Health Alert from Buncombe County HHS: Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza info

September 2, 2015

HPAI viruses were first identified in birds in the US in December 2014 and have infected wild birds and poultry in multiple states since that time. No human infections with these viruses have been detected in the US, although similar avian influenza viruses have infected people in other countries. 

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Get Ready Now: Assess How ICD-10 Will Affect Your Practice

August 31, 2015

With ICD-10 just 30 days away, now is the time to get ready. You can make sure your practice is prepared by following the ABCs of ICD-10

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ICD-10 Implementation Tips and Reimbursement Updates from JPS

August 26, 2015

Some important notes for ICD-10 Transition and Implementation

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What Project Access Means to Me…

August 26, 2015

“I feel strongly that it is my responsibility as a physician to take care of the people in our community, even if they are uninsured or don't have the means to pay. Project Access helps these patients in need, get plugged in with the appropriate physicians.”

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Four Seasons Pilots Medicare Reform through Innovative Community Palliative Care Model

August 25, 2015

In collaboration with the Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton, Four Seasons will test a new model for community-based palliative care across the continuum of care spanning in-patient and outpatient settings. 

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WCMS Endorses Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Form for use in WNC

August 17, 2015

Our region’s health care providers and physicians have galvanized to ensure that patient home care occurs and is documented according to CMS guidelines. A group of WNC hospital-based home health agencies created a standardized face- to- face document.

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New Immunization Requirements for School Aged Children

August 13, 2015

Buncombe County Health and Human Services wants parents in Buncombe County to know that there are new immunization requirements for school aged children in North Carolina.

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Health Alert: Possible heroin mixed with clenbuterol

August 6, 2015

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) is currently investigating 18 cases of illness potentially due to use of heroin mixed with clenbuterol. Reported cases are from four counties (Durham, Lee, Orange, and Wake). The source of the clenbuterol-contaminated heroin is suspected to be in Durham County.

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Local Medical Charity Project Access® Awarded $500,000 Grant by The Duke Endowment

July 14, 2015

ASHEVILLE. N.C. (June 24, 2015) – Together with Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMS Foundation), Mission Foundation today announced it has been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to cover funding shortfalls in WCMS Foundation’s Project Access® charity medical care program. Project Access® offers access to free healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Buncombe County. 

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CMS Begins Implementation of Key Payment Legislation

July 9, 2015

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Medicare Proposes Paying for Discussions on End-of-Life Care

July 8, 2015

This new policy, announced Wednesday, comes at a time when patients, families and health providers are placing greater emphasis on allowing people to choose the way they die – whether that means trying every possible medical option to stay alive or discontinuing life support for those who do not want to be sustained by ventilators and feeding tubes.

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CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10

July 6, 2015

With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, CMS and AMA are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline

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Heartstrings Press Release

June 25, 2015

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings fundraiser to help fund the WCMS Foundation. To celebrate its 13th year, Heartstrings turned up the fun with a weekend Family Fun Event.  Heartstrings, presented by Quest Diagnostics, was held on Saturday May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th at Carrier Park as part of Asheville’s popular Mountain Sports Festival.

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Letter from the WCMS President, Robert Henderson MD (June 2015)

June 15, 2015

"We Take Care of Our Own".  The prevalence of symptomatic burnout is staggeringly high in practicing physicians. To make things worse, most healthcare workplaces completely fail to acknowledge stress, burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed among physicians.  

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WCMS Legislative Priorities, June 2015

June 4, 2015

Based on multiple discussions with NCMS, meetings with legislators, and Board review, WCMS is currently focusing on these legislative priorities, which may change in the ensuing weeks as these issues are moving targets.

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