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January 11, 2017
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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message: Membership Now Open to PAs (Left)
Register Now: WCMS Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing 1/29/17
Advance Care Planning Workshop at Reuter Center (UNCA Campus) 2/9/17
Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office Based Opioid Treatment 2/16/17 or 6/26/17
Final Opportunity to Vote to Approve 2017 WCMS Board Slates & Answer Short Survey
WCMS' 2017 Strategic Plan
Order Now: 2016-17 Physician "Blue Book" Directories
NCMS Partners to Create Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan
Bowtie Briefing for 1/6/17
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Last Chance to Register: 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!


Advance Care Planning Workshop at Reuter Center (UNCA Campus) 2/9/17
Click here for details and registration. 
Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office Based Opioid Treatment 2/16/17 or 6/26/17
Click here for information and registration. 
LOCAL NEWS
 
Final Opportunity to Vote to Approve 2017 WCMS Board Slates & Answer Short Survey
Click here to cast your vote for 2017 Foundation and Association Boards!
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
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
 
NCMS Partners to Create Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan
The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is pleased to announce an innovative health plan for patients and an exciting opportunity for physicians and physician assistants in the ongoing Medicaid reform process. Working in conjunction with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), and Centene Corporation we are collaborating to form Carolina Complete Health, a patient-focused, physician-led, home grown health plan to provide Medicaid managed care services in North Carolina.
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Bowtie Briefing for 1/6/17
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide Prevention



Physicians have higher rates of burnout, depressive symptoms, and suicide risk than the general population. Physicians and trainees can experience high degrees of mental health distress and are less likely than other members of the public to seek mental health treatment. Physicians report several barriers to seeking mental health care, including time constraints, hesitancy to draw attention to self-perceived weakness, and concerns about reputation and confidentiality. 
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Job Board & Classified Ads

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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

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