Completing the pandemic puzzle: N.C. health departments work to vaccinate Hispanic community

May 7, 2021

North Carolina hopes to lift many COVID-19 restrictions in less than a month, if enough people can get vaccinated.

Since the first vaccines started rolling out, local groups knew focusing on historically marginalized populations was going to be a key in clearing that hurdle, so as doses, providers and access have grown, so has the share of Hispanic residents getting their shots. 

Cristina Cardenas, health access coordinator for Western Carolina Medical Society, was part of a panel discussion in January discussing what it would take to successfully reach out to people of color, a necessary piece to solve the pandemic puzzle. 

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NC DHHS Secretary Eases Requirements for Ordering Vaccine

May 4, 2021

In a recently released video, NC Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen thanked primary care physicians for combatting COVID-19 and asked every practice to keep supplies of COVID-19 vaccine on your shelves in order to combat vaccine hesitancy.

It all starts with enrolment in the NC Vaccine Management System (CVMS). The state has provided a CVMS Enrollment and Activation Process Roadmap to help you get enrolled and activated.

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WCMS Board Chair Shares His #MyReasonWNC

April 14, 2021

WCMS Board Chair Dr. Rivers Woodward spoke with WNC Health Network to share his #MyReasonWNC for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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YOUR HEALTH, YOUR VOICE: 2021 Community Needs Assessment Survey NOW OPEN, April 12-30, 2021

April 12, 2021

We want to hear from you!

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Information blocking rules: what you need to know where to get it

April 8, 2021

Last year the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a rule implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act requiring physicians to comply with new regulations on the access, exchange and use of patients' electronic health information (EHI).

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Helping Physicians Implement Telehealth Services

April 5, 2021

The Physicians Foundation, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Texas Medical Association launched The Telehealth Initiative to help physicians implement telehealth services. 

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National Doctor's Day is March 30, 2021

March 29, 2021

The Western Carolina Medical Society honors and thanks the physicians across Western North Carolina for their commitment to exceptional medical care and patient advocacy. We acknowledge their dedication to patients and communities during this past year with the added pressures presented by COVID-19.

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WCMS wants to make sure minority communities not left behind in vaccine distribution

March 25, 2021

A neighborhood in Arden had COVID-19 vaccines come to them on Wednesday. It’s a part of a community push to take the vaccine to communities that might not otherwise have access.

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WCMS Receives Grant from Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

March 15, 2021

Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce it was awarded a grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation.

The grant will help Project Access® address the urgent health care needs of low-income, uninsured patients in Buncombe and Madison counties in 2021. Project Access® connects low income, uninsured people with comprehensive low- or no-cost healthcare when they need it most through a volunteer network of over 700 physicians, providers, and community-based organizations.

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WCMS partners with Blue Ridge Community Health Services

March 3, 2021

Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) is pleased to announce it was awarded a grant from the Lily W. Smith Trust, which will be used in partnership with Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS).

The grant will provide behavioral health treatment to low-income, uninsured children at BRCHS locations.

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Building a Culture of Health Requires Diverse Leadership

February 11, 2021

Applications are now open for a unique leadership program dedicated to increasing diversity in senior medical, dental and nursing faculty.

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Medicaid and NC Health Choice Provider & Health Plan Lookup Tool

January 26, 2021

The public version of the Medicaid and NC Health Choice Provider and Health Plan Lookup Tool is now available at:

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HCA Healthcare Helps Bring Surgical and Procedure PPE Mask Manufacturing to Asheville

January 21, 2021

Through a new joint venture between HCA Healthcare and A Plus International Inc., and support from the HCA Healthcare Mission Innovation Fund, LLC, production of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be brought to North Carolina through a new manufacturing center.

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Presidential Executive Orders

January 20, 2021

Today President Biden made good on his promise to issue a series of Executive Orders (EOs). 

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BCHHS Public Health Provider Reminder: Reporting suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to BCHHS

January 4, 2021

As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department.

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