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Update: NC’s Move to Medicaid Managed Care

November 19, 2020

NC Medicaid recently published an update on the state’s move to Managed Care for physicians and PAs serving Medicaid patients.

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Imminent Cybercrime Threat to US Health Care Providers

November 2, 2020

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and two federal agencies are warning of an "imminent cybercrime threat" to US hospitals and health care providers, noting that several hospitals across the country have already been hit.

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Trump Administration released 3 rules of interest to physicians

October 30, 2020

Here are brief summaries. 

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ONC Guides for Implementing 21st Century Cures Act related to electronic health information

October 26, 2020

As we shared with the Federation earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released regulations implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) requiring physicians to comply with new regulations on the access, exchange, and use of patients’ electronic health information (EHI).

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Dogwood Health Trust Names Susan Mims Interim CEO

October 21, 2020

Dear Community Partners, 
 
I’m pleased to announce that Dogwood Health Trust has named Susan Mims, MD, MPH Interim Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Mims will join Dogwood Health Trust in December, partnering with the board and staff to ensure continuity in grantmaking and drive forward strategic initiatives.

 

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Crush the Crisis- Opioid Take Back Day

October 12, 2020

Mission Health is participating with this year’s National Take Back Day on 10/24/20 by hosting “Crush the Crisis” events: drive-through collection sites at all of our regional hospitals for the community to anonymously drop off unused and expired medication for proper disposal. Mission Hospital’s flyer shares details about each regional event and items that can be accepted.

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MAHEC’s IDD Assessment Clinic

September 25, 2020

MAHEC’s IDD Assessment Clinic provides comprehensive health assessments for adult and young adult patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). 

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New Poll Shows Increasing Support for Closing NC’s Coverage Gap

September 11, 2020

The results of a new poll released this week reveal growing support across party lines for closing North Carolina’s health care coverage gap.

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Advocates call for Medicaid expansion as NC unemployment increases health insurance gap

September 8, 2020

A coalition of organizations from across the state held a virtual forum Sept. 2 calling for Medicaid expansion as North Carolinians grapple with a loss of health care coverage due to unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tens of thousands of state residents have fallen into the "coverage gap" due to COVID-19, worsening an already concerning issue, according to Care4Carolina, a group advocating for affordable health care in the state.

The gap includes those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to get help through the private insurance marketplace.

North Carolina is among 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Prior to COVID-19, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if it did, more than 400,000 residents would gain health insurance. Care4Carolina says about 178,000 more North Carolinians are living in the gap since COVID-19 hit.

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WCMS 2020 Strategic Plan Quarterly Update (Q2)

September 8, 2020

OUR VISION is to serve as a dynamic physician/physician assistant community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant western North Carolina (WNC).
OUR VALUES are integrity, inclusion, and innovation.
OUR PARTNERS include Independent Physicians, Employed Physicians, Physician Assistants, Community Leaders, Sponsors/Businesses, Donors/Funders, Health System Leaders, Practice Managers, Patients, and Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) employees

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A Message from Our WCMS Foundation Chair: Dr. Carol Coulson

September 4, 2020

It’s that time of year when we lament the end of summer yet find rejuvenation in the promise of fall. There is a hint of crispness and pumpkin spice latte in the early morning air. The school buses are back in the neighborhood elementary school parking lot ready to roll when they can. Whether you watched your kindergartner go to his first class ever, or packed your college senior off for her last year, it’s a bittersweet time.

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Project Access featured in the WNC Bridge Foundation's 2019 Impact Report

August 25, 2020

With its roots having formed in the 19th century, the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) has been a stronghold in the community, serving to improve access to healthcare, fight health inequities and promote wellness in Western North Carolina. The WCMSF is a group of physicians and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to connect low-income, uninsured patients with free or low-cost comprehensive medical care.

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Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults

August 24, 2020

Data collected in May shows that teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape, Stanford researchers found.

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Two-fifths of working-age adults lacked reliable insurance in first half of 2020, Commonwealth Fund says

August 24, 2020

More than 40% of U.S. adults of working age didn't have reliable health insurance in the first half of this year, according to a new report out from The Commonwealth Fund.

People of color disproportionately lacked comprehensive coverage and were more likely to struggle financially with medical bills. More than a third of Latino adults, small business workers and low-income adults were uninsured in the past year, a situation that could worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the study's authors warned.

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Catch-Up to Get Ahead’ Initiative for Childhood Immunizations

August 24, 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this month launched its ‘Catch-up to Get Ahead’ initiative to increase childhood immunization rates in the wake of significant declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign includes a toolkit containing graphics and sample posts for your social media networks as well as videos and a list of resources to help you spread the message to parents and caregivers. Access the toolkit here.

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