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May 31, 2017
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Register Now: WCMS Hosts Legislative Update Featuring Chip Baggett from NCMS in Asheville 6/15/17
Save the Date: Newcomers Picnic 9/24/17
Save the Date: Healthy Healer Retreat Featuring Rebecca Sotile Fallon 11/4/17
Upcoming OLLI ACP Workshop 6/21/17
Message from the Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Britt Peterson
Mission Health Agrees to 'Sit-Down' with Macon Residents
Harris positions itself as WNC health care hub
Bowtie Briefing with NCMS' Chip Baggett 5/26/17
Precision Medicine Is Coming To a Doctor Near You
New C.B.O. Score: G.O.P. Health Bill Would Save Government Billions but Leave Millions Uninsured
Healthy Healer
Want to feel more confident in your leadership role? Apply for the Leadership College today!
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UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: WCMS Hosts Legislative Update Featuring Chip Baggett from NCMS in Asheville 6/15/17 
NCMS Lobbyist Chip Baggett will be in Asheville Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. to report current legislative activity in Raleigh and do a Q & A for WCMS members. 
Save the Date: Newcomers Picnic 9/24/17
Please mark your calendars for the 2017 Newcomers Picnic at Yesterday Spaces! Bring the whole family to this inter-generational, fun, and collegial event! September 24 at 4 p.m.
Save the Date: Healthy Healer Retreat Featuring Rebecca Sotile Fallon 11/4/17
Also mark your calendars for the 2017 Healthy Healer Retreat with Rebecca Fallon of the Sotile Center for Resilience. This years' retreat will focus on relational health and coping with changes at home and in the work place. The Retreat will be held Saturday, November 4th
Upcoming OLLI ACP Workshop 6/21/17
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7-9 p.m. The workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues, and the uses of advance directives. For more information, click here.
LOCAL NEWS
 
Message from the Foundation Board Chair, 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. To continue reading, click here
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
Harris positions itself as WNC health care hub
From a geographical prospective, Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva is strategically located to serve as a health care hub for the most western counties in the region, but hospital leaders know it will take more than a convenient location for patients to consider it their go-to resource for services.
"When we refer to ourselves as a regional hub, we understand that's an earned position and not just going to happen because we're in Sylva," said Harris CEO Steve Heatherly. "Patients have choices, and we have to earn the privilege to be able to serve them."
The health care industry has been in a constant state of fluctuation for the last five years with the passage and implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act under President Barrack Obama and now with the proposed American Healthcare Act under President Donald Trump.
Now patients in rural America who've been covered under ACA are worried they'll have fewer choices and options when all is said and done. Click here to continue reading
STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing with NCMS' Chip Baggett 5/26/17

NCMS Lobbyist Chip Baggett will be in Asheville Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. to report current legislative activity in Raleigh and do a Q & A for WCMS members. Click here to register. 
NATIONAL NEWS
 
Precision Medicine Is Coming To a Doctor Near You

Medicine is becoming more and more precise. Healthcare professionals have growing access to big data, computational power and genetic sequencing and testing. Advances such as genetic screenings that rule out ineffective chemotherapy treatments are already being used clinically. Many other diseases, from high cholesterol to depression, are also on the list to potentially benefit from getting more precise interventions.To continue reading, click here
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
 
Healthy Healer
This doctor takes pride in being inefficient. Here's why.

The emergency room is packed. I interject another question to further clarify when exactly Mrs. Smith's chest pain started, cutting off a story about her daughter - a tactic I would have found unthinkably rude only years before but has now become a necessary technique. After leaving the room, I try to put in orders, but the electronic medical record resets itself, I'm informed an X-ray won't upload unless I retype the request in a specific and lengthy way, the phone rings, an EKG is dropped in front of me to be interpreted, and a patient calls over the desk for my attention. Click here to continue reading.
Want to feel more confident in your leadership role? Apply for the Leadership College today!
This year, WCMS CEO Miriam Schwarz, medical student Anne Cotter, and Drs. MaryShell Zaffino and Richard Bunio all participated in the NCMS Leadership College. We can all attest to the value of participating in this program. The North Carolina Medical Society Leadership College provides you with the tools to handle the rapidly changing health care environment and call-to-action as a physician leader. 

The requirements to participate in the year-long program are: membership in the NCMS; the endorsement of your nominating organization; and a willingness to grow professionally and personally. WCMS will be delighted to nominate you to the college!

Click here to learn more.
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WCMS is a thriving 650+ 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, WCMS opened membership to physician assistants.

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.  
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Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director