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  Community Pulse - May 2017

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In This Issue:
Ad (left): WCMS 2016-17 Blue Books Available to Order
Physicians and PAs: Enjoy 2017 with WCMS!
New Members to WCMS
WCMS Project Access Launching a Short-term Charitable Program for Patients Diagnosed with Cancer
WCMS Releases First Quarter Strategic Plan Updates
Message from Association Board President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino
Message from Foundation Board President, Dr. Britt Peterson
Innovative Practices: Surgical Specialists of North Carolina
Mission Health Agrees to 'Sit-Down' with Macon Residents
NC Residents Get Less from Republican Health Care Plan
Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget
New C.B.O. Score: G.O.P. Health Bill Would Save Government Billions but Leave Millions Uninsured
WCMS Job Board
Physicians and PAs: Enjoy 2017 with WCMS!
Physicians and Physician Assistants: If you haven't already, please become a member! 

This is a big year for legislative advocacy. Join us to: 
* Keep legislation out of the physician-patient relationship and exam room
* Make your voice heard about patient safety issues
* Fight for patient access to high quality health care

And we're building up our Healthy Healer program. Will include: 
* Discounts on counseling/coaching
* Large event with renowned speaker, November 4
* Other resources to prevent burnout
 
There's a lot happening at WCMS - check out our full 2017 Strategic Plan.

Join Today and make your voice heard!
New Members to WCMS
Click here to view the newest physicians to join WCMS!  
LOCAL NEWS

WCMS Project Access Launching a Short-term Charitable Program for Patients Diagnosed with Cancer
Project Access® is excited to announce that the WCMS Foundation has received an anonymous donation from the Community Foundation of WNC to help Project Access® patients who are diagnosed with cancer access wraparound services. 

We have $6,950 to offer patients access to medications, compounds, over-the-counter supplements, and durable medical equipment. The referred patients will be given access to an account at Sona Pharmacy + Clinic. Once the funding is gone, the program is over. 
 
Below are the requirements to be eligible for services and what is available for the patients. 
Requirements/Process: 
➢ Patients will be provided up to a $700 credit for services
➢ Patient must already be enrolled in Project Access®
➢ Patient must have a diagnosis of cancer
➢ Practice must fax a referral request to Project Access® (referral form can be found here)
➢ Project Access® will contact patient when account is ready

Once the referral is received, we will activate the patient's account with Sona. The patient will be able to obtain medications, compounds, durable medical equipment, and over the counter products/ supplements from Sona. 

We thank Sona Pharmacy + Clinic for collaborating with WCMS Foundation to make this happen!
WCMS Releases First Quarter Strategic Plan Updates
View our recent accomplishments on our website here.
Message from Association Board President, Dr. MaryShell Zaffino
Dear Colleagues, 

As 2017 rolls on, change is ever present in our medical world. As President of the WCMS Association Board of Directors, I can tell you that we're doing our best to keep up with all of the health care transformations that this year has brought, while remembering to take care of ourselves, our families, and our patients. Our 2017 Strategic Plan is well underway. Your board and CEO are representing your voice on issues such as burnout prevention, the opioid crisis, and relevant legislative issues.

Being at the center of constant change can be mentally and physically exhausting, so we continue our emphasis on burnout prevention and physician wellness. We are in the midst of launching our Healthy Healer program. 

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Message from Foundation Board President, Dr. Britt Peterson
WCMS President MaryShell Zaffino 
and I have been greatly concerned 
about the recent reports of harassment toward patients of different ethnic and religious groups.  An Asheville Citizen-Times article by Julie Ball in March, "Local Doctors Speak out About Incidents of Hate Speech" reported an incident of verbal assault in a waiting room towards a Muslim woman expressing her faith by wearing a hijab, as well as reports of patient-on-patient and patient-on-staff intimidation and harassment

Unfortunately it appears that incidents like those have not been as isolated as we would like to believe.  The WCMS Foundation is the home of WIN (WCMS Interpreter Network), which provides professional medical interpretive services to limited English speaking and Deaf patients in many different health care settings.  WIN's professional medical interpreters, who are in health care settings assisting patients on a daily basis, are witnessing multiple similar incidents. 

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Innovative Practices: Surgical Specialists of North Carolina - Dr. Jerimiah Mason


Dr. Jerimiah Mason is an independently practicing physician in Asheville who specializes in minimally invasive procedures for abdominal and GI surgeries, as well as vein disease treatments.
Click here to read the full interview. 

Mission Health Agrees To 'Sit-Down' With Macon Residents 
In the wake of Mission Health's controversial decision to end baby deliveries at Angel Medical Center, health system officials have agreed to meet with concerned residents in Macon County. Nothing yet is set in stone, but Mission Health President Dr. Ron Paulus has agreed to a 'sit-down' with local leaders, and a small cross-section of residents. To read the full article, click here
STATE NEWS

NC Residents Get Less from Republican Health Care Plan
ASHEVILLE - Federal spending to help lower- and middle-income wage earners buy health insurance would drop dramatically in North Carolina under the health care law winning approval in the U.S. House last week.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Monday that the goal is to cut back on public assistance and instead put people back to work. "We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those programs and get back in charge of their own lives."
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New C.B.O. Score: G.O.P. Health Bill Would Save Government Billions but Leave Millions Uninsured
Here are key findings from the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Republican health care overhaul bill passed by the House on May 4.
ITEMS OF INTEREST

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Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

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