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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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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Project Access expands mobile COVID-19 vaccine initiative in the mountains

May 26, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A mobile vaccine initiative in the mountains is being expanded thanks to an $80,000 grant from Dogwood Health Trust.

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WCMS’ Healthy Healer Program Announces New Therapist

May 20, 2021

Asheville, NC Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and the Healthy Healer Program are pleased to announce the addition of Frederick Murphy, LCMHC as a participating therapist.

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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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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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