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Community Opioid Discussion at Jackson County Library on Sept. 20

September 14, 2018

Please join us for a community opioid discussion as we look to the experts and our community to help be a part of the solution. Community Leaders Come Together – How Can We Help? Panel discussion

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WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) Starts Interpreter Career Club at Erwin High School

September 12, 2018

WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) Starts Interpreter Career Club at Erwin High School for 11th and 12th graders

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Letter from Dr. Lisa Ladd, Chairman of the WCMS Foundation Board of Directors

September 12, 2018

In the midst of change in our medical communities, there are always new opportunities to help patients become healthier.  In addition to access to care for the underserved and uninsured, there has been an ever increasing interest and focus on the social determinants of health.

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WNC Conversion Health Foundation Report

September 10, 2018

COAH (Communities for Older Adult Health) and its sponsoring partners hosted the August 3rd WNC Conversion Health Foundation Forum held at UNC Asheville.

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Mission Health Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by HCA Healthcare

September 4, 2018

ASHEVILLE, NC   – August 31, 2018 – Mission Health's Board of Directors announced today that Mission Health and HCA Healthcare (HCA) have entered into a definitive agreement for HCA to acquire Mission Health.   

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Mission responds to WCMS' Question about Dogwood Health Fund Board Composition

August 28, 2018

WCMS’ mission is to be the physicians’ voice advocating for the health of the physician, the patient, and the community. We aim to be a dynamic community of physicians and providers dedicated to a healthy vibrant Western North Carolina. Based on this premise, the changes coming to healthcare in the region with the proposed sale of Mission Health to the HCA is a call to engagement for our membership and the entire community. On behalf of our membership, WCMS will be submitting questions to Mission Health. Mission Health has responded to the question we submitted about the board composition . Here is Mission’s response to the question:

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A Call to Action from WCMS Association’s Board of Directors to our membership: Physicians, patients, and the public at-large are encouraged to ask their questions about HCA buyout of Mission

August 3, 2018

WCMS’ mission is to be the physicians’ voice advocating for the health of the physician, the patient, and the community. We aim to be a dynamic community of physicians and providers dedicated to a healthy vibrant Western North Carolina. Based on this premise, the changes coming to healthcare in the region with the proposed sale of Mission Health to the HCA is a call to engagement for our membership and the entire community.

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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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