WIN continues to offer free interpreter services to Project Access® patients thanks to an ongoing People in Need (PIN) grant

January 16, 2020

A grant awarded to the WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) in 2019 will continue providing free interpreter services to Project Access (PA) patients in 2020.

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Opioids in WNC

January 8, 2020

  • Terminology

    • Opioid is the umbrella term for semi-synthetics, synthetics (phetnel), and opiates (poppy derived like heroin, hydrocodone)

    • Opioid addiction is now called “Opioid Use Disorder” (OUD)

      • We no longer label patients as “addicts” but instead someone with Opioid Use Disorder

    • OUD is a chronic, relapsing disease

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Dr. Robyn Tiger Presents "Relax Rx" to Women in Medicine!

December 16, 2019

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, WCMS hosted a Women in Medicine Affinity Group meeting sponsored by Sona Pharmacy at Asheville Community Yoga and Karma Cafe with Dr. Robyn Tiger

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Innovative Practice Interview with Dr. Chad Krisel of Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville

November 19, 2019

Q: Please describe a brief history of Integrative Family Medicine

A: My business partner, Brian Lewis, and I had a goal to create an accessible clinic that took an integrative approach to primary care. We quickly realized that such clinics did not exist. The integrative clinics that did exist were often out of reach financially for many patients. We also saw many independently owned primary care practices struggling to remain solvent and being taken over by big hospital systems. We wanted to create something that could serve patients financially and offer a better overall healthcare experience for them as well as provide a model for physicians of something alternative to the fee-for-service insurance based system.


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WCMS endorses Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763

November 7, 2019

On 11/4/19, the WCMS Association Board listened to a presentation by Dr. David Mouw and Steffi Rausch (head of Asheville Citizens’ Climate Lobby) on climate change and the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763. After much discussion, the Board unanimously concurred that the impact of climate change on health is a public health crisis and moved to act as an organization by endorsing the bill.

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Project Access® Receives Significant One Year Expansion Grant from WNC Bridge Foundation

October 30, 2019

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded a significant grant from the WNC Bridge Foundation (formerly CarePartners Foundation) based in Asheville. 

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Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Awarded Grant Funding for Project Access® from Helen A. Powers Fund

October 7, 2019

October 2, 2019, Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) Foundation based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded funding in the amount of $13,000 for its Project Access® program.

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August 19, 2019

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation--in collaboration with Digestive Health Partners (DHP)-- has been awarded a Colon Cancer Coalition (CCC) grant to expand the Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (WNC-CRCSI) across 5 counties.

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Western Carolina Medical Society announces 2019 Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarships

August 13, 2019

Every year, the Community Foundation of WNC’s advisory committee selects recipients for the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship. It is our pleasure to announce two awardees this year: Kaylene Cender of Asheville Christian Academy and Andrew Elliot of T.C. Roberson High School. Kaylene will be attending Liberty University, majoring in Nursing with a focus on  global studies. Kaylene says, “It is an honor to be awarded the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship Fund. My dream is to serve as a medical missionary in South or Central America.”  Drew will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a pre-medical student. He says, “I am truly honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship. I aspire to carry his torch into the next chapter of my life and strive to be the rare and wonderful human being that he was.”  

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Insurance coverage gap impacts children’s health

July 25, 2019

New data from NC Child, a Raleigh-based children’s health research group, shows that although 85% of Buncombe County mothers received prenatal care in 2017 — nearly 20 percentage points higher than the North Carolina average — the percentages of Buncombe babies born pre-term or with a low birth weight remain comparable to those across the state.

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WCMS Advocates for Sam's Law

July 18, 2019

The NC House passed HB955 (Bill Summary). This Bill details the “Seizure Safe Schools Act of 2019” or “Sam’s Law”.

  • Votes: 111 – Yes, 1 – No, 5 – “No Votes”, 3 – “Excused Absence.” Total Votes = 112
  • Now - The NC Senate will begins discussions of SB354 (Bill Summary).

The Western Carolina Medical Society offerred a Letter-Of-Support for both HB955 and corresponding SB354. This letter was sent to the Bill Sponsors to distribute to Elected Officials. 

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Innovative Practice Interview with Carolyn Chamberlain of Asheville Neurology

July 10, 2019

Innovative Practice Interview with Carolyn Chamberlain (Practice Administrator of 15 years) of Asheville Neurology regarding the development of new, innovative positions to improve efficiency at the office. 


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North Carolina Medicaid Transformation: Provider Payment and Contracting

July 9, 2019

North Carolina Medicaid Transformation

Provider Payment and Contracting

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Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care 101

July 2, 2019


  • Medicaid Transformation Vision and Context
  • Overview of Key Initiatives
  • Deep Dive: Managed Care More
  • Opportunities for Engagement
  • Q&A

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Parsec Financial Discusses HCA Retirement Plans

June 21, 2019

As the dust begins to settle on the recent acquisition of Mission by HCA, we continue to field questions about the various changes to the health system’s employee benefits and retirement plans. The benefit changes are only a few of the countless moving pieces set in motion by the acquisition. Even so, the retirement plans, in particular, continue to generate enough interest and concern that the Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) membership might benefit from additional coverage of these changes.

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