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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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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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A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

July 17, 2018

Read Seema Verma's letter in full

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June is National Hernia Awareness Month

June 22, 2018

The purpose of National Hernia Awareness Month is to raise the public knowledge of the warning signs and latest treatment options available regarding hernias. It is estimated that more than 5 million persons have some type of hernia, but only 750,000 people per year actually seek medical attention.

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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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MAHEC and Preconception Health

March 15, 2018

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC has partnered with a national maternal child health collaborative to test a new model that it helped to develop for assessing mothers’ health during well-child visits.

The goal of this screening tool is to reduce low birth weight and preterm births, which account for more than 70 percent of infant mortality, where the US ranks among the worst of all industrialized nations.

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Thank your Physician on “National Doctors’ Day”

February 26, 2018

National Doctors’ Day is March 30, 2018. The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) honors and thanks the physicians across Western North Carolina for their commitment to exceptional medical care and for their advocacy on behalf of their patients.

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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 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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CMS updates Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model for 2019

November 22, 2017

CMS updates Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model for 2019
Expansion of model to 25 total states to provide Medicare beneficiaries with more choices and lower costs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced several updates to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model for 2019 that encourages customized benefit designs and flexibilities that meet the health needs of beneficiaries in a total of 25 states.   

“This Administration is committed to making sure that our seniors have more choices and lower premiums in their Medicare Advantage plans,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS expects that this demonstration will provide insights into future innovations for the Medicare Advantage program.”

CMS recently announced in the Medicare Advantage and Part D proposed rule that it is providing new flexibility for customized benefit designs that address the specific health needs of certain beneficiaries under Medicare Advantage. This allows additional plan variety and options, reduced cost sharing for customized benefits and different cost-sharing for beneficiaries that meet specific medical criteria

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Public Health Provider Alert from BCHHS: Advice for Health Care Providers Treating Patients in or Recently Returned from Hurricane-Affected Areas, Including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

October 25, 2017

CDC issued the attached Health Advisory on 10/24/17 to remind clinicians assessing patients currently in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza.

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MAHEC Prepares Western North Carolina for MACRA, Featured in New MACRA Toolkit

October 18, 2017

October 11, 2017– Last week was the deadline for physicians and other eligible professionals to begin collecting data to meet reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) or face a potential reduction in future Medicare reimbursement.

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