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Healthier Communities through Pop-Up Markets

April 29, 2016

WCMS is proud to be collaborating with Buncombe County DHHS on Pop-Up Markets! WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) will be working with Rasheeda McDaniels with Buncombe County DHHS to determine which Pop-Ups will best benefit from interpreter services.

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Project PROMISE Launches New Website

April 29, 2016

Project PROMISE is a local program that recruits motivated rural high school students with authentic interest in healthcare and supports them by providing exposure and mentorship in the medical field.

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NCMB Program to Address Opioid Crisis

April 28, 2016

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UnitedHealth to stop selling ACA plans in NC and most other states

April 20, 2016

UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will shrink its participation in Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen states this year.

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New Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing from the CDC

April 20, 2016

Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.

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BCDH Health Update: Zika Virus

March 30, 2016

Of note, there have been updates regarding who should be tested or considered for testing for Zika (see below), based on data that suggest that sexual transmission is more common than previously reported, as well as evidence that travel limited to elevations higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level posed minimal (approximately 1%) likelihood for mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, even within countries reporting active transmission.

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North Carolina Medicaid Waiver Proposal: Talking Points for Physicians

March 28, 2016

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) urges the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to use the regulatory process to define which Chapter 58 insurance protections will be made available under the reformed Medicaid program. Relying on the individual plan contracting processes to accomplish this goal will result in harm to patients, unfair competition, the inability to compare plans with objective metrics as plans will not be playing by the same rules and a lack of transparency. These protections are in place to protect patients and were put into law because the contracts in use at the time were deficient. The Department must ensure these protections will be provided in an open, transparent and consistent manner.

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Lower Your Overhead With a Patient Portal: Trillium Family Medicine

March 25, 2016

It is not news that electronic health records (EHRs) are a major cause of job dissatisfaction among physicians. Advances in patient portal technology over the past few years, however, have opened numerous opportunities for health information technology to actually improve your office and your job satisfaction. Patient portals, when implemented well, can increase workplace efficiency and reduce practice costs.   

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Community Care of North Carolina Wins $100,000 Hearst Health Prize Chosen From Among 125 Entries From Across the Nation

March 23, 2016

Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, announced on March 8 that Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) in Raleigh is the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, at the 16th annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia.

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Multiple myeloma: New drugs offer hope to patients

March 21, 2016

March is Multiple Myeloma Month! It is the month chosen to celebrate the courage of multiple myeloma patients and their caregivers and to increase awareness about the disease, thereby increasing the prospect of funding for more research. Indeed, it has been a success story to build on.
 
In the past few months, five different drugs or drug regimens have been approved by the FDA to treat the disease. This certainly increases the prospect of increasing the survival of patients with this disease, until now considered incurable. Following the lead of Bart Barlogie, M.D., Ph.D., a prominent researcher and multiple myeloma expert, it is time to start thinking about and working toward the cure.

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NCMS Summarizes Medicaid Reform Draft Waiver

March 10, 2016

To highlight the important points contained in the state’s draft Medicaid reform waiver application presented last week by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice, North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) staff has thoroughly reviewed the document and written this summary. The draft application must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in order to implement the Medicaid reforms adopted by the NC General Assembly last fall.

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Message from WCMS President, Samantha Read-Smith

March 9, 2016

Dear Colleagues,
 
Behind the scenes at WCMS, we've been busy rolling out our 2016 strategic plan (the strategy is based on interview data from our membership and community partners). It's going to be a meaningful year with a jam-packed agenda. WCMS is tackling head-on one of the most pressing issues facing physicians: burnout.

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Department of Health and Human Services Review of Medicaid Reform Report and Section 1115 Waiver Application

March 9, 2016

View the Powerpoint presentation from NC Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Alert from Buncombe County HHS: Mumps outbreak near Charlotte

March 7, 2016

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is working with local health departments to investigate and control an outbreak of mumps in the Charlotte region. This memo is intended to summarize information regarding mumps diagnosis, management and prevention and to encourage clinicians to promptly report suspected mumps cases.

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BCDH Health Alert: Influenza Activity Increasing in WNC

March 4, 2016

Influenza activity increased in NC during the last half of February. Flu is now widespread across the state.

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