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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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N.C. School-Based Telehealth Program Grows Into National Model

February 3, 2017

In its sixth year of providing school-based care via telehealth in four counties of North Carolina, the nonprofit Center for Rural Health Innovation’s Health-e-Schools program has grown into a national model. What started as a pilot in three rural schools in the Appalachian Mountains has grown to 33 schools in four counties.

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Immigrant Rights and Resources

February 1, 2017

Right now there is a lot of focus at a national level on immigrants. We at WIN are not lawyers or experts on the rights of immigrants and we cannot provide legal advice, but we want to reiterate that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to everyone in the United States, whether they are citizens, tourist visa holders, green card holders, immigrants with refugee status, undocumented immigrants, or any other status.

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Personalized Medicine at Mission Health

January 25, 2017

Personalized Medicine offers a scientific, individually guided approach to improve the health of individuals and our population.

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Viscosupplements for OA of the Knee: May Provide the Relief to Keep you Going

January 24, 2017

Are you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis that is keeping you from participating in the activities you love? 

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Lessons of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

January 18, 2017

"But after prescribing opioids to millions of patients for noncancer pain, we have learned the following: These medications ARE addictive. One third of patients prescribed opioids for 2 months or more — just 2 months — become addicted or dependent on the medications."

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Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Receives Anonymous Donation from The Community Foundation of WNC to Help Uninsured Cancer Patients

January 11, 2017

An anonymous fund at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is designated for nonprofits to support unmet medical needs across the region, with a preference for programs serving cancer patients.  This distribution to Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation supports Project Access’s care for cancer patients including medications, durable medical equipment, navigational services, transportation vouchers, interpreters and other wrap-around services.

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WCMS Interpreter Network Receives Grant to Provide Language Services to Rural Counties

January 3, 2017

Grant funded interpreter services will now be available for providers seeing low income, uninsured patients in Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey Counties! The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded Western Carolina Medical Society’s Interpreter Network (WIN) with a $20,000 People In Need Grant for 2017 to support the providers who donate care to low income and uninsured people in rural counties.

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Health Alert for Providers from BCHHS: Increased Flu Activity & 1st Buncombe County Flu Death of Season

December 29, 2016

Influenza activity increased in NC during the week ending 12/24/16. Flu is now widespread across the state. 

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DEA Reverses Announced Change to Registration Renewal Process

December 21, 2016

We recently alerted the Federation to a notice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that effective January 1, 2017, the DEA was changing its long-standing policy of allowing a grace period for registrants who failed to file a timely renewal application. 

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A Change in Policy Regarding Physician Burnout by the NC Medical Board

December 19, 2016

Previously, I shared with you my experience of meeting with the widow of a North Carolina physician who committed suicide last year, a victim of burnout. As you recall I discussed three factors which contributed to his death. One of those was his fear of seeking assistance due to possible negative repercussions with the state licensing board.

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Significant Change to DEA Registration Renewal Process

December 13, 2016

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Harris Cardiology opening at Harris Regional Hospital January 9

December 13, 2016

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The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

December 12, 2016

A New Survey Describes Scope of Problem - FIVE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE FOUNDATIONS IDENTIFY PROMISING APPROACHES FOR TREATING PATIENTS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS

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