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Thank your Physician on “National Doctor’s Day”

February 25, 2015

National Doctor’s Day is March 30, 2015. The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) honors and thanks the physicians across Western North Carolina for their commitment to exceptional medical care and for their advocacy on behalf of their patients.

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From NCMS: STOP the 14 month retroactive taking of payments from Medicaid's doctors

February 24, 2015

In 2013, the NC General Assembly included a 3% “withhold” for all Medicaid services with the intention of using that money as the foundation of a shared-savings program with providers.

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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD

February 20, 2015

Dr. Henderson's letter about the 2015 WCMS Strategic Plan

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CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season

February 20, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM.

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Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Announce New Collaboration

February 18, 2015

Mission Health and Asheville Radiology Associates (ARA) are announcing a new collaboration to improve patient access to state of the art, high quality, highly efficient imaging centers close to home, and to more than 40 ARA physicians.

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New Regional Comprehensive Care Center to Provide Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

February 11, 2015

News Release from Smoky Mountain LME/MCO

Regional center opens opportunity for new facility-based crisis center for children and youth

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WNCPA William Bruce Awards 2015 Honors Physicians and Neuropsychologist

February 11, 2015

On Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at the Grovewood Café, Asheville, the WNC Psychological Association hosted their 19th William Bruce Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Duff Rardin, Dr. Peggy Noel, and Dr. Mark Hill.

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Apology letter from ABIM regarding MOC recertification. “We got it wrong. We’re sorry.”

February 6, 2015

ABIM clearly got it wrong. We launched programs that weren't ready and we didn't deliver an MOC program that physicians found meaningful. We want to change that.

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Innovations in Medical Practice in WNC: Trillium Family Medicine Revisited

February 6, 2015

WCMS’ Health Innovations highlights WNC physicians, practices and programs that are on the cutting edge of healthcare transformation, both big and small. WCMS supports local physician members who are change agents by recognizing them and sharing among other WCMS members and the general community information about these local innovations.  If you know of such a physician or practice, please contact us and we will check it out.

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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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