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July 12, 2017
Introducing The Healthy Healer: WCMS' New Services Promote Wellness and Prevent Burnout!
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!
  • Fifty-one percent of physicians reported experiencing  frequent or constant feelings of burnout in 2017, up from 40 percent in 2013
  • Physician satisfaction with work-life balance worsened from 2011 to 2014, according to a 2015 Mayo Clinic Proceedings study
  • Physicians have a 10 percent to 20 percent higher divorce rate than the general U.S. population, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Medical students have a 15 percent to 30 percent higher rate of depression compared to the general population
  • Providers who use EHRs and computerized physician order entry report lower levels of job satisfaction and higher rates of burnout compared to their counterparts who still use paper
  • Nearly 50 percent of physicians believe overwork, stress and fatigue among their colleagues significantly contributes to medical errors
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In This Issue:
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Introducing The Healthy Healer: WCMS' New Services Promote Wellness and Prevent Burnout!
Save the Date for Fall WCMS Events
MAHEC Job Fair 9/20/2017
Innovative Care in Opioid Prescribing at Pardee Hospital
Most popular insurance in NC may no longer be accepted by Mission Health
Official CDC Health Advisory: Invasive Meningococcal Disease despite Vaccinations
Public Health Alert from BCHHS: Vectorborne Disease Updates
CDC: Opioid prescriptions remain high despite recent decline
Buying time for BCRA
WCMS Job Board
Save the Dates: Newcomers' Picnic 9/24/17 & Healthy Healer Retreat Featuring Rebecca Sotile Fallon 11/4/17
Please mark your calendars for the 2017 Newcomers' Picnic at Yesterday Spaces! Bring the whole family to this inter-generational, fun, and collegial event! September 24 at 4 p.m.

Also mark your calendars for the 2017 Healthy Healer retreat, Finding Balance in Love and Medicine, presented by Rebecca Fallon of the Sotile Center for Resilience. This years retreat will focus on relational health and coping with changes at home and in the work place. The retreat will be held Saturday, November 4th at the Montreat Conference Center.
MAHEC Job Fair 9/20/17
Bringing MAHEC Residents in touch with practice opportunities in WNC.  Reserve your spot today! Space is limited to 30 practice sites and includes 2 representatives per site. Click here for more details
Innovative Care in Opioid Prescribing at Pardee Hospital
Dr. David Ellis and Dr. Scott Donaldson
As the opioid crisis continues to overwhelm western North Carolina, hospitals are changing gears when it comes to prescribing opioids to patients. In an effort to learn more about what some of our local hospitals are doing, WCMS interviewed Dr. David Ellis (Chief Medical Officer) and Dr. Scott Donaldson (Chief of Staff) of Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville. 

Pardee is working to change the mentality of hospital staff about prescribing with hopes of less opioids leaving the hospital. They are also sending patients who are prescribed opioids home with a narcotic deactivation bag in an attempt to reduce the number of pills left in the home.

To read the interview with Drs. Ellis and Donaldson, click here
Most popular insurance in NC may no longer be accepted by Mission Health 
In a news release, Mission Health announced its plans to terminate contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) if "ongoing negotiations fail to reach an agreement."

Mission Health said it is putting a deadline of Oct. 4, 2017, in place. 

This means, if a deal cannot be reached, Mission Health, its facilities and physicians will be out of the BCBSNC network on Oct. 5, 2017.  BCBSNC is the state's largest health plan with a 72 percent market share. To read the full article, click here
Official CDC Health Advisory: Invasive Meningococcal Disease despite Vaccinations
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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: Vectorborne Disease Updates 
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CDC: Opioid prescriptions remain high despite recent decline 
NBC Nightly News (7/6, story 7, 1:50, Guthrie) reported, "As this country battles the opioid drug crisis, the CDC reported today that far too many people are still being prescribed those highly addictive" pain medications "and for too long. The warning came despite the fact that the number of prescriptions was down actually over a five-year period." The CDC's Acting Director Anne Schuchat, MD, was shown saying, "Enough for every American to be on opioid medications around the clock for three weeks. That's just too much." To read more, click here
Buying time for BCRA
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday said he plans to release an updated version of the Senate GOP's health reform legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, tomorrow. In order to ensure the Senate has enough time to act on the legislation, McConnell added that the Senate will delay the start of its August recess, which had been scheduled to begin at the end of this month, until the third week of August. (Source: NPR, 7/11)
WCMS Job Board

If you are a 100% Member Practice, posting job openings here is FREE!  Click here for more information. 
WCMS is a thriving 650+ member professional association of the physicians of Western North Carolina, and a chartered component medical society of the NC Medical Society and the AMA. WCMS is an organization run by physicians, for physicians. In 2017, WCMS opened membership to physician assistants.

Our Mission
WCMS Association: WCMSA is the physicians' voice advocating for the health of the physician, the patient, and the community, through strengthening the physician-patient relationship.

WCMS Foundation: WCMSF is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness.

Our Vision
To be a dynamic physician community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant Western North Carolina.
About WCMS
The purpose of WCMS is: 
  • To strengthen the voice of WNC physicians in advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of our region
  • To inform, educate and prepare physicians for rapidly occurring changes in health care at national, state, and local levels
  • To share legislative and policy information and advocate on behalf of physicians in areas of mutual interest
  • To share available resources in areas of mutual interest
  • To promote physician-to-physician communication and dialogue in an open, honest and safe environment
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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director