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Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Hospital Care Options

December 15, 2015

The BRBJ physicians and staff sincerely welcome the opportunity to work with Park Ridge Health (PRH).  While continuing to provide patient care at Mission and Pardee hospitals, BRBJ is expanding its tradition of consistently offering the citizens of Western North Carolina the highest level of musculoskeletal care.

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Provider-Led and Patient-Centered Care, LLC

December 7, 2015

North Carolina’s largest health systems announce a collaboration to investigate development of a provider-led and owned Medicaid only Prepaid Health Plan

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Dr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House

November 30, 2015

Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh

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Buncombe Project Access Referrals to Smoky Mountain Mental Health Services

November 30, 2015

If you are a primary care or specialty care physician who volunteers for Project Access, and your PA patients need mental health care services, you can refer them to Smoky Mountain for both emergency/crisis AND routine appointments.

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Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program

November 13, 2015

Offering breast & cervical exams, pap smears, mammograms, blood pressure & cholesterol screenings, health cousneling & education.

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Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015

November 9, 2015

In order to avoid a penalty under the Meaningful Use program, eligible professionals must attest that they met the requirements for MU Stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015. However, CMS did not publish the Modifications Rule for Stage 2 of MU until October 16, 2015 – meaning that by the time eligible professionals were informed of the requirements, fewer than the 90 required days for reporting remained in the calendar year.

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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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Alert from BCDH: Acute Flaccid Myelitis

October 26, 2015

Please see this memo from the NC Division of Public Health re: identification, management and reporting of cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

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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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Breast Cancer Screening is Key to Saving Lives!

October 23, 2015

Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years. Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, BCHHS Medical Director says, “Regardless of family history of cancer or risk factors, all women should be screened for breast cancer.” 

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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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ACA Open Enrollment November 7th

October 22, 2015

We’ve Got You Covered in Western North Carolina

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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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Meaningful Use Regulation

October 16, 2015

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a series of final rules on the Meaningful Use (MU) program. These rules outline the program requirements for a Modified Stage 2, Stage 3, and a new edition of certified technology.

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Concierge Medicine: Is it right for you? For your patients?

October 13, 2015

What are your thoughts about concierge medicine? In this post, we take a close look at this evolving model, its history, and public reaction.

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