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WCMS Board Chair Shares His #MyReasonWNC

April 14, 2021

WCMS Board Chair Dr. Rivers Woodward spoke with WNC Health Network to share his #MyReasonWNC for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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WCMS wants to make sure minority communities not left behind in vaccine distribution

March 25, 2021

A neighborhood in Arden had COVID-19 vaccines come to them on Wednesday. It’s a part of a community push to take the vaccine to communities that might not otherwise have access.

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BCHHS Public Health Provider Reminder: Reporting suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to BCHHS

January 4, 2021

As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department.

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Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law Final Rules

December 7, 2020

The AMA submitted comments on both the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) proposed rule and the Stark Law proposed rule in December 2019. While American Medical Association (AMA) staff is still analyzing the final rules, they have already prepared a topline summary of key issues, which is attached.

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Take action: Tell Congress to support H.R. 8702

December 7, 2020

As physicians continue to battle the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing they should have to worry about is cuts to their Medicare payments. Unfortunately, without Congressional action before January 1, 2021, that nightmare scenario will become reality.

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Crush the Crisis- Opioid Take Back Day

October 12, 2020

Mission Health is participating with this year’s National Take Back Day on 10/24/20 by hosting “Crush the Crisis” events: drive-through collection sites at all of our regional hospitals for the community to anonymously drop off unused and expired medication for proper disposal. Mission Hospital’s flyer shares details about each regional event and items that can be accepted.

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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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CMS Briefing on The New Medicare Card

February 23, 2018

The AMA arranged for a CMS briefing on the new Medicare card  that took place on February 21st from 3-4pm eastern time.  The new Medicare card is a result of MACRA's requirement that CMS issue Medicare cards that do not display Social Security Numbers to address the risk of beneficiary identity theft.  New Medicare cards will be issued beginning in April 2018 and physician offices must be prepared to accept the new Medicare identification number at that time. 

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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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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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Free technical assistance from MAHEC to help doctors with QPP/MIPS

January 18, 2018

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is offering FREE technical assistance to help practices in Western North Carolina understand and enroll in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). You may earn a positive Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment adjustment for 2019 if you submit 2017 data by March 31, 2018. MIPS-eligible clinicians opting not to participate will receive a 4% reduction in Medicare reimbursement in 2019.

QPP is a revenue neutral program meaning that penalties will be assessed to low –performing providers and redistributed to providers performing well. MAHEC can help you determine your baseline score and aid you in developing a strategy going forward to maximize your score for Payment Year 2 and beyond.

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CMS Announces New Policy Guidance for States to Test Community Engagement for Able-Bodied Adults

January 11, 2018

CMS today announced new guidance that will support state efforts to improve Medicaid enrollee health outcomes by incentivizing community engagement among able-bodied, working-age Medicaid beneficiaries.

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CMS Announces New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-Effectiveness for Both Inpatient and Outpatient Care

January 10, 2018

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). 

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