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Results of WCMS' 2018 Board Slate Vote & Burnout Survey

February 14, 2018

With over 10% of membership responding to the annual survey, which was emailed to all members in early January, both the Association and Foundation boards were approved by quorum per our bylaws.

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Healthcare of All: Good for Business

February 12, 2018

Healthcare for All-WNC offers an informative forum on Healthcare for All: Good for Business.

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Webinar

February 9, 2018

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced the administration’s first new Medicare alternative payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).  This voluntary model includes 29 inpatient and 3 outpatient clinical episodes.  Please join AMA Board Chair Dr. Gerald Harmon on Monday evening, Feb. 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Central time, for a free webinar on the model.  The webinar, designed for physicians and focusing on the clinical aspects of the model, will be presented by CMMI’s Dr. Steven Farmer, who is a cardiologist, senior advisor and medical officer.  Dr. Farmer will also respond to questions from webinar participants.  The webinar comes at a key time, two weeks before applications to participate in the model will be due.

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WCMS Project Access® Collaboration with Partnership for Pastoral Counseling

February 7, 2018

Does your Project Access® patient need a mental health counseling referral? Look no further.

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Need volunteers for Free Over the Counter Medication Giveaway Event!

February 7, 2018

NC MedAssists needs a total of 150 volunteers to work this large event!  They are currently at 89 volunteers for the event day. They just just confirmed set up for the day before(3/16/18) from 1-4pm, and need about 30 more people.  

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WCMSF PROJECT ACCESS® EXPANDS INTO MADISON COUNTY

February 7, 2018

“We are excited that Project Access® has expanded into Madison County and appreciate all the physicians participating in Project Access®,” said Dr. Susan McDowell, a family medicine physician at Hot Springs Medical Center.

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CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy Updates to Provide New Benefits for Enrollees, New Protections to Combat Opioid Crisis

February 2, 2018

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for the Medicare health and drug programs in 2019 that increase flexibility in Medicare Advantage that will allow more options and new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, meeting their unique health needs and improving their quality of life.

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BPCI Advanced Message

February 2, 2018

The US Department of Health and Human Services is introducing the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI Advanced) Model designed to better support healthcare providers who invest in practice innovation, care redesign, and enhanced care coordination. The CMS Innovation Center has launched the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement and this bundled payment model qualifies as an Alternative Payment Mode (Advanced APM) under the Quality Payment Program.

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Indiana Medicaid Drops 25K From Coverage For Failing To Pay Premiums

February 2, 2018

As the Trump administration moves to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid, advocates for the poor are keeping a close eye on Indiana to see whether such conservative ideas improve or harm care.

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Organizations Who Register One Provider For Any of the Programs Below Get a Voucher for the Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain Program

February 2, 2018

Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Attendees will learn the evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, recommendations on how to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorders. This program will include the three required topics outlined by the new CME requirement in 21 NCAC 32R .0101.

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CareNet Counseling in McDowell County

January 31, 2018

CareNet Counseling in McDowell County received $8,720 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment Fund (as part of a $20,000 Community Foundation of WNC People in Need Grant) to support community-based, professional mental health counseling for the residents of McDowell Country, regardless of ability to pay. 

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MAHEC Offers Innovative Online Training on Effective Chronic Pain Treatment

January 29, 2018

On February 6, primary care providers will learn how to help their patients manage chronic pain effectively with pharmacological and behavioral health approaches that reduce the risk for opioid misuse and dependency.

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Get Your Rear in Gear Asheville

January 29, 2018

Colon Cancer Awareness 5K run/walk

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NC Rural Center Receives Grant to Deliver Leadership Training in North Carolina's Appalachian Region

January 23, 2018

RALEIGH - The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the NC Rural Center a $100,000 grant to increase regional leadership development in North Carolina's 29 Appalachian counties.

The grant will allow the Rural Center to expand its Homegrown Leaders program, an initiative to develop and support highly-skilled, highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in North Carolina.

"Thanks to the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, we will be able to provide training opportunities to current and emerging leaders in rural Appalachia," said Rural Center President Patrick Woodie. "The Rural Center has a long history of supporting and nurturing rural leadership in North Carolina. This grant will allow us to help these 29 counties develop and support a diverse group of leaders who are committed to bringing about positive change in their communities and region

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Western Carolina Medical Society supports SNAP Advocacy effort

January 22, 2018

WCMS is proud to advocate in collaboration with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, along with other local food councils across North Carolina, to sponsor a campaign to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs from cuts or major restructuring.

Local food councils strive to bring our communities together to work on issues related to food, health and agriculture. We have launched this campaign because SNAP and other nutrition programs are critical to the wellbeing of children, elderly, and families living with food insecurity, and because their future will be the subject of Congressional debate early in 2018. SNAP receipts are also very important to the food and agricultural economy within our state.

As the 2018 Farm Bill is debated in Congress, all of us in Congressional District 10 who are concerned about the nutritional needs of our neighbors at risk of hunger and food insecurity need to speak up and defend the programs that have proven to be effective.

Specifically, our statement urges Congressman Patrick McHenry and Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to reject any proposals that:

  • cut funding to SNAP or other federal nutrition programs,
  • shift costs to the states, or  
  • otherwise reduce benefits affecting low-income working families, children, the unemployed, or the elderly.

WCMS signed on to the letters for District 10 Representative Patrick McHenry and Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Click on this link for a sample letter to our legislators.

Senator Tillis SNAP Advocacy letter

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