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November 30, 2016

In This Issue:
Register Now: MAHEC Event - MACRA 2017 and Beyond: What You Need to Know 12/13/16
Register Now: Emeritus Holiday Luncheon 12/14/16
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing 1/29/17
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
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
Federal Court Orders NC to Redraw Districts, Hold Elections in Fall of 2017
Updated Health Assessment Forms for NC Public Schools
Price, Verma Nominations Seen as Showing Trump is Serious about ACA Repeal
AMA Statement on the Future of Health Care Reform
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: MAHEC - 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. 
Register Now: Emeritus Holiday Luncheon 12/14/16
Join us for a holiday buffet and piano accompaniment from Art Patten. 
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing 1/29/17
Save the date, and look for your evite soon!
LOCAL NEWS
 
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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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. 
STATE NEWS
 
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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Updated Health Assessment Forms for NC Public Schools
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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
 
AMA Statement on the Future of Health Care Reform
"The AMA House of Delegates, reflecting more than 170 state and specialty medical societies from across the country, today reaffirmed its commitment to health care reform that improves access to care for all patients."
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Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician Burnout: What Can be Done?

Regulatory and administrative burdens associated with various health reform initiatives are taking their toll on physicians. Physicians are more frequently reporting they are burnt out and dissatisfied at work. To address the problem, practices are looking at ways to spread the burden and create more cooperative healthcare teams. 
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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,

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director