Press Release: More than 100 members of the National Academy of Medicine Sign Climate Action Petition

October 28, 2021

Letter calls on the United States Congress to swiftly enact legislation approving urgently needed climate measures to protect human health.


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Press Release: City asks for feedback on reparations nomination and application process

October 20, 2021


 We are taking feedback on the Reparations Nomination and Application Process before we kick-off.  You can find the Reparations Nomination and Application Process survey at

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BCHHS Public Health Provider Alert: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, not MenB, required for 7th & 12th graders

September 23, 2021

Dear pediatric care providers,

Please check that you and your staff are administering the correct meningitis vaccine to your adolescent patients so that they meet the state immunization requirements for 7th and 12th grades.

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NCMS: BCBSNC Issues Letter in Support of SAVE Act

September 14, 2021

From NCMS: To keep you fully informed about our work on your behalf at the NC General Assembly, we are sharing a letter Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC sent to legislative leadership voicing support for SB249/HB277 the SAVE Act.

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Press Release: Buncombe County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

September 9, 2021

On Sept. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr., granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of North Carolina triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred that occurred Aug. 16-18, 2021. 

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the Interim Final Rule (IFR): Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I.

September 8, 2021

On behalf of our physician and medical student members, the American Medical Association (AMA)
appreciates the opportunity to offer comments on the July 12, 2021, Interim Final Rule (IFR):
Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I, implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act
(NSA), signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

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Climate change is world's top public health threat, 230+ medical journals say

September 8, 2021

Global warming is the greatest threat to public health, and world leaders cannot wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to end before they address it, the editors of more than 230 medical journals said in a joint statement Sept. 5.

"Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases," the journal editors said in the statement, which was published in various journals worldwide including The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine.

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News Release: HHS-Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

September 2, 2021

Protecting Americans’ health and well-being has always been at the heart of fighting climate change, and now for the first time, its importance is being elevated at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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WNC Healthy Impact: Sign the Letter Campaign

August 26, 2021

Health care providers in western NC have drafted a joint letter encouraging patients and residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The letter is being published on social media and in print newspapers across our region 8/29/21 – 9/2/21.

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Important Time Sensitive Message to Medicaid Providers Regarding Your Connection to NC HealthConnex

August 19, 2021

You may be aware that the HIE Act deadline was extended until January 2023 as a result of a collaborative effort to bring additional relief to health care providers who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MAHEC CEO Announces Retirement

August 17, 2021

After nine and a half years leading the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), Jeffery Heck, MD, has announced plans to retire as CEO of the Asheville-based academic health center and safety net provider.

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Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship

August 16, 2021

Mission Health is accepting applications from throughout the community for the Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship, with the aim of making college more affordable for minority high school seniors and college students from Western North Carolina who are pursuing careers in healthcare

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Opinion: Carbon pricing policy is the best route to meaningful progress

August 9, 2021

Steffi Rausch and Vaidila Satvika


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Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule

July 16, 2021

Attached are two charts the American Medical Association (AMA) created.  The first is the Specialty impact table, combining the proposals and the CF decrease.  It is at a more granular specialty level than the one in the Proposed Rule.  The second is an Excel table that is at the code level.

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WCMS Statement on Juneteenth

June 15, 2021

Western Carolina Medical Society will mark Juneteenth as a paid day off where employees are encouraged to reflect, learn and take action for racial justice.

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