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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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Information blocking rules: what you need to know where to get it

April 8, 2021

Last year the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a rule implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act requiring physicians to comply with new regulations on the access, exchange and use of patients' electronic health information (EHI).

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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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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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Update: NC’s Move to Medicaid Managed Care

November 19, 2020

NC Medicaid recently published an update on the state’s move to Managed Care for physicians and PAs serving Medicaid patients.

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Trump Administration released 3 rules of interest to physicians

October 30, 2020

Here are brief summaries. 

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ONC Guides for Implementing 21st Century Cures Act related to electronic health information

October 26, 2020

As we shared with the Federation earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released regulations implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) requiring physicians to comply with new regulations on the access, exchange, and use of patients’ electronic health information (EHI).

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New Poll Shows Increasing Support for Closing NC’s Coverage Gap

September 11, 2020

The results of a new poll released this week reveal growing support across party lines for closing North Carolina’s health care coverage gap.

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Advocates call for Medicaid expansion as NC unemployment increases health insurance gap

September 8, 2020

A coalition of organizations from across the state held a virtual forum Sept. 2 calling for Medicaid expansion as North Carolinians grapple with a loss of health care coverage due to unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tens of thousands of state residents have fallen into the "coverage gap" due to COVID-19, worsening an already concerning issue, according to Care4Carolina, a group advocating for affordable health care in the state.

The gap includes those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to get help through the private insurance marketplace.

North Carolina is among 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Prior to COVID-19, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if it did, more than 400,000 residents would gain health insurance. Care4Carolina says about 178,000 more North Carolinians are living in the gap since COVID-19 hit.

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Project Access featured in the WNC Bridge Foundation's 2019 Impact Report

August 25, 2020

With its roots having formed in the 19th century, the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) has been a stronghold in the community, serving to improve access to healthcare, fight health inequities and promote wellness in Western North Carolina. The WCMSF is a group of physicians and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to connect low-income, uninsured patients with free or low-cost comprehensive medical care.

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Project Access receives two years of grant funding from The Duke Endowment

May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020, Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded $500,000 from the Duke Endowment over a two -year period for its Project Access® (PA) program. The Duke Endowment supports thirty (30) similar sites across North and South Carolina and has been a long-time supporter of WCMSF’s Project Access program.

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WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING INITIATIVE AWARDED GRANT FROM COLON CANCER COALITION

August 19, 2019

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation--in collaboration with Digestive Health Partners (DHP)-- has been awarded a Colon Cancer Coalition (CCC) grant to expand the Western North Carolina Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (WNC-CRCSI) across 5 counties.

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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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