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  Community Pulse - November 2016

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In This Issue:
Ad (left): WCMS Membership Available to Physician Assistants in 2017
New Members to WCMS
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
Letter from WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz
WCMS Faces of the Uninsured - Watch Jerry's Story
Nowhere to Go: Mental Patient Crisis Impacting Mission Hospital
WCMS Interpreter Network Reassures that your Right to a Medical Interpreter Remains Guaranteed
WCMS Foundation Endowment Fund Provides Support for Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County
A Survey of America's Physicians
Federal Court Orders NC to Redraw Districts
Price, Verma Nominations Seen as Showing Trump is Serious about ACA Repeal
UNC's Pam Silberman: What to Expect Post-ACA
WCMS Job Board
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LOCAL NEWS

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.
Letter from WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz
Dear WCMS Members and colleagues:

Now that the elections are over, WCMS will be closely monitoring national and state plans to reform health care in the coming months. We will keep you informed so that you can continue to make sound professional choices regarding how you practice medicine. 

In the meantime, we will continue to develop our 2017 strategic plan in accordance with our vision to be a dynamic physician community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant western NC. Our strategic plan will focus on legislative advocacy, rolling out The Healthy Healer program, addressing public health issues, expanding access to care, decreasing health disparities, and promoting health and wellness. We will publish the full plan once the Association and Foundation Boards have approved it (late December).

Let's talk about what this election means for healthcare over the coming days, weeks, and months. I'd love to hear your opinions. Send me an email at Miriam@mywcms.org. 

Sincerely,
Miriam Schwarz, MPA
CEO
WCMS Faces of the Uninsured - Watch Jerry's Story
Take two minutes to listen to Jerry's story. Uninsured for many years, too poor to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, and without Medicaid expansion in NC to help him, local Buncombe County resident Jerry Moncus relies on WNCCHS to treat his diabetes affordably. But, what would he do if he needed more than primary care services? Well, it happened.
Click here to watch the video.
Nowhere to Go: Mental Patient Crisis Impacting Mission Hospital
The issue is complex and impacts the community as well as wait times for some patients going into Mission's Emergency department. Patient advocates tell News 13 it dates back to the '60s and '70s when the United States de-institutionalized facilities that housed mental health patients. The practice nationwide advocates say is to place patients in smaller more residential settings including independent living.
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WCMS Interpreter Network Reassures that your Right to a Medical Interpreter Remains Guaranteed
Since the election, various people have raised questions regarding whether medical interpreting and the WCMS Interpreter Network, otherwise known as WIN, will be relevant in the coming years. The president elect's comments that he will deport undocumented immigrants, will not allow Syrian refugees into the US and about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raise concern in many people about the future of language access in healthcare.  Those goals (and whether or not he achieves them) won't change anyone's right to medical interpreters.
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WCMS Foundation Endowment Fund Provides Support for Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County
The Good Samaritan Clinic in Jackson County received $8,640 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment Fund (as part of a $20,000 Community Foundation of WNC People in Need Grant) for an 8-month initiative to transition from a paper medical record system to an electronic health record system.
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STATE NEWS

A Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives
Responses from the State of North Carolina 

Following are responses from the state of North Carolina to a national survey of physicians commissioned by The Physicians Foundation and conducted by Merritt Hawkins. Of 17,236 survey responses, 1,303 were from physicians in North Carolina. Responses of North Carolina physicians are compared to all survey responses.
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Federal Court Orders NC to Redraw Districts, Hold Elections in Fall of 2017
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Federal judges told the North Carolina legislature Tuesday to redraw its own districts by mid-March to replace ones the judges previously struck down and to hold a special election using the new maps in November 2017.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Price, Verma Nominations Seen as Showing Trump is Serious about ACA Repeal
President-elect Trump's selection of Rep. Tom Price, MD, to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and of Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is portrayed by the media as indicating that the new Administration will support congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act - which, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday, the House will act on early next year. 

The Washington Post (11/29, A1, Goldstein, Viebeck) says on its front page that both Dr. Price and Verma "have for years pursued a sharply conservative agenda that includes redefining Medicare, placing 'personal responsibility' requirements on low-income recipients of Medicaid, or dismantling" the ACA. Their agenda "could dramatically alter access to insurance and medical services for more than 100 million Americans." 

Reuters (11/29, Holland) says Trump "cast Price and Verma as a 'dream team' to help him once he takes office on Jan. 20 with his campaign pledge to repeal" the ACA. The AP (11/29, Peoples, Alonso-Zaldivar) calls Dr. Price "a fierce 'Obamacare' critic who also has championed efforts to privatize Medicare." 

The AP (11/29, Werner) reports McCarthy said Tuesday that Congress may vote to repeal the ACA before putting forward a replacement - which, the AP says, "could allow congressional Republicans to take swift action" on one of Trump's campaign promises "while putting off the hard part. And while repealing the law could be done with GOP votes alone, any replacement plan would likely require the cooperation of minority Democrats in the Senate." 

Roll Call  (11/29, McPherson) reports that McCarthy says the House will use the same reconciliation process used to pass the law in 2010 to repeal it. He "declined to set a time frame for Congress passing a replacement plan, saying that it's important to get it done right and that 'it's not going to be easy.'" 
ITEMS OF INTEREST

UNC's Pam Silberman: What to Expect Post-ACA
Click here to view her presentation to CareShare.
Job Board

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Learn more about the Western Carolina Medical Society on this page. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.   

 

Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
(828) 274-2267 ext. 312