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Heartstrings Press Release

June 25, 2015

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings fundraiser to help fund the WCMS Foundation. To celebrate its 13th year, Heartstrings turned up the fun with a weekend Family Fun Event.  Heartstrings, presented by Quest Diagnostics, was held on Saturday May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th at Carrier Park as part of Asheville’s popular Mountain Sports Festival.

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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (June 2015)

June 15, 2015

"We Take Care of Our Own".  The prevalence of symptomatic burnout is staggeringly high in practicing physicians. To make things worse, most healthcare workplaces completely fail to acknowledge stress, burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed among physicians.  

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WCMS Legislative Priorities, June 2015

June 4, 2015

Based on multiple discussions with NCMS, meetings with legislators, and Board review, WCMS is currently focusing on these legislative priorities, which may change in the ensuing weeks as these issues are moving targets.

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Health Alert from BCHHS Medical Director—Varicella

June 3, 2015

We have recently seen an increase of varicella cases in schools.  I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that although the varicella vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing severe cases of varicella, it is not 100% effective at preventing milder cases.  Please keep Breakthrough Varicella on your list of possible diagnoses in a vaccinated child with a rash illness.

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Attention PCPs: Mission Health Partners Announces “Open Enrollment” to join ACO

May 19, 2015

Mission HP announces its PCP Open Enrollment period, now through June 30th . MHP will be accepting non-binding Letters of Intent from interested practices. To find out more about this opportunity, you may participate in the following information sessions. There is no need to register in advance. Here is a link to learn more about the criteria for joining MHP.

Call Details:

Friday, May 22nd at 7:00am
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
Access code:736 973 266
Passcode: 1122

Monday, May 26th at 5:30pm
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
Access code:730 978 532
Passcode: 1122

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Patient Centered Medical Homes Create Healthier Communities

May 18, 2015

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an innovative model for population health management that is improving the way that providers and primary care practices care for patients. In this model, providers expand access to patients and support them in achieving mutually agreed upon health goals. Patients have the opportunity to become more engaged in their own care and are empowered to work to improve unhealthy behaviors

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WCMS' Current Legislative Priorities 5/14/15

May 14, 2015

Based on multiple discussions with NCMS, meetings with legislators, and Board review, WCMS is currently focusing on these legislative priorities, which may change in the ensuing weeks as these issues are moving targets. Please contact Miriam@mywcms.org if you have questions or if you would like to get involved in advocacy.

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Public Health Advisory: Increasing Early Syphilis Cases in North Carolina

May 14, 2015

Early syphilis infections in North Carolina continue to rise. Compared to the same time period in 2014, early syphilis cases in the first 3 months of 2015 increased by 56%.

Due to this substantial increase in early syphilis infections, we are asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to your patients.  New syphilis infections are primarily occurring among men, especially men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive individuals. Enhancing STI prevention services to these patients may efficiently address the rise in early syphilis infections and improve the health of our fellow North Carolinians.

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This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox

May 11, 2015

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox
The N.C. General Assembly feels otherwise.

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On Your Own or Part of a Larger Healthcare System?

May 6, 2015

"Should I open or retain my own private practice or become part of a larger healthcare system?" That’s the question I’ve heard from ten physicians over the past six months. I’ve written this newsletter to help you assess your own readiness. One size doesn’t fit all. Only you can decide. That decision will significantly impact tasks that need to be done with respect to organization and management, financial management, managing staff and external resources, maintaining quality and outcomes, and compliance.

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WCMS STANDS AGAINST HOUSE BILL 465: “Clarify & Modify Certain Abortion Laws”

April 30, 2015

The Western Carolina Medical Society opposes HB 465. The bill is a direct assault on patient access to care, patient safety, patient privacy, and physician training.

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Drs. Chand and Thakuri’s Update on Nepal Earthquake and How You Can Help

April 30, 2015

As you know Nepal was  hit by an earthquake of epic proportion. The earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015, measured 7.9 on the Richter scale,  at a depth of approximately 9 miles (which is considered shallow and therefore more damaging).

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Survey Results - How Will the 3% Medicaid Cut Affect Your Practice?

April 29, 2015

Here are the results from the WCMS surveywhich was included in the April 20 publication of Vital Signs.

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Ice Cream Recall Issued by Blue Bell due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination”

April 27, 2015

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Suggested framework for medical management of persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis who are exposed to Listeria monocytogenes

April 27, 2015

Outbreak investigations or routine monitoring of food production and processing facilities may lead to identification and recall of a food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In these situations, persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis may seek medical care because of concern that they have been exposed to to L. monocytogenes.

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