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February 1, 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
Register Now: Independent Affinity Group 3/13/17
Article by WCMS Member Dr. Christie Lehman: Viscosupplements for OA of the Knee
WCMS' Fourth Quarter Strategic Plan Update
Bowtie Briefing for 1/27/17
Senate Committee Approves Tom Price without Democrats
What Does Trump's Executive Order Mean for Obamacare?
Drug Distributors Penalized For Turning Blind Eye In Opioid Epidemic
The Healthy Healer
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!

Register Now: Independent Affinity Group 3/13/17

Click here for more information and registration. 
Save the Date: WCMS Emeritus Group 3/15/17
Dr. Jeff Heck will provide an update on all that is happening at MAHEC. Save the date and look for your invitations soon!
LOCAL NEWS
 
Article by WCMS Member Dr. Christie Lehman: Viscosupplements for OA of the Knee 
Are you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis that is keeping you from participating in the activities you love? Are you looking for non-surgical options for treatment?  Dr. Lehman is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician who specializes in non-surgical treatment for knee pain.  If bracing, therapy and medication aren't working, consider viscosupplement injections.
Click here to continue reading.
WCMS' Fourth Quarter Strategic Plan Update
Click here to view details on our progress with the 2016 Strategic Plan. For a summary of 2016 in numbers, check out this quick overview. Our 2017 strategic plan can be found here. Now you know everything about your medical society's goals and achievements!
STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing for 1/27/17

Click here to watch the video. 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Senate Committee Approves Tom Price without Democrats
As Democrats didn't have enough votes to permanently block Price's nomination, delay tactics were their only real weapons. 
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What Does Trump's Executive Order Mean for Obamacare?
When President Trump issued an executive order Friday to "ease the burden of Obamacare," he sent a clear message that his administration intends to abolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

But the order does not repeal the ACA, nor does it make immediate changes to Americans' insurance.

Healthcare law experts help sort out what did happen, what could happen, and by what timeline.
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Drug Distributors Penalized For Turning Blind Eye In Opioid Epidemic
As the toll of the opioid epidemic grows, scores of doctors have lost their licenses and some have gone to prison. Pharmacies are being sued and shuttered. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are under investigation and face new rules from regulators.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
The Healthy Healer

Click here to read this article in AMA's Physician Family Magazine.
Immigrant Rights and Resources from WCMS Interpreter Network
Click here for information. 
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