Better, Smarter, Healthier: In historic announcement, HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value

January 26, 2015

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.

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458,676 people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

January 22, 2015

In North Carolina, 458,676 people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. US Department of Health and Human Services encourages consumers to sign up before Open Enrollment ends on Feb. 15.

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WCMS Foundation Receives Grant for Interpreter Network to Expand in McDowell County

January 9, 2015

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) was granted $14,000 to expand the WCMSF Interpreter Network (WIN) to McDowell County.  The funding was provided by a grant from The McDowell Endowment and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.  This grant will help the McDowell County hearing impaired and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) population gain access to trained medical interpreters.

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Alert from BCDH: Influenza Update & Guidance for Providers

January 5, 2015

Influenza activity has increased over the last month and is widespread in NC and locally.  As of December 27, 2014, the total # of flu-associated deaths reported in NC so far this season is 17.

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WCMS 2015 Strategic Plan

December 30, 2014

Thanks to all our key partners, WCMS has developed our Strategic Plan for 2015.

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ACOs Moving Ahead

December 29, 2014

89 New Accountable Care Organizations Join Program to Improve Care for Medicare beneficiaries

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Expanding Medicaid Would Bring Millions to WNC

December 19, 2014

Western North Carolina stands to lose big. From 2016 to 2020, the cumulative business activity lost In Buncombe County totals $745 million; it reaches 54.5 million in Haywood, another 168.1 million in Henderson, 54.1 million in McDowell, and 21.7 million in Mitchell County.

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December 18, 2014

WCMS  member physicians can host at their practices one of our Health Access Counselors between now and Friday, February 13, 2015 to help your patients enroll in either the HIM, Medicaid, Medicare or Project Access® (the latter for Buncombe residents only) as eligible.

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Bednarek to Serve as McDowell Hospital’s Interim President

December 15, 2014

Mission Health has announced the appointment of Bob Bednarek as interim President of McDowell Hospital, beginning January 1.

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Free Health Carnival!

December 9, 2014

Food, games, health screenings, health insurance information, and fun!

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Letter from the WCMS President- D. Gus Vickery, MD

December 3, 2014

"Most of us probably had some individualized vision of what it meant to be a physician. I would imagine most of us were excited about the potential to make a difference in peoples’ lives, to improve the health of our communities and to collaborate with other professionals who possess a passion for medical science and its ability to do good. What happened to that passion, that vision?"

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Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Update & Letters to Parents of Local Childcare

November 26, 2014

It became apparent that the volume of children who may have been recently exposed to someone sick with pertussis was very large and that it likely would be very difficult for our staff to contact all of the involved families by phone prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Local Non-Profits Offer Free Health Insurance Literacy & Budgeting Classes

November 25, 2014

Two local non-profits are teaming up to offer a FREE two- part series on health insurance basics and budgeting for health care costs.

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Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Outbreak in WNC

November 25, 2014

Henderson and Transylvania counties are dealing with outbreaks of pertussis, here are some reminders and guidelines.

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Alert from BCDH: Updated Ebola Guidance

November 25, 2014

Please see these documents providing updated guidance to North Carolina health care providers as well as non-hospital healthcare facilities regarding assessment for Ebola virus disease (EVD) and management of suspected cases.

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