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Project Access All Souls Counseling Update

June 20, 2016

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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Letter to Legislators Protesting the Sunsetting of NC Licensures for ASL Interpreters

June 8, 2016

It is my understanding that your committee is considering the sunsetting of the NCITLB – the licensing board which guarantees minimum standards of those who  provide interpreter services for the deaf under the federally required ADA law. As both a sign language interpreter and a program administrator who coordinates interpreter services in the medical field, I can attest to the fact that when a patient is not given a qualified interpreter, their health and safety are in jeopardy.

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Multiple myeloma: New drugs offer hope to patients

March 21, 2016

March is Multiple Myeloma Month! It is the month chosen to celebrate the courage of multiple myeloma patients and their caregivers and to increase awareness about the disease, thereby increasing the prospect of funding for more research. Indeed, it has been a success story to build on.
 
In the past few months, five different drugs or drug regimens have been approved by the FDA to treat the disease. This certainly increases the prospect of increasing the survival of patients with this disease, until now considered incurable. Following the lead of Bart Barlogie, M.D., Ph.D., a prominent researcher and multiple myeloma expert, it is time to start thinking about and working toward the cure.

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Shaneka Simmons, WCMS Health Access/Project Access Coordinator, Recipient of First Annual Julian Prize

October 30, 2015

The award is given to a young person doing creative nonprofit work for our community.

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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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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (Oct 2015)

October 22, 2015

"Investing in Physician Wellness".  All of these challenges are associated with an epidemic spreading across the profession: burnout.  Your medical society, Western Carolina Medical Society, is keenly aware of all this and has declared that the welfare of physicians and their families is a core objective of its 2015 and 2016 strategic plans.

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PROJECT ACCESS PARTNERS WITH ALL SOULS COUNSELING CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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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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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September is Women in Medicine Month

September 2, 2015

"Women have served as nurses and midwives for centuries.  However, breaking into the halls of medicine has been slow and painful."  Read article by Samantha Read-Smith, WCMS President-Elect

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What Project Access Means to Me…

August 26, 2015

“I feel strongly that it is my responsibility as a physician to take care of the people in our community, even if they are uninsured or don't have the means to pay. Project Access helps these patients in need, get plugged in with the appropriate physicians.”

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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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Local Medical Charity Project Access® Awarded $500,000 Grant by The Duke Endowment

July 14, 2015

ASHEVILLE. N.C. (June 24, 2015) – Together with Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMS Foundation), Mission Foundation today announced it has been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to cover funding shortfalls in WCMS Foundation’s Project Access® charity medical care program. Project Access® offers access to free healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Buncombe County. 

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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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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (June 2015)

June 15, 2015

"We Take Care of Our Own".  The prevalence of symptomatic burnout is staggeringly high in practicing physicians. To make things worse, most healthcare workplaces completely fail to acknowledge stress, burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed among physicians.  

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