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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ACOs Moving Ahead

December 29, 2014

89 New Accountable Care Organizations Join Program to Improve Care for Medicare beneficiaries

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Expanding Medicaid Would Bring Millions to WNC

December 19, 2014

Western North Carolina stands to lose big. From 2016 to 2020, the cumulative business activity lost In Buncombe County totals $745 million; it reaches 54.5 million in Haywood, another 168.1 million in Henderson, 54.1 million in McDowell, and 21.7 million in Mitchell County.

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Bednarek to Serve as McDowell Hospital’s Interim President

December 15, 2014

Mission Health has announced the appointment of Bob Bednarek as interim President of McDowell Hospital, beginning January 1.

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Local Non-Profits Offer Free Health Insurance Literacy & Budgeting Classes

November 25, 2014

Two local non-profits are teaming up to offer a FREE two- part series on health insurance basics and budgeting for health care costs.

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2014 Mid-Term Election Results

November 5, 2014

The 2014 mid-term elections have come and gone.  What does that mean for Western North Carolina?

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Ebola Fact Sheet

October 23, 2014

What do you need to know about Ebola?

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Alert from BCDH: Updated Ebola Guidance for NC Providers

October 14, 2014

Due to the first diagnosed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the US, the NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH) is pushing out updated guidance for medical providers and reminding providers of their critical role in identifying and isolating suspected cases.

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Buncombe County HHS Partners with MAHEC to Improve Community Health Outcomes

October 10, 2014

A new model to improve Buncombe County’s community health outcomes is being developed to bridge the gap between clinical behavior change efforts and community-wide efforts at improving population health through a partnership between Buncombe County Health & Human Services (BCHHS) and MAHEC.

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Mission Health Budget Statement

September 29, 2014

"In the end, we were able to improve our financial performance by $52 million to offset federal and state reimbursement cuts while providing our deserving caregivers merit increases and making important investments in our system and our community.  We now have an approved 2015 budget that achieves an improved operating margin and that not only maintains, but expands Mission Health’s mission and vision."

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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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Alert from Buncombe County Dept. of Health: Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in NC

September 24, 2014

Earlier this week, the NC DHHS confirmed the presence of enterovirus-D68 in NC.  Because there is no vaccine or specific treatment for EV-D68, the message continues to be that preventive measures are the most important thing for all of us to do to protect against EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses.

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Alert for Providers: Memo on Enterovirus D68

September 19, 2014

With the start of the school year and the approach of fall, we do expect to see increases in visits to health care providers for a wide variety of respiratory illnesses, including influenza. Providers should be aware of EV-D68 as one of many causes of respiratory illness.

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Alert from Buncombe County Dept. of Health: Severe respiratory illness from Enterovirus-68

September 8, 2014

Read this alert from Dr. Jennifer Mullendore with the Buncombe County Department of Health.

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Mission Family Medical- Nebo cites impact of YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

August 22, 2014

Drs. Jeff Domingus and Adam Kinninger from Mission Family Medical- Nebo, referred the majority of the 237 participants who took advantage of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program at the Corpening Memorial YMCA since it began in 2011.

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