Alert from BCDH: Acute Flaccid Myelitis

October 26, 2015

Please see this memo from the NC Division of Public Health re: identification, management and reporting of cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

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Letter from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair, Kate Queen MD (Oct 2015)

October 26, 2015

November 19th is National Rural Health Day. Help WCMS celebrate our rural health care providers—thank a rural doctor today!

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Breast Cancer Screening is Key to Saving Lives!

October 23, 2015

Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years. Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, BCHHS Medical Director says, “Regardless of family history of cancer or risk factors, all women should be screened for breast cancer.” 

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October 21, 2015

WCMS would like to announce our new partner for Project Access® patients, All Souls Counseling Center (ASCC). All patients who are uninsured or underinsured may be referred to ASCC, regardless of enrollment in Project Access; however there is a special discount available for Project Access® patients.

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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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