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March 1, 2017
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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message: Membership Now Open to PAs (Left)
2017 WCMS Dues - Stay with us!
Weigh In: Senator Rand Paul's Obamacare Replacement Act - Yea or Nay?
Register Now: Independent Affinity Group 3/13/17
Register Now: WCMS Emeritus Group 3/15/17
Register Now: Women in Medicine Affinity Group 3/23/17
Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis
MPH Program at MAHEC - Interest Survey
Lawmakers Seek to Cap Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
The Healthy Healer
WCMS Job Board
2017 WCMS Dues - Stay with us!
If you haven't already, please pay your 2017 dues!

This is a big year for legislative advocacy. Stay with us to:
* Keep legislation out of the physician-patient relationship and the exam room
* Make your voice heard about patient safety issues
* Fight for patient access to high quality health care

And we're building up our Healthy Healer program. Will include:

* Discounts on counseling/coaching
* Large event with renowned speaker, November 4

There's a lot happening at WCMS - check out our full 2017 Strategic Plan.

Not sure whether you've paid? 
Weigh In
WCMS wants to hear your voice on healthcare issues that matter. Only 4 of you voted on the Ryan plan last week. After Trump's speech last night essentially endorsing the Ryan plan, we'd love to hear from the rest of you about what you think. Share your opinions (anonymously, of course). We will publish the results next week.

Register Now: Independent Affinity Group 3/13/17
As healthcare shifts away from patient satisfaction & towards patient experience, it is important for physicians, practice executives and staff to understand how this shift in ideology will impact their practice.

Physicians & PAs
Practice Managers & Executives
Office Staff

- Examine the components of the patient experience
- Explore how a great patient experience can impact quality, safety, staff engagement & financial results.
- Develop tools to improve the patient experience and exceed patient expectations
- Recognize the importance of raising awareness of the patient experience and spreading culture change throughout the practice
- Learn techniques to better engage physicians, providers, patients & families to provide safer and more effective care
Register Now: WCMS Emeritus Group 3/15/17
Dr. Jeff Heck will give an update on MAHEC's recent projects.
Register Now: Women in Medicine Affinity Group
The Two Sides of Money
Join us for the first Women in Medicine affinity group of 2017!

Laura Webb, CFP will be leading a presentation and discussion. 
Click here for more information and registration. 
Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis

Pictured: Dr. Mike Parmer, Dr. Scott Donaldson, Dr. Bill Hathaway, Dr. Rebecca Bernstein, Dr. Blake Fagan, Dr. Susan McDowell, Dr. MaryShell Zaffino
Others in attendance: Dr. Steven Crider, Dr. Lee Manthorne, Dr. Teresa Herbert, Dr. Todd Wallenius, Dr. Steve Crane, Dr. Rick Bunio, Dr. Will McLean, Eric Christian (CCWNC), Steve Keene (NCMS), Miriam Schwarz (WCMS CEO)
Click here to read the meeting summary
MPH Program at MAHEC - Interest Survey
Please participate in a survey to assess interest in a Master of Public Health (MPH) program. UNC Asheville, UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) are partnering to better understand regional interest in a two year, in-person MPH degree which could be offered by UNCA and UNC at the MAHEC campus.

As part of a planning process, this survey will assess interest in getting an MPH among individuals in western NC and beyond.

This survey should take less than 5 minutes. By clicking on the link below you consent to anonymously participating in this survey, where aggregate responses will be shared among stakeholders.
Lawmakers Seek to Cap Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
Doctors who worry about medical malpractice lawsuits would get major relief under legislation that was approved by a House committee Tuesday and that would make it harder for patients to come after their money.
Click here to continue reading. 
The Healthy Healer
Prevent Physician Burnout - How To Reach Out to a Colleague in Distress

What should you do if you think one of your colleagues/partners is suffering from physician burnout? In most cases we keep our head down and ignore it. That is completely in line with our physician programming. The main message we absorb is, "Never show weakness."

I believe we have a moral obligation to reach out and attempt to support our colleagues we believe have physician burnout. It is potentially a life saving conversation.

Here are some tips for exactly how to reach out - what to say and how often to say it - when your partner or colleague has you concerned that they are in the downward spiral of physician burnout.
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 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. 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
We hope you enjoy our weekly e-Newsletter. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.  
Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA
WCMS CEO/Executive Director