Groundbreaking New Mission Hospital Patient Tower

September 24, 2015

A groundbreaking was held Thursday on the 635,000 square-foot facility that will include 220 patient rooms, an expanded and new Emergency Department and parking, consolidated Operating Rooms with support space, Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Radiology and a helipad.

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Flu Season is Here

September 23, 2015

Do your part to keep our community’s protective shield strong! Get a Flu Shot!

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Mission Health Partners Announces Significant Network Expansion More Than 550 Specialists Join The 275 Primary Care Physician Network

September 17, 2015

Mission Health Partners (MHP), the second largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in North Carolina, is pleased to announce  its new primary care partners for 2016 and the addition of specialists to its network.

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Letter from WCMS Member Dr. Harald Kowa to NCGA Senators & Representatives

September 14, 2015

"As I have explained in a previous email, competition between PLEs (Physician Led Entities) and MCOs (Managed Care/Cash Organizations) is not possible.  PLEs provide medical and mental health services to individuals, and MCOs take money from individuals and set up administrative filters to prevent money from flowing back out to patient care."

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Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Outbreak

September 11, 2015

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Alert from BCDH: NCIR and Required Polio Vaccine for Kindergartners

September 10, 2015

It has come to our attention at Buncombe County Health and Human Services that the NC Immunization Registry (NCIR) is not reflecting the new polio immunization requirement for Kindergartners. 

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Health Alert from Buncombe County HHS: Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza info

September 2, 2015

HPAI viruses were first identified in birds in the US in December 2014 and have infected wild birds and poultry in multiple states since that time. No human infections with these viruses have been detected in the US, although similar avian influenza viruses have infected people in other countries. 

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Four Seasons Pilots Medicare Reform through Innovative Community Palliative Care Model

August 25, 2015

In collaboration with the Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton, Four Seasons will test a new model for community-based palliative care across the continuum of care spanning in-patient and outpatient settings. 

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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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New Immunization Requirements for School Aged Children

August 13, 2015

Buncombe County Health and Human Services wants parents in Buncombe County to know that there are new immunization requirements for school aged children in North Carolina.

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Heartstrings Press Release

June 25, 2015

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings fundraiser to help fund the WCMS Foundation. To celebrate its 13th year, Heartstrings turned up the fun with a weekend Family Fun Event.  Heartstrings, presented by Quest Diagnostics, was held on Saturday May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th at Carrier Park as part of Asheville’s popular Mountain Sports Festival.

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Health Alert from BCHHS Medical Director—Varicella

June 3, 2015

We have recently seen an increase of varicella cases in schools.  I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that although the varicella vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing severe cases of varicella, it is not 100% effective at preventing milder cases.  Please keep Breakthrough Varicella on your list of possible diagnoses in a vaccinated child with a rash illness.

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Public Health Advisory: Increasing Early Syphilis Cases in North Carolina

May 14, 2015

Early syphilis infections in North Carolina continue to rise. Compared to the same time period in 2014, early syphilis cases in the first 3 months of 2015 increased by 56%.

Due to this substantial increase in early syphilis infections, we are asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to your patients.  New syphilis infections are primarily occurring among men, especially men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive individuals. Enhancing STI prevention services to these patients may efficiently address the rise in early syphilis infections and improve the health of our fellow North Carolinians.

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Survey Results - How Will the 3% Medicaid Cut Affect Your Practice?

April 29, 2015

Here are the results from the WCMS surveywhich was included in the April 20 publication of Vital Signs.

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Heartstrings Press Release

April 15, 2015

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings fundraiser to help fund the WCMS Foundation. To celebrate its 13th year, Heartstrings is turning up the fun with a weekend Family Fun Event. 

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