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Congressional Budget Office Scoring of American Health Care Act

March 14, 2017

Late yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the attached report providing its estimates of the impact the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would have on federal spending, the health insurance market, and the number of Americans with health care coverage.  Below is a top line summary of the report, as well as the AMA’s statement in response.

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Important Policy Announcement from the N.C. OB-GYN Society

March 13, 2017

As you may know, I am the current President of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. I am writing with important news about a recent change in the Society’s policy concerning physician supervision of Certified Nurse Midwives.

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From AMA: American Health Care Act

March 13, 2017

American Health Care Act
Summary of Key Provisions, as introduced on March 6, 2017

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AMA says American Health Care Act is Critically Flawed

March 9, 2017

AMA says American Health Care Act is Critically Flawed; Points to Reductions in Insurance Coverage, Potential Harm to Vulnerable Patient Populations

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Physicians' Voice in the News: Cutting Colorectal Cancer Risk

March 8, 2017

When it comes to our health, we often can feel overwhelmed or confused about the diseases our doctors attempt to explain. Even the most in-depth internet search can lead you to conflicting information and can cause frustration.

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Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis

March 1, 2017

On February 28th,  physicians representing 11 different health care systems, hospitals, and FQHCs met to discuss what physicians are doing across WNC to address the opioid crisis.

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Public Health Alert for Providers from BCHHS: Increase in Reports of Varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

February 22, 2017

Buncombe County Health and Human Services recently has seen an increase in varicella cases in some local schools. While varicella is not a reportable disease, outbreaks are common and we work with school nurses and school administrators to prevent further spread, especially to vulnerable populations.

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Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

February 22, 2017

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to the patient of the nature and import of the arbitration agreement before or at the time it was presented to the patient for signature.

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Message from the Foundation Board Chair

February 21, 2017

"As I begin my Chairmanship of the WCMS Foundation at the same time that our country struggles with the creation of  a “post-affordable care act,” it is my goal that our Foundation not just adapt but adapt well in this sea of change."

C. Britt Peterson
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair

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CMS Awards Approximately $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program

February 21, 2017

CMS News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2017
Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries
 

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

February 16, 2017

CMS News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017
Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries

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Providers and the Community Response to Opioids

February 14, 2017

Last month we explored the reasons for the opioid crisis and the serious potential for addiction with the use of opioids.  As providers, we have become acutely aware of the crisis because of the exponential rate of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths in our community.

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Immigration Enforcement: Preparations for Employers

February 14, 2017

By:  Caitlin M. Poe

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Protect Your Teen: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 13, 2017

As a parent, you would do anything to protect your child from violence but the reality is that teen dating violence impacts almost 1.5 million high school students, according to the CDC. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average. (Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice and Statistics) February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and it is an opportunity to reach out to teens to let them know that real love means respect.

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ACP Update on Executive Order and U.S. Immigration Policy

February 6, 2017

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is deeply concerned about the recent executive order restricting immigration from certain countries, including refugees and those who already hold visas for entry into the U.S.

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