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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NC AHEC PRACTICE SUPPORT: The NC resource for practice improvement and success

June 21, 2019

It is estimated 15% of patients will choose a Prepaid Health Plan (PHP), and over 80% will be assigned to an Advanced Medical Home (AMH). These tips will help ensure that you maintain relationships with your established Medicaid patients, and establish new relationships with patients who are attributed to your practice who you have never seen.

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Foundation Board Chair Message by Susan McDowell

June 10, 2019

Hi, my name is Susan McDowell and I am the current Foundation Board Chair at WCMS. I am a family practice physician who has been working in Madison County for the past 6 years at the Hot Springs Health Program. In 2018, we were lucky enough to be the first expansion site for Project Access. 

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HCA Charity Care Policy Update

May 28, 2019

The WCMS Association Board met with HCA/Mission Health’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, William Hathaway, MD, at the May 13, 2019 meeting to discuss changes from the Mission charity care policy to the HCA policy following the transition. We were informed that the amount of funds devoted to HCA’s Charity Care will be significantly more than what had been provided by Mission. We also discussed the two policies currently in place:

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Interview with Dr. Blake Fagan, MD on Opiate Crisis in WNC

May 22, 2019

1. Please introduce yourself (background/education/experience/current organization & role, etc.)

Blake Fagan, MD

  • University of Missouri at Columbia

  • Medical School at Vanderbilt Nasheville TN

  • Residency at MAHEC in Asheville

  • Family physician for 20 years working with pregnant women and delivering babies (30% of practice working with kids)

  • Prescribing suboxone for patients with Substance Use Disorder for the last 3 years

  • Clinical Consultant for Opiate Crisis

  • Chief Education Officer at MAHEC

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Preparing for Medicaid Managed Care Questions to Consider Before Signing Managed Care Contracts

March 7, 2019

Thanks to the NC Academy of Family Physicians, which has compiled a checklist as another way to ensure you're aware of all possible issues! 

Click here to read the checklist

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