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ACOs IN NORTH CAROLINA: WHERE ARE WE NOW? By Margie Satinsky

August 1, 2018

Although ACOs initially focused on the Medicare population, the notion of population-based care supported by strong infrastructure and efficient processes has expanded. ACO participants now have opportunities to work collaboratively with private as well as public insurers to manage other defined populations.

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CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule

July 27, 2018

On July 25, CMS took steps to strengthen the Medicare program with proposed changes to ensure that seniors can access the care they need at the site of care that they choose. In addition, as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to lower drug prices as outlined in the President’s Blueprint, CMS included a Request for Information on how best to develop a model leveraging authority provided to the agency under the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP) to strengthen negotiations for prescription drugs.

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New Research and Website Highlight Health in Appalachia

July 27, 2018

Three new resources released today by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offer a fresh approach to understanding health in Appalachia by focusing on community strengths and identifying local factors supporting a Culture of Health. These resources include case studies of ten “Bright Spot” counties, each defying predictions for health with better-than-expected outcomes; the performance-focused research methodology that helped identify these counties; and HealthinAppalachia.org, a website that explores extensive county-level health data for the entire Appalachian Region.

 

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Project Access screening patients for Social Determinants of Health

July 24, 2018

Working to improve health outcomes requires more than access to medical care; it encompasses behavioral health, as well as social, environmental, and educational factors-the "social determinants of health."

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2019 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Released

July 17, 2018

On Thursday, July 12th, CMS published the proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2019

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A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

July 17, 2018

Read Seema Verma's letter in full

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24th World Scout Jamboree Recruiting Volunteer Medical Services

July 16, 2018

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is looking for qualified medical staff volunteers

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NC Attorney General Explores Ethical Responses to the Opioid Crisis at Asheville Conference

July 5, 2018

On July 19, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will present the keynote address at a daylong conference in Asheville on the ethical issues healthcare professionals face when treating patients who are struggling with opioid use disorders (OUDs) and substance misuse. The Attorney General will provide an update and discuss the ethics of North Carolina’s formal response to the opioid crisis.

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June is National Hernia Awareness Month

June 22, 2018

The purpose of National Hernia Awareness Month is to raise the public knowledge of the warning signs and latest treatment options available regarding hernias. It is estimated that more than 5 million persons have some type of hernia, but only 750,000 people per year actually seek medical attention.

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MAHEC Employee Assistance Program

June 6, 2018

The Mountain Area Health Education Center’s Human Resources Office is requesting proposals for Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services to assist MAHEC employees and their immediate family and household members.

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2016 performance scores are now available in the Physician Compare Downloadable Database

June 4, 2018

Your 2016 performance scores are now available for download via Data.Medicare.gov. The Physician Compare Downloadable Database is a resource intended for clinicians and group representatives as well as third-party data users to provide useful information about clinicians and groups currently enrolled in Medicare.

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Increase in Confirmed Cases of Pertussis Throughout Buncombe County

May 23, 2018

This month, and especially in the past week, we have seen an increase in confirmed cases of pertussis throughout Buncombe County, mainly in school-aged children. Our Communicable Disease Control staff are working with school nurses and school administration to inform parents of exposed students, identify additional symptomatic individuals, and provide prophylaxis for high-risk contacts.

 

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The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

May 11, 2018

“Our patients deserve from us the very best health advice and I am certain, after having reviewed this data over the past few years, that lifestyle medicine (better nutrition, more exercise and stress management advice) is what we should be routinely discussing with our patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and cardiovascular disease."

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Health Care Providers: UNC Gillings School of Global Health MPH is launching this fall in Asheville

May 11, 2018

Dear fellow WNC providers,

I am proud to announce that UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be starting a Masters in Public Health Program this fall in Asheville.  Applications for this program will open later this month and classes will begin August 21.

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WNC Independent Physician Association practices are taking new patients!

May 9, 2018

The Western North Carolina Independent Physicians Association developed a series of brochures to welcome new patients to member practices.

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