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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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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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NC AHEC Scholars Program at MAHEC

May 3, 2018

You can be part of a young, progressive group committed to community service, health parity, academic excellence, and the transformation of healthcare in Western North Carolina.

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PROJECT ACCESS NOW OFFERING INSULIN AND INHALERS FOR PATIENTS IN NEED

May 3, 2018

Project Access has added insulin and inhalers to our formulary in order to assist your uninsured patients so that they can get the medications they need.

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This Doctor Cures People With Information, Not Medication

April 30, 2018

"Human beings are designed well," says Dr. Gus Vickery. "We are designed to have long, healthy lifespans. We should not suffer from chronic diseases and we should not have to rely on medications to stay alive."

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National Medical Society Honors Director, Students at UNC School of Medicine in Asheville

April 30, 2018

Robyn Latessa, MD, director and assistant dean at the UNC School of Medicine (SOM) Asheville Campus, and four of the program’s students were inducted for membership this month in Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), a national medical honor society that recognizes excellence in scholarship, research, service to others, and professional and community leadership.

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DHHS Releases Interactive Map Showing Social Determinants of Health Indicators Across North Carolina

April 25, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ State Center for Health Statistics has created an interactive map with a series of overlays showing social determinants of health indicators in North Carolina, including the economic, social and neighborhood, and housing and transportation status of residents across the state. It is available through the State Center for Health Statistics website: www.schs.state.nc.us/data/hsa. After following the link, click “North Carolina Social Determinants of Health.” The map is part of the department’s efforts to look beyond what is typically thought of as “health care” and invest more strategically in health.

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Healthcare for All-WNC offers two free educational opportunities on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April 18, 2018

Physicians for a National Health Program leader Dr. Ed Weisbart will speak on “What Does ‘Medicare for All’ Mean for Medical Practice, Physicians, Patients and the USA?” 

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Where: All Souls Cathedral Zabriskie Hall,  9 Swan Street, Asheville

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ICE Raids in WNC Hurt Our Communities

April 18, 2018

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As most of you know, over the last several days there have been ICE raids targeting the Spanish speaking communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties. As of now, WLOS and  the Citizen-Times report that 17 people have been detained. Sadly, that number is expected to rise. Our patients and interpreters tell us that people have been targeted when leaving places of worship, dropping their children off at the bus stop for school, arriving at medical clinics, and leaving the grocery store.

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Hillcrest Community Health Clinic

April 16, 2018

Hillcrest Apartments is a public housing community serving low-income residents who face multiple economic and social barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. Residents face physical and mental health problems and many lack  insurance or primary care doctors. For eight years, the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation (WWD-F) has been working in the Hillcrest community to promote healthier lifestyles.

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Retired Physician Shares Article he Wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program

April 11, 2018

Dr. Robert Kline has shared an article with the Western Carolina Medical Society that he wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Kline eagerly wanted to share with his colleagues from WNC. 

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