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Ebola Fact Sheet

October 23, 2014

What do you need to know about Ebola?

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Wilmington Health: Health Care Reform “In the Trenches”

October 22, 2014

Governor McCrory and Secretary of the NC DHHS Aldona Wos visited Wilmington Health last summer as part of their statewide tour of accountable care organizations (ACOs).  A physician-owned, multispecialty group practice with more than 160 providers, Wilmington Health was able to show and tell the visiting dignitaries just how they have been able to improve quality of care, reduce costs and provide excellent patient experiences.

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Get Your Uninsured Patients Insured via WCMS During Next Open Enrollment Period (Nov. 15-Feb 15)

October 22, 2014

WCMS has a cadre of fully trained Health Access Counselors (HAC) ready to enroll as many uninsured people as possible into the marketplace starting on November 15th.

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Alert from HCDPH: Ebola Assessment for Practices

October 20, 2014

The key partners within the healthcare community of Henderson County met to discuss Ebola preparedness and to coordinate response plans.

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2013-2014 Voting Records on Key Healthcare Issues

October 15, 2014

There were some important healthcare bills voted on during the 2013-2014 legislative session.  This is an explanation of WCMS' position on each bill and how WNC Senators & Representatives voted on said bills.

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Alert from BCDH: Updates on Flu, EV-D68 and Pertussis

October 15, 2014

Although Ebola is on everyone’s mind, I wanted to update you on current recommendations and surveillance regarding some respiratory illnesses that we are seeing or expect to be seeing soon in our community.

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Alert from BCDH: Updated Ebola Guidance for NC Providers

October 14, 2014

Due to the first diagnosed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the US, the NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH) is pushing out updated guidance for medical providers and reminding providers of their critical role in identifying and isolating suspected cases.

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Remember to Vote!

October 10, 2014

Do you know all the races where you are eligible to vote?  Do you know about all or even many of the candidates who are running?

If you don't have good answers to those questions, go to the Board of Elections website.

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Buncombe County HHS Partners with MAHEC to Improve Community Health Outcomes

October 10, 2014

A new model to improve Buncombe County’s community health outcomes is being developed to bridge the gap between clinical behavior change efforts and community-wide efforts at improving population health through a partnership between Buncombe County Health & Human Services (BCHHS) and MAHEC.

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North Carolina ACOs Rank in Top 15 Percent Nationally for Quality of Care

October 9, 2014

Four of the six participating ACOs in North Carolina ranked in the top 15 percent in quality of care for their patients. The North Carolina General Assembly has been considering the merits of the accountable care model to reform the state’s Medicaid system. The issue no doubt will be a topic of hot debate when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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Alert from BCDH: Report Cases of Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children

September 30, 2014

The CDC is working with medical and public health professionals in Colorado to investigate a cluster of 9 children hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology.

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Mission Health Budget Statement

September 29, 2014

"In the end, we were able to improve our financial performance by $52 million to offset federal and state reimbursement cuts while providing our deserving caregivers merit increases and making important investments in our system and our community.  We now have an approved 2015 budget that achieves an improved operating margin and that not only maintains, but expands Mission Health’s mission and vision."

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Patient Portals & Meaningful Use

September 28, 2014

Recently, Dr. McNeill was invited to give a talk on patient portals to DHHS’ Clinical-Community Connections Committee. Here is his powerpoint presentation.

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EMR Partnership to Connect Patient Records across the Carolinas

September 26, 2014

Two North Carolina health information exchanges (HIEs), Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect and Mission Health Connect, have agreed to securely share health records of patients across the Carolinas.

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Alert from Buncombe County Dept. of Health: Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in NC

September 24, 2014

Earlier this week, the NC DHHS confirmed the presence of enterovirus-D68 in NC.  Because there is no vaccine or specific treatment for EV-D68, the message continues to be that preventive measures are the most important thing for all of us to do to protect against EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses.

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