WCMS' Current Legislative Priorities 5/14/15

May 14, 2015

Based on multiple discussions with NCMS, meetings with legislators, and Board review, WCMS is currently focusing on these legislative priorities, which may change in the ensuing weeks as these issues are moving targets. Please contact if you have questions or if you would like to get involved in advocacy.

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WCMS STANDS AGAINST HOUSE BILL 465: “Clarify & Modify Certain Abortion Laws”

April 30, 2015

The Western Carolina Medical Society opposes HB 465. The bill is a direct assault on patient access to care, patient safety, patient privacy, and physician training.

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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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Letter from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair, Kate Queen, MD

April 9, 2015

Since its creation in 1996, Project Access has inspired physicians and community partners to donate their services, without compensation, to help those who do not have access to quality care. However in this era of rapid change, Project Access is being challenged to re-invent its role. In the setting of new systems of care, waning financial support and new opportunities for health insurance coverage, Project Access is embarking on a process of redefinition and revitalization.

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WCMS Foundation Board seeking Rural Health Innovations!

March 17, 2015

The WCMS Foundation Board of Directors is inviting innovative physicians, practices, and organizations from across the region to present their work to the Board.

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Vote for Dr. Ed Diez for NC Doctor of the Year

March 16, 2015

Attention Western Carolina Medical Society Members!

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WCMS Gearing up for Doctor’s Day!

March 10, 2015

For Doctor's Day this year, WCMS has written an article, will run a radio spot and will spend time with physicians at two different hospitals.

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Thank your Physician on “National Doctor’s Day”

February 25, 2015

National Doctor’s Day is March 30, 2015. The Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) honors and thanks the physicians across Western North Carolina for their commitment to exceptional medical care and for their advocacy on behalf of their patients.

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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD

February 20, 2015

Dr. Henderson's letter about the 2015 WCMS Strategic Plan

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WCMS Foundation Receives Grant for Interpreter Network to Expand in McDowell County

January 9, 2015

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) was granted $14,000 to expand the WCMSF Interpreter Network (WIN) to McDowell County.  The funding was provided by a grant from The McDowell Endowment and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.  This grant will help the McDowell County hearing impaired and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) population gain access to trained medical interpreters.

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WCMS 2015 Strategic Plan

December 30, 2014

Thanks to all our key partners, WCMS has developed our Strategic Plan for 2015.

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December 18, 2014

WCMS  member physicians can host at their practices one of our Health Access Counselors between now and Friday, February 13, 2015 to help your patients enroll in either the HIM, Medicaid, Medicare or Project Access® (the latter for Buncombe residents only) as eligible.

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Letter from the WCMS President- D. Gus Vickery, MD

December 3, 2014

"Most of us probably had some individualized vision of what it meant to be a physician. I would imagine most of us were excited about the potential to make a difference in peoples’ lives, to improve the health of our communities and to collaborate with other professionals who possess a passion for medical science and its ability to do good. What happened to that passion, that vision?"

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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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