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January 25, 2017
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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message: Membership Now Open to PAs (Left)
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 2/15/17
Save the Date: Independent Affinity Group 3/13/17
WNC Flush with Opioids as Officials Seek Solutions
Innovative Practice Spotlight: STEP Program at Haywood Regional Fitness
Tell Us: What healthcare services does your community need?
Medicaid Transformation in North Carolina - Webinar
Bowtie Briefing for 1/20/17
Trump Issues Executive Order to Curb Some Parts of ACA
Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act
The Healthy Healer
Website to communicate with our US legislators as they vote
WCMS Job Board
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Early Career Affinity Group 2/15/17
Retirement Planning, Saving Money and Tax Efficiency

The first Early Career Affinity Group of 2017 is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15. We'll be meeting at Catawba Brewing on the south slope for a casual Q&A with representatives from Parsec Financial. Parsec will answer any questions you may have regarding retirement planning, paying down student loan debt, saving money, and tax efficiency.

Beer and appetizers will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: Independent Affinity Group 3/13/17
Michelle Bilsky CHCO, LHRM with MedMal Direct Insurance Company will be presenting "First Class Patient Experience" at Asheville Event Centre from 6-8 p.m. Mark your calendars now. 
LOCAL NEWS
 
WNC Flush with Opioids as Officials Seek Solutions
Even as the national opioid crisis worsens, Western North Carolina doctors are prescribing increasing numbers of opioid pills. Prescriptions for OxyContin, Vicodin, methadone and other painkillers that can lead to substance abuse and addiction resulted in more than 16 million prescribed pills in Buncombe County in 2015.
Click here to continue reading. 
Innovative Practice Spotlight: STEP Program at Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center - Interview with Drs. Kate Queen and Al Mina

Click here to read the interview. 
Tell Us: What healthcare services does your community need?
Vaya Health is conducting a survey to find out what people living in 23 western North Carolina counties think about the availability of services for mental health needs, substance use issues and intellectual or developmental disabilities in their local communities.

Our Community Needs Assessment Survey gives you the opportunity to tell us what services are needed and share other information important to you. The survey is open from Monday, January 16, through Friday, January 27.

To participate, click here.
STATE NEWS
 
Medicaid Transformation in North Carolina - Webinar
Status Report: Medicaid Transformation in North Carolina
Presented on Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18 , 2017
Presented by Stephen W. Keene, General Counsel and COO with the North Carolina Medical Society
Click here to listen to the recording. 
Bowtie Briefing for 1/20/17
Click here to watch the video. 
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
 
The Healthy Healer
WCMS will continue our work on Burnout Prevention and Physician Wellness in 2017. Check out this new page on our website highlighting what's to come as we roll out WCMS' Healthy Healer Program, and be on the lookout for our first event of the year-Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction Retreat!
Check out this website to communicate with our US legislators as they vote
Get clear, concise summaries of bills going through Congress, see what others think, then take action. Telling your reps how you feel is easier than ever with email and now video messages. Make your democracy more responsive!
WCMS Job Board
If you are a 100% Member Practice, posting job openings here is FREE! 
Click here for more information. 

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