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AMA Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule

June 29, 2016

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Project Access Smoky Mountain Update

June 23, 2016

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. 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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Public Health Update from BCHHS: Zika Pregnancy Registry Provider Memo

June 21, 2016

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Hospital Language Access is a Matter of Life or Death

June 20, 2016

Approximately 25 million people in the United States are defined as being Limited English Proficient or LEP. A LEP person cannot speak, read, write, or understand the English language at a level that permits them to interact effectively with English speakers. Hospital administrators often feel burdened by the expense of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The perception is that these services are an empty cost for hospitals. However, the truth is that it actually saves them money. How? It reduces waste represented by overtreatment and medical errors.

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Project Access All Souls Counseling Update

June 20, 2016

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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Governor McCrory Signs Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Legislation

June 20, 2016

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FAQ: Medicare Lays Out Plans For Changing Doctors’ Pay

June 17, 2016

Federal officials have unveiled their roadmap to a revamped Medicare physician payment system designed to reward doctors and other clinicians for the quality of care delivered, rather than the quantity.

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Public Webinar: Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

June 17, 2016

The CDC will be hosting a seven-part webinar series about the Guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, which will begin on Wednesday, June 22nd at 2:00pm EDT

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Letter to Legislators Protesting the Sunsetting of NC Licensures for ASL Interpreters

June 8, 2016

It is my understanding that your committee is considering the sunsetting of the NCITLB – the licensing board which guarantees minimum standards of those who  provide interpreter services for the deaf under the federally required ADA law. As both a sign language interpreter and a program administrator who coordinates interpreter services in the medical field, I can attest to the fact that when a patient is not given a qualified interpreter, their health and safety are in jeopardy.

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AMA Statement on VA Proposed Rule on Advanced Practice Nurses

May 26, 2016

Statement attributable to: Stephen R. Permut, M.D., J.D., Board Chair, American Medical Association

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NC Zika Guidance Update

May 25, 2016

Updated information from Buncombe County Health Department. 

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MACRA Impact on Small Practices

May 16, 2016

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Mosquitoes in Buncombe County: Key Points & Simple Steps

May 10, 2016

We need your help to keep people in our community safe from mosquito borne illness. Please read the important information below and help us spread the word about mosquito prevention so that we can Fight the Bite!  

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Public Health alert from BCHHS: Increase in reports of varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

May 3, 2016

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Announcement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 2, 2016

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