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  Community Pulse - March 2017

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In This Issue:
Ad (left): WCMS 2016-17 Blue Books Available to Order
New Members to WCMS
Physicians and PAs: Enjoy 2017 with WCMS!
Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis
WCMS Physician Dream Team Goes to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday
WCMS Supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, with important modifications
The Physicians' Voice in the News
Now Recruiting Bernstein Fellows!
Nurses Make A Full Court Press for Regulatory Changes
Surgeons were told to stop prescribing so many painkillers. The results were remarkable.
Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare Patients
From the American Academy of Pediatrics on Immigrant Children
WCMS Job Board
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New Members to WCMS
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Physicians and PAs: Enjoy 2017 with WCMS!
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* Keep legislation out of the physician-patient relationship and exam room
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* Discounts on counseling/coaching
Mindfulness in Medicine Retreat, April 22-23
* Large event with renowned speaker, November 4
 
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LOCAL NEWS

Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis

Pictured: Dr. Mike Parmer, Dr. Scott Donaldson, Dr. Bill Hathaway, Dr. Rebecca Bernstein, Dr. Blake Fagan, Dr. Susan McDowell, Dr. MaryShell Zaffino
Others in attendance: Dr. Steven Crider, Dr. Lee Manthorne, Dr. Teresa Herbert, Dr. Todd Wallenius, Dr. Steve Crane, Dr. Rick Bunio, Dr. Will McLean, Eric Christian (CCWNC), Steve Keene (NCMS), Miriam Schwarz (WCMS CEO)
Click here to read the meeting summary
WCMS Physician Dream Team Goes to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday

On March 22nd, CEO Miriam Schwarz and five politically fired-up WCMS physicians traveled to Raleigh to meet with WNC legislators. We are proud to report that every single meeting was on-target and productive. Topics included WCMS' support of the STOP Act (Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention Act) with some modifications; and our disapproval of HB 88 (Nurse Modernization Act), which allows nurses, including those with little to no experience, to practice without physician supervision; and our strong disapproval of HB 36 (Enact Enhanced Access to Eye Care Act), which allows optometrists to perform surgeries of the eye. To read the full article, click here
WCMS Supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, with important modifications
WCMS supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention STOP Act, with important modifications, such as (but not limited to):

1. The scheduled drugs included in the bill (Schedule II - Schedule V) are too broad. The drugs fueling the opioid crisis are mainly Schedule II-III drugs. Providers should not be required to check the Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS) for all scheduled drugs. To read more about WCMS' proposed changes, click here.
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.

Dr. Caton is a native of North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill as an undergraduate and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Family experiences with colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease helped focus his practice and drive the compassionate care that he strives to provide for all patients. He is accepting patients at Blue Mountain Surgery and is a member of the Western Carolina Medical Society.
The article is titled "Cutting Colorectal Cancer Risk"
Excerpt: 
When it comes to our health, we often can feel overwhelmed or confused about the diseases our doctors attempt to explain. Even the most in-depth internet search can lead you to conflicting information and can cause frustration.
Click here to read full article. 
Now Recruiting Bernstein Fellows!
The purpose of the Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program is to develop future leaders to work in and improve the health of rural and underserved communities in North Carolina. The Fellows Program commemorates the life and career contributions of James D. Bernstein, North Carolina's rural health pioneer who led the state's efforts for community-driven care of low- and moderate-income, isolated, and underserved populations for more than 30 years.

Click here for more information. 

STATE NEWS

Nurses Make A Full Court Press for Regulatory Changes
In almost every legislative session of the past decade, advanced practice nurses have made attempts at the legislature to change the way they are licensed and regulated. This year, they think it will actually happen.
Click here to continue reading. 
NATIONAL NEWS

Surgeons were told to stop prescribing so many painkillers. The results were remarkable.
The head of general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center had a remarkably simple idea not long ago: What if the department suggested that surgeons limit prescriptions of narcotic pain pills to a specific number for different kinds of operations?
Click here to continue reading. 
Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients
Citing tighter profit margins, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic recently told his employees that the prestigious health system will prioritize the care of privately insured patients over those on Medicare and Medicaid.
Click here to continue reading. 
From the American Academy of Pediatrics on Immigrant Children
"Immigrant children seeking safe haven in the United States, whether abstract arriving unaccompanied or in family units, face a complicated evaluation and legal process from the point of arrival through permanent resettlement in communities. The conditions in which children are detained and the support services that are available to them are of great concern to pediatricians and other advocates for children."
Click here to read more. 
ITEMS OF INTEREST

Job Board

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Learn more about the Western Carolina Medical Society on this page. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.   

 

Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

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