APM) options, including information for Mission Health Partners practices. 
LOCAL NEWS
 
Message from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair
Dear WCMS Members,

Greetings from your WCMS Foundation Board Chair. I hope this update finds you well and at peace, especially during this political season, chock full of things that can lead to stress and un-centeredness among our colleagues and our patients!

As a physician and medical director at a very busy health center, I know many of my colleagues are being pulled in so many directions these days, and sometimes we wonder, "Did I sign up for this?"

I find myself asking, why do I do this? One way I find some peace is reminding myself of the three pillars of the WCMS Foundation: Access to Health, Reducing Health Disparities, and Promoting Wellness. These pillars transcend politics and get to the core of why we do what we do. It also begs the question, "How many more folks in western North Carolina can benefit from these foundational pillars?"
Click here to read Dr. Wallenius' full message.
WCMS' Third Quarter Strategic Plan Update
Click here to view our progress on the 2016 Strategic Plan. 
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 10/21/16
 
Click here to view the video. 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
CMS Announces Additional Opportunities for Clinicians to Join Innovative Care Approaches Under the Quality Payment Program
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new opportunities for clinicians to join Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) developed by the CMS Innovation Center to improve care and potentially earn an incentive payment under the Quality Payment Program created through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The Quality Payment Program rewards clinicians with sufficient participation in Advanced APMs that align incentives for high-quality, patient-centered care. By giving more clinicians the opportunity to participate in these models, today's announcement will extend the benefits of high-quality, coordinated care to more Medicare beneficiaries.
Click here to continue reading.  
8 Quotes that Will Help You Understand MACRA Better
This week, CMS released the final rule for implementation of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Click here to continue reading. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
There are two retreats that you might be interested in:
See Dike Drummond in Mexico! 
Click here to view the flyer for Dike's upcoming retreat!

and...a Women-only retreat in Mexico! View the brochure here.
Job Board & Classified Ads
Payment Posting Specialist - Allergy Partners
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

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