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Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative

February 13, 2019

by Dr. Michael Newcomer, Digestive Health Partners

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is the third most common cancer in men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death. In the US in 2019 it’s estimated that there will be 145,600 new cases of colorectal cancer and 51,020 CRC related deaths. CRC screening is effective in decreasing both the incidence and mortality. However, it is underutilized in disadvantaged populations, especially in the uninsured. A recent study utilized the SEER database to evaluate 55,000 patients diagnosed with CRC between 2007 and 2012 (age less than 65). Patients without insurance were more likely to present with advanced disease (stage IV) and have a lower 3 year survival rate compared to patients with insurance (Pulte et al. Diseases of Colon & Rectum. May 2018).

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Am I Breaking the Law regarding Death Certificates?

February 12, 2019

Am I Breaking the Law regarding Death Certificates?

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DHHS Announces Prepaid Health Plan Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care

February 5, 2019

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of Prepaid Health Plans that will participate in Medicaid managed care when the program launches in November 2019. Contracts were awarded after careful evaluation of all responses to the Request for Proposal issued by DHHS on Aug. 9, 2018.  

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The NC Office of Rural Health Stakeholder Meetings

January 28, 2019

The NC Office of Rural Health (ORH) is hosting several stakeholder meetings across NC to gather Stakeholder input regarding the J-1 Visa Waiver program and NC’s Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs. 

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Attorney general places stipulations on major NC hospital deal

January 17, 2019

HCA’s acquisition of Asheville-based Mission Health’s assets received approval from state Attorney General Josh Stein on Wednesday, paving the way for the largest health care provider in Western North Carolina to move from nonprofit to for-profit ownership while setting up a massive nonprofit foundation with the sale’s proceeds.

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Letter from Dr. Raymond Thertulien, 2018 President of the WCMS Association Board

January 16, 2019

Final message from WCMS' 2018 Association Board President, Dr. Raymond Thertulien

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeking health providers for Clinical Scholars Program

January 7, 2019

The RWJF Clinical Scholars Program is a national leadership program for teams of active health care providers. Team members are licensed teams of mid-career providers with 5+ years clinical experience from health fields such as allied health, dentistry, nursing, medicine, social work, and/or veterinary medicine. 

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CMS Finalizes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s National ACO Program

December 21, 2018

On December 21, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that sets a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program).  

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Health Innovations in Our Community—Ashewell Medical Group

December 13, 2018

An interview with owner Dr. Carly Brown

WCMS’ Health Innovations series highlights WNC physicians, practices and programs that are on the cutting edge of healthcare transformation, both big and small. WCMS supports local physician members who are change agents by recognizing them and sharing among other WCMS members and the general community information about these local innovations.  If you know of such a physician or practice, please contact Miriam Schwarz.

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Minority Medical Mentoring Program now selecting interns

November 28, 2018

The Minority Medical Mentoring Program now selecting interns for the 2019-20 academic school year!

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The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Project Access® Fund Renamed in honor of Founder Dr. Suzanne Landis

November 19, 2018

The WCMS Foundation is proud to announce the renaming of the Project Access Fund to the Dr. Suzanne Landis Project Access Fund. 

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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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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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