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July 19, 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:
Sponsor Message: Community Cancer Education, Inc. (Left)
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
Millions of dollars at stake in Mission Health-Blue Cross battle
Women in Medicine Affinity Group Learns Techniques for Self Care
From NCMS: What the STOP Act Means to You
From NCMS: New Web Page for Clinicians Working in Small, Rural or Underserved Areas
2018 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary
Heath Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect
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
Millions of dollars at stake in Mission Health-Blue Cross battle
Cable-TV customers are used to financial disputes in which a content provider threatens to withhold favorite shows or the cable company says it will block a network. The disputes always get settled, often minutes before the final deadline.

The same thing is happening in Asheville, except this time, something much more important is at stake: health care.

Mission Health System, which has a 90% market share of hospital admissions in Buncombe County, says it won't accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina insurance after Oct. 4. That means thousands of Asheville-area folks with Blue Cross coverage might pay more for out-of-network service at Mission, or drive to Hendersonville's Pardee Hospital or elsewhere for Blue Cross-affiliated health care. To read the full article, click here
Women in Medicine Affinity Group Learns Techniques for Self Care
On Thursday, July 13 the Women in Medicine Affinity Group gathered at East West Events to learn about reflexology and aromatherapy for self care. The presentation was led by Michelle Bilsky,  Vice President of Risk Management for MedMal Direct Insurance and registered RN, massage therapist and esthetician.  It was a relaxing, rejuvenating evening of de-stressing, learning and collegiality! Our next Women in Medicine event will be held in November. 

From NCMS: What the STOP Act Means to You 
On June 29, Gov. Roy Cooper signed the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act of 2017 into law. Aimed at curtailing the opioid abuse epidemic in the state, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) supported this legislation. Read the law and a comprehensive history of its passage on the NCMS 2017 Legislative Blog.
From NCMS: New Web Page for Clinicians Working in Small, Rural or Underserved Areas
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched a new section on the Quality Payment Program dedicated to doctors and other clinicians working in small or rural practices as well as those treating patients in underserved areas . This page serves as a single point of reference to help prepare for, and actively participate in, the Quality Payment Program, especially, for those participating under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track. You can also review the flexibilities to help reduce the participation and reporting burden on small practices for 2017.
2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary
On July 10, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the  2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule  with comment period.  CMS also issued a  fact sheet  on the proposed rule.  CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule through September 11, 2017.  The final rule is expected to be released in early November. To read more, click here
Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect 
WASHINGTON - Two more Republican senators declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing, for now, a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

The announcement by the senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, left their leaders at least two votes short of the number needed to begin debate on their bill to dismantle the health law. Two other Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine, had already said they would not support a procedural step to begin debate. To read the full article, click here.
WCMS Job Board

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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