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WCMS Foundation Awarded Two-Year Grant from Physicians Foundation “WCMS Healthy Healer Program: Using the Medical Society as a Vehicle to Address Physician Burnout”

November 6, 2017

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s (WCMS) Healthy Healer Program has been awarded a two-year grant from The Physicians Foundation to develop a replicable program for medical societies to address the growing trend of physician burnout.

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New service: WCMS offering confidential peer assistance to physicians flagged by NCMB for opioid prescribing practices

November 3, 2017

WCMS is now offering confidential, voluntary peer to peer assistance for physicians flagged by the NCMB for opioid prescribing practices.

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Opioid Prescription Practices in Western North Carolina

October 25, 2017

In 2005 this patient went in for surgery to correct a deviated septum. The surgery was successful and he was discharged home with a prescription for 30 Percocet tablets. His recovery was uneventful and when he went back for a re-check and reported that he had not needed to take any of the pain pills he was given the surgeon informed him that this was pretty much a “painless surgery.” When he asked why he been given the 30 pills he was told it was “expected.”

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Help Families in Puerto Rico

October 23, 2017

The families of a WCMS physician and two WIN interpreters are affected by the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico. WCMS is helping the physician and interpreters gather supplies to send to their families.

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Message From Association President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino

October 11, 2017

I am writing from my desk in Hendersonville, NC.

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2017 Recipient of the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship Selected

September 15, 2017

WCMS is pleased to announce that Asheville High School student Justin Sech has been awarded the scholarship. Justin is an excellent student eager to continue his education and well-deserving of this award.

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MedServe Fellows Can Help You and Your Practice Thrive!

August 29, 2017

WCMS strives to keep our members “in the know” when it comes to valuable resources for our members! When we learned about MedServe, a unique educational pipeline program created by UNC Medical School graduates, we knew it was something that we wanted to share with you.

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Medicaid Reform White Paper

August 10, 2017

On August 8 2017, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its detailed proposed program design for Medicaid Managed Care. The proposed program design (pdf) and supporting materials can be found here. 

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Introducing The Healthy Healer: WCMS' New Services Promote Wellness and Prevent Burnout!

July 12, 2017

If any of  these statistics below resonate with you, click here to learn about our new Healthy Healer Program, featuring discounted, discreet, confidential therapy and coaching services to WCMS members via experienced professionals whom we've personally vetted. Take action now and get help for yourself and your colleagues. We are here to help you be your best self!

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Pardee Innovative Practice Interview

July 6, 2017

Pardee Hospital physicians, Dr. David Ellis, MD (Chief Medical Officer) and Dr. Scott Donaldson, MD (Chief of Staff) were interviewed on May 23rd with regard to the hospital’s actions to tackle the opioid crisis.

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Project Access Receives Three-Year Funding Award from The Duke Endowment

July 5, 2017

Together with Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS), Mission Health today announced it has been awarded a $750,000 grant over three years from The Duke Endowment to support and expand WCMS’ Project Access charity care program.

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Project Access Pharmacy Update

July 5, 2017

Due to an unpredicted and unprecedented increase in medication costs for PA over the past 18 months, a Medication Committee was formed to explore ways in which to lower costs while continuing to be advocates for our PA patients with their medication needs. Also, during this time, the opioid addiction and crisis issues in the Nation and more personally, in our community, have increased significantly.

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Message from the Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Britt Peterson

May 31, 2017

"Regardless of one’s political stance for or against certain immigration policies, we believe there are basic rules of decency that apply to everyone in the United States, whether they are citizens, green card holders, immigrants with refugee status, undocumented immigrants, tourist visa holders, or any other status.  This is particularly true in health care settings where people are in need of a safe place to heal from illness."

C. Britt Peterson, MD
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair

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Message from Association President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino

May 9, 2017

Message from Association President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino

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WCMS Issues Action Alert on SB 629

April 26, 2017

On Tuesday, 4/25/17, WCMS issued an action alert to all WNC physicians on SB 629.

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