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June 29, 2016

In This Issue:
Sponsor Message: Four Seasons Compassion for Life
Save the Date: Independent Physicians Affinity Group 7/25/16
Save the Date: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16
New WCMS Members
Project Access /Smoky Mountain Update
WCMS Foundation Produces New Video
Special Conference on Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse in NC
Coalition of State Medical Societies Weighs in On VA's Scope of Practice Policy
Bowtie Briefing for 6/24/16
Immediate Action Required: EIDM Security Officials and Individual Practitioners Must Recertify User Accounts by 6/30/16
Public Webinar: Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Save the Date: Independent Physicians Affinity Group - Marketing Your Practice Webinar with White Coat Solutions 7/25/16 (for Practice Mangers, too!)
Want to attract more patients to your practice?
 
In this webinar, you'll learn 7 proven marketing strategies to help you stand out from the competition and position your practice as the local leader in your specialty. From online marketing to increasing referrals, this webinar will give you plenty of ideas on how to step up your practice's marketing game. There will also be time at the end of the webinar for questions.  

Save the Date: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16      
The picnic will again be held at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester. We're looking forward to welcoming physicians who are new to the area and meeting Physician Assistants who will be eligible for membership in 2017!        
LOCAL NEWS
 
New WCMS Members          
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Project Access /Smoky Mountain Update    
If you are a primary care or specialty care physician who volunteers for Project Access®, and your PA patients need mental health or substance abuse services, you can refer them to Smoky Mountain for both emergency/crisis AND routine appointments. Smoky will handle all disability groups and diagnoses. Uninsured PA patients will be covered by state funds set aside for this purpose. 
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WCMS Foundation Produces New Video             
The WCMS Foundation has created a new video to showcase their work.

WCMS Foundation
 
The Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society, addressing issues of access to quality healthcare, disparities in health, and health & wellness.                   
STATE NEWS
 
Special Conference on Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse in NC          
The North Carolina Department of Justice is bringing together law enforcement, public health, medical, legal and public policy professionals to discuss how to curb prescription drug and opioid abuse in North Carolina at a conference to be held on August 11 at the McKimmon Center  on the North Carolina State University Campus in Raleigh. Please save the date. Registration will open in July. For more information contact Natalie Wood, nwood2@ncdoj.gov or 919-716-6073.
Coalition of State Medical Societies Weighs in On VA's Scope of Practice Policy
The 10 medical societies that make up the Coalition of State Medical Societies, including the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), have sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonaldexpressing "deep concern" with the VA's recent announcement of a proposal that would allow advanced practice nurses to practice independently in the VA health system.
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Bowtie Briefing for 6/24/16
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NATIONAL NEWS
 
Immediate Action Required: EIDM Security Officials and Individual Practitioners Must Recertify User Accounts by 6/30/16        
In July 2015, CMS transitioned from the Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) system to the Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system. 
 
EIDM users must recertify their accounts, annually. This year, recertification is required by the end of June. The EIDM Security Official (SO) or Individual Practitioner must recertify by Thursday, June 30, 2016. The SO and Individual Practitioner can recertify by logging into the CMS Enterprise Portal using existing EIDM credentials  to access the list of users who require recertification.  SOs and Individual Practitioner can locate the list of users by navigating to the View and Manage My Access page after logging in and selecting the Annual Certification link on the left pane. The SO and Individual Practitioner can recertify multiple users at one time.
If you experience issues trying to recertify users, please call the QualityNet Help Desk immediately at 1-866-288-8912. The QualityNet Help Desk hours of operations are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Central Time.
Take action today. The deadline for SOs and Individual Practitioner to recertify user roles is June 30th. Current certification will expire after that date and user roles will be revoked. If that happens, users must go through the process of requesting the role for SO and Individual Practitioner approval.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Public Webinar: Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The CDC is hosting a seven-part webinar series about the Guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, which began on Wednesday, June 22nd at 2:00pm EDT. The next webinar is July 27, 2016  Webinar 2 Non-opioid treatments  (Addressing Recommendation 1). These are free and offer continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators, and other healthcare providers.

Click here for more information. 

Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
The efficiency and care coordination gains attributed to the adoption of electronic technology for managing and communicating health information appear to come at a personal and professional cost for physicians.
Physician satisfaction with the clerical burden of electronic health records (EHRs), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and communication via patient portals is low, but the risk for burnout associated with the use of some of these technologies is high, according to the results of a 2014 national survey across various medical specialties and practice settings.
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WCMS is a thriving 700+ member professional association of the physicians of western North Carolina and a chartered component medical society of the NC Medical Society and the AMA. The WCMS is an organization run by physicians for physicians.


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

We hope you enjoy our weekly e-Newsletter. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.  

Sincerely,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director