Press Release: More than 100 members of the National Academy of Medicine Sign Climate Action Petition

October 28, 2021

Letter calls on the United States Congress to swiftly enact legislation approving urgently needed climate measures to protect human health.


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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: CDC Advisory About Invasive Meningococcal Disease

July 10, 2017

From the CDC: Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination

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Cyber-alert from the AMA

May 15, 2017

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has received multiple reports of ‘WannaCry’ (also known as ‘WannaCrypt’) ransomware infections in several countries around the world and in the United States.  Some of these infections are impacting patient access to care. 

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HHS Notification: International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations

May 12, 2017

HHS is aware of a significant cyber security issue in the UK and other international locations affecting hospitals and healthcare information systems. We are also aware that there is evidence of this attack occurring inside the United States.

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WCMS Foundation Endowment Fund Provides Support for Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County

November 28, 2016

The Good Samaritan Clinic in Jackson County received $8,640 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment Fund (as part of a $20,000 Community Foundation of WNC People in Need Grant) for an 8-month initiative to transition from a paper medical record system to an electronic health record system.

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ICD-10: One Week Out

September 24, 2015

As we come to October 1st, CMS wants to assure the medical community that we’ve tested and retested our systems, and we’re prepared to solve problems that may come up.

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Get Ready Now: Assess How ICD-10 Will Affect Your Practice

August 31, 2015

With ICD-10 just 30 days away, now is the time to get ready. You can make sure your practice is prepared by following the ABCs of ICD-10

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WCMS Endorses Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Form for use in WNC

August 17, 2015

Our region’s health care providers and physicians have galvanized to ensure that patient home care occurs and is documented according to CMS guidelines. A group of WNC hospital-based home health agencies created a standardized face- to- face document.

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Innovations in Medical Practice in WNC: Trillium Family Medicine Revisited

February 6, 2015

WCMS’ Health Innovations 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 us and we will check it out.

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Patient Portals & Meaningful Use

September 28, 2014

Recently, Dr. McNeill was invited to give a talk on patient portals to DHHS’ Clinical-Community Connections Committee. Here is his powerpoint presentation.

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EMR Partnership to Connect Patient Records across the Carolinas

September 26, 2014

Two North Carolina health information exchanges (HIEs), Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect and Mission Health Connect, have agreed to securely share health records of patients across the Carolinas.

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DocBookMD Testimonial: Using it to Connect with Rural Communities

May 29, 2014

Testimonial from Otolaryngologist, Jed Grisel on using the DocBookMD app to Connect with Rural Communities

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New to EHR Meaningful Use? Begin by July 1 to Avoid Penalties

May 13, 2014

Meaningful Use information from the AMA

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Meaningful Use Attestation Date Extended

February 14, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the original planned date by which all physicians who are attesting for Medicare Meaningful Use in 2013 has been extended from 11:59 pm ET on February 28 to 11:59 pm ET March 31.

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Making Your EHR Truly Meaningful

October 31, 2012

Now that you have invested in an EHR and spent sweat and tears working through the transition from paper to electronic charts, it’s time to focus on what YOU can get out of that investment. 

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