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December 7, 2016

In This Issue:
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Register Now: MAHEC Event - MACRA 2017 and Beyond: What You Need to Know 12/13/16
Register Now: MAHEC/WNCAP HIV Educational Series: Prevention and Treatment for Positive Patient Outcomes 12/13/16
Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing 1/29/17
WCMS Welcomes New Members
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
The MACRA Final Rule: Five Crucial Questions Asked and Answered
An Introduction to Value-Based Payment Models
Trump's HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price: The CliffsNotes Version
GOP Still Splintered Over Obamacare after Pence Meeting
Hospitals warn Trump, Congress of Massive Losses with Affordable Care Act Repeal
30M Would Be Uninsured If 'Replace' Stalls After 'Repeal' Goes Through, Report Finds
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
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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: MAHEC/WNCAP HIV Educational Series: Prevention and Treatment for Positive Patient Outcomes 12/13/16
HIV prevention and treatment is a public health priority for Western North Carolina. With the explosive rise of Heroin and Injection Drug Abuse in this area, it is imperative that providers are aware of the screening protocols needed and their patients are adhering to treatment plans after diagnosis. 
Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing 1/29/17
Come welcome your new boards, drink a beer, and try some unique hors d'oeuvres from around the world!

LOCAL NEWS
 
WCMS Welcomes New Members
Click here to view our newest members. 
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. 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
The MACRA Final Rule: Five Crucial Questions Asked and Answered
Ron Shinkman, a Los Angeles-based health care editor and journalist specializing in economics and public policy has written an extensive article for NEJM Catalyst. In this article he fully explores these five questions:
1.Will MACRA's Fate Change Due to Donald Trump's Election?
2.What Changed Between the Proposed Rule and Final Rule?
3.How Are Physician Practices Preparing for MACRA?
4.What Might Be Unintended Consequences of MACRA?
5.How Is MACRA Positioned for Success?
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An Introduction to Value-Based Payment Models
For many physicians and practices, their introduction to "value based" contracts will come in the form of understanding Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). However, if you are getting paid on a "pay for performance" basis from the commercial payers, you are already participating in value-based contracts.
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Trump's HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price: The CliffsNotes Version 
President-elect Donald Trump early Tuesday morning confirmed a mountain of industry hearsay when he announced he would nominate Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) for HHS Secretary. 
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GOP Still Splintered over Obamacare after Pence Meeting
After meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Tuesday to hash out plans to repeal Obamacare, top Senate Republicans are no closer to resolving an issue that's splintering the GOP heading into the start of Donald Trump's presidency: how long to give themselves to replace the law. Pence communicated that the incoming administration is prepared to work closely with Congress on the issue, senators said, but did not dictate how long the transition period should last. That decision will affect millions of Americans' health care and send insurance companies scrambling to adjust. (Everett and Haberkorn, 12/7)
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Hospitals Warn Trump, Congress of Massive Losses with Affordable Care Act Repeal
The nation's hospital industry warned President-elect Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade and trigger "an unprecedented public health crisis." The two main trade groups for U.S. hospitals dispatched a letter to the incoming president and Capitol Hill's top four leaders, saying that the government should help hospitals avoid massive financial losses if the law is rescinded in a way that causes a surge of uninsured patients. (Goldstein, 12/6)
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30M Would Be Uninsured If 'Replace' Stalls After 'Repeal' Goes Through, Report Finds
The Urban Institute study found that 22.5 million people would lose coverage directly due to repeal of the law, while another 7.3 million would become uninsured because of the ripple effects of market upheavals.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
A Leader's Prescription for Change Management
By Deborah Munhoz, M.S., Certified Physician Development Coach™
 
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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. WCMS is an organization run by physicians for physicians. In 2017, benefits of membership will be open to physician assistants as well. 


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

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director