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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Stronger Together WNC Seeks Civil Surgeons in WNC

March 8, 2018

Civil Surgeon needed for WNC region.  

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Community Partners to Bring NC MedAssist’s Free Mobile Pharmacy and Health Care Resources to Individuals in Need

February 20, 2018

NC MedAssist will hold a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Asheville on Saturday, March 17.  The event, which is in collaboration with the NC Grange and Carolina Farm Credit, is open to any low-income individual or family needing free health screenings, education and medicine cabinet staples. 

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Healthcare of All: Good for Business

February 12, 2018

Healthcare for All-WNC offers an informative forum on Healthcare for All: Good for Business.

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WCMS Project Access® Collaboration with Partnership for Pastoral Counseling

February 7, 2018

Does your Project Access® patient need a mental health counseling referral? Look no further.

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Need volunteers for Free Over the Counter Medication Giveaway Event!

February 7, 2018

NC MedAssists needs a total of 150 volunteers to work this large event!  They are currently at 89 volunteers for the event day. They just just confirmed set up for the day before(3/16/18) from 1-4pm, and need about 30 more people.  

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February 7, 2018

“We are excited that Project Access® has expanded into Madison County and appreciate all the physicians participating in Project Access®,” said Dr. Susan McDowell, a family medicine physician at Hot Springs Medical Center.

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Organizations Who Register One Provider For Any of the Programs Below Get a Voucher for the Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain Program

February 2, 2018

Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Attendees will learn the evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, recommendations on how to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorders. This program will include the three required topics outlined by the new CME requirement in 21 NCAC 32R .0101.

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CareNet Counseling in McDowell County

January 31, 2018

CareNet Counseling in McDowell County received $8,720 from WCMS Foundation's Endowment Fund (as part of a $20,000 Community Foundation of WNC People in Need Grant) to support community-based, professional mental health counseling for the residents of McDowell Country, regardless of ability to pay. 

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MAHEC Offers Innovative Online Training on Effective Chronic Pain Treatment

January 29, 2018

On February 6, primary care providers will learn how to help their patients manage chronic pain effectively with pharmacological and behavioral health approaches that reduce the risk for opioid misuse and dependency.

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Get Your Rear in Gear Asheville

January 29, 2018

Colon Cancer Awareness 5K run/walk

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NC Rural Center Receives Grant to Deliver Leadership Training in North Carolina's Appalachian Region

January 23, 2018

RALEIGH - The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the NC Rural Center a $100,000 grant to increase regional leadership development in North Carolina's 29 Appalachian counties.

The grant will allow the Rural Center to expand its Homegrown Leaders program, an initiative to develop and support highly-skilled, highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in North Carolina.

"Thanks to the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, we will be able to provide training opportunities to current and emerging leaders in rural Appalachia," said Rural Center President Patrick Woodie. "The Rural Center has a long history of supporting and nurturing rural leadership in North Carolina. This grant will allow us to help these 29 counties develop and support a diverse group of leaders who are committed to bringing about positive change in their communities and region

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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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Public Health Provider Alert from BCHHS: Update on Pertussis Outbreak

December 21, 2017

As of yesterday, Henderson County’s pertussis outbreak had increased to 52 cases, mainly in school-aged children. So far, in Buncombe County, we have had 1 probable case (lab negative, but symptoms consistent with pertussis).

Please remain vigilant and continue to promote pertussis immunization for everyone, but especially those in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy or in contact with infants.

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Community Debate on Healthcare: Right or Commodity?

December 19, 2017

On Friday, December 15, local doctors, healthcare professionals, and community members met in the Asheville High School auditorium to debate “Healthcare: Right or Commodity?”

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