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  Community Pulse - January 2017

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In This Issue:
Ad (left): WCMS 2016-17 Blue Books Available to Order
New Members to WCMS
WCMS' 2017 Strategic Plan
WCMS Interpreter Network Receives Grant to Provide Language Services to Rural Counties
Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Receives Anonymous Donation from The Community Foundation of WNC
WLOS Plans Town Hall "Repealing Obamacare: What's Next?"
WCMS Foundation Partners with VISION USA
The Physicians' Voice in the News
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
Beyond Medicaid, Lawmakers Have Lots of Health Care Priotities
As Obamacare Repeal Heats Up, Newly Insured North Carolinians Fret
Trump Issues Executive Order to Curb Some Parts of ACA
Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act
WCMS Job Board
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New Members to WCMS
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LOCAL NEWS

WCMS' 2017 Strategic Plan
In 2016, WCMS continued its tradition of collecting strategic planning data from key partners throughout the year so that our strategic plan remains contemporary and relevant. Over 100 individuals were interviewed individually and in groups from our key partners, including physicians (both employed and independent across WNC); health system leadership; funders/donors/sponsors; business leaders; community leaders; practice managers; patients and employees. As the data were compiled, we looked for strong thematic findings across key partner groups and developed from these themes proposed strategic statements. Both the Association and Foundation Boards of Directors along with WCMS staff subsequently prioritized, editedand approved the strategies in accordance with our mission, while insuring that the final, approved plan represented input from all key community partners.
Click here to view our 2017 Strategic Plan
WCMS Interpreter Network Receives Grant to Provide Language Services to Rural Counties
Grant funded interpreter services will now be available for providers seeing low income, uninsured patients in Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey Counties! The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded Western Carolina Medical Society's Interpreter Network (WIN) with a $20,000 People In Need Grant for 2017 to support the providers who donate care to low income and uninsured people in rural counties. To continue reading, click here
Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Receives Anonymous Donation from The Community Foundation of WNC to Help Uninsured Cancer Patients
An anonymous fund at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is designated for nonprofits to support unmet medical needs across the region, with a preference for programs serving cancer patients.  This distribution to Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation supports Project Access's care for cancer patients including medications, durable medical equipment, navigational services, transportation vouchers, interpreters and other wrap-around services.
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WLOS Plans Town Hall "Repealing Obamacare: What's Next?"
Asheville, N.C. - ABC 13 is hosting a "Your Voice, Your Future" Town Hall. The topic is "Repealing Obamacare: What's Next?" The purpose of the Town Hall is to address concerns our viewers have about the future of healthcare in North Carolina. Click here to continue reading. 
WCMS Foundation Partners with VISION USA
WCMS Foundation would like to announce a new partner, VISION USA, for our Project Access® patients. VISION USA provides free eye exams to eligible, low-income individuals. Services are donated by volunteer optometrists who are members of the American Optometric Association and may be limited in some areas.
To qualify, applicants must meet all five of the eligibility requirements outlined below:

1. Have no private or government insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid
2. Have income below the established level based on household size 
3. Have not had an eye exam within the past 24 months
4. Must be a US citizen or legal resident with a social security or legal resident number
5. Have not received a doctor referral through the VISION USA program in the last two years
NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE

Beginning January 23, 2017, Project Access® physicians can refer patients to be screened for this service by selecting the Optometry box on the Project Access® Patient Referral Form. Our referral form can be found on our website: www.mywcms.org/projectaccess

We are excited to be offering this valued resource to the community.
The Physicians' Voice in the News
WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of 
"The Physicians' Voice," a series of media presentations for the general public that showcase physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health.

E. Blake Fagan is a family physician and the chief education officer at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of MAHEC's Family Medicine Residency Program in Asheville. He is a Western Carolina Medical Society board member. The article is titled: "Lessons of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic."

Excerpt: 
"Opioids, which include Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and morphine, are powerful painkillers. In the past, opioids were mainly used for patients with cancer pain, at the end of life, or after major surgery. But starting about 20 years ago, there was a big push for doctors to prescribe opioids for acute and chronic pain of all types, such as headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis and back pain."
Click here to continue reading. 
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

Beyond Medicaid, Lawmakers Have Lots of Health Care Priorities
North Carolina's lawmakers returned to Raleigh on Wednesday to be sworn in, take photos with family, meet and then return home for the next two weeks.

Even as they packed boxes of files to move to another office and showed around grandchildren, legislators involved with health and human services took a few moments to talk about their priorities for this session.
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As Obamacare Repeal Heats Up, Newly Insured North Carolinians Fret
WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports: "Darlene Hawes lost her health insurance about a year after her husband died in 2012. Hawes, 55, is from Charlotte, N.C. She ended up going without insurance for a few years, but in 2015 she bought coverage on HealthCare.gov, the Affordable Care Act marketplace, with the help of a big subsidy. "I was born with heart trouble and I also had, in 2003, open-heart surgery," she said. "I had breast-cancer surgery. I have a lot of medical conditions, so I needed insurance badly." After the results of the 2016 election, she was scared she'd lose her insurance immediately." (Tomsic, 1/13)
Click here to continue reading. 
NATIONAL NEWS

Trump Issues Executive Order to Curb Some Parts of ACA
The New York Times (1/20, Davis, Pear, Subscription Publication) reported that on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to government agencies directing them "to scale back as many aspects of the Affordable Care Act as possible." According to the Times, the one-page order "has symbolic as well as substantive significance, allowing Mr. Trump to claim he acted immediately to do away with a health care law he has repeatedly called disastrous, even while it remains in place and he navigates the politically perilous process of repealing and replacing it."
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Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act
Read more here.
ITEMS OF INTEREST

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Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

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