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Public Health Advisory: Increasing Early Syphilis Cases in North Carolina

May 14, 2015

Early syphilis infections in North Carolina continue to rise. Compared to the same time period in 2014, early syphilis cases in the first 3 months of 2015 increased by 56%.

Due to this substantial increase in early syphilis infections, we are asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to your patients.  New syphilis infections are primarily occurring among men, especially men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive individuals. Enhancing STI prevention services to these patients may efficiently address the rise in early syphilis infections and improve the health of our fellow North Carolinians.

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This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox

May 11, 2015

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox
The N.C. General Assembly feels otherwise.

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On Your Own or Part of a Larger Healthcare System?

May 6, 2015

"Should I open or retain my own private practice or become part of a larger healthcare system?" That’s the question I’ve heard from ten physicians over the past six months. I’ve written this newsletter to help you assess your own readiness. One size doesn’t fit all. Only you can decide. That decision will significantly impact tasks that need to be done with respect to organization and management, financial management, managing staff and external resources, maintaining quality and outcomes, and compliance.

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WCMS STANDS AGAINST HOUSE BILL 465: “Clarify & Modify Certain Abortion Laws”

April 30, 2015

The Western Carolina Medical Society opposes HB 465. The bill is a direct assault on patient access to care, patient safety, patient privacy, and physician training.

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Drs. Chand and Thakuri’s Update on Nepal Earthquake and How You Can Help

April 30, 2015

As you know Nepal was  hit by an earthquake of epic proportion. The earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015, measured 7.9 on the Richter scale,  at a depth of approximately 9 miles (which is considered shallow and therefore more damaging).

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Survey Results - How Will the 3% Medicaid Cut Affect Your Practice?

April 29, 2015

Here are the results from the WCMS surveywhich was included in the April 20 publication of Vital Signs.

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Ice Cream Recall Issued by Blue Bell due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination”

April 27, 2015

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Suggested framework for medical management of persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis who are exposed to Listeria monocytogenes

April 27, 2015

Outbreak investigations or routine monitoring of food production and processing facilities may lead to identification and recall of a food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In these situations, persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis may seek medical care because of concern that they have been exposed to to L. monocytogenes.

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Update on 3% Medicaid recoupment

April 16, 2015

We have received further information regarding the 3% Medicaid rate cut as it applies retroactively to payments for dates of service going back to 1/1/2014.

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SGR Repeal Passes Senate

April 16, 2015

In a historic decision Tuesday night, the Senate voted to pass H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act”, which permanently repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

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Heartstrings Press Release

April 15, 2015

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings fundraiser to help fund the WCMS Foundation. To celebrate its 13th year, Heartstrings is turning up the fun with a weekend Family Fun Event. 

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CarePartners opens Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

April 14, 2015

CarePartners, a local nonprofit health organization and affiliate of Mission Health, has announced the opening of its PACE Center. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid option that provides community-based care and services to people age 55 or older who otherwise might need to move to a skilled nursing facility.

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Immunizations Work! The Invisible Threat Movie Screening in Buncombe County

April 13, 2015

Buncombe County has an alarming number of children who are not getting immunized based on a religious exemption. This means that parents can refuse immunizations for their children based on a non-medical reason. Buncombe County’s exemption rate is almost 5 times higher than the state average and has been climbing steadily for many years.

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MAHEC Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Minority Medical Mentoring Program

April 9, 2015

The MMMP began in the fall of 2005 as a high school internship for under-represented minorities with an interest in practicing medicine. The overarching goals of MMMP is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities training and practicing in WNC, enhanced quality of care (prevention & wellness) as a result of increased workforce diversity and achieve increased levels of health parity for populations of color in WNC.

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Letter from the WCMS Foundation Board Chair, Kate Queen, MD

April 9, 2015

Since its creation in 1996, Project Access has inspired physicians and community partners to donate their services, without compensation, to help those who do not have access to quality care. However in this era of rapid change, Project Access is being challenged to re-invent its role. In the setting of new systems of care, waning financial support and new opportunities for health insurance coverage, Project Access is embarking on a process of redefinition and revitalization.

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