March 24, 2017
On March 22nd, CEO Miriam Schwarz and five politically fired-up WCMS physicians (L-R in picture: Drs. Samantha Read-Smith and Mark McNeill, Sen. Chuck Edwards, CEO Miriam Schwarz, Drs. Scott Langford, MaryShell Zaffino, and Mike Parmer,) traveled to Raleigh to meet with WNC legislators.
March 23, 2017
WCMS supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, with important modifications, such as (but not limited to):
July 4, 2016
On 7/4/16, the WCMS Association's Executive Committee of the Board issued a statement regarding gun violence.
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.
March 28, 2016
The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) urges the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to use the regulatory process to define which Chapter 58 insurance protections will be made available under the reformed Medicaid program. Relying on the individual plan contracting processes to accomplish this goal will result in harm to patients, unfair competition, the inability to compare plans with objective metrics as plans will not be playing by the same rules and a lack of transparency. These protections are in place to protect patients and were put into law because the contracts in use at the time were deficient. The Department must ensure these protections will be provided in an open, transparent and consistent manner.
March 10, 2016
To highlight the important points contained in the state’s draft Medicaid reform waiver application presented last week by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice, North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) staff has thoroughly reviewed the document and written this summary. The draft application must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in order to implement the Medicaid reforms adopted by the NC General Assembly last fall.
March 9, 2016
View the Powerpoint presentation from NC Department of Health and Human Services.
March 1, 2016
Press Release Medicaid Reform Plan Offers a North Carolina Solution Plan seeks to achieve better patient outcomes, high quality care, increased budget predictability FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (919) 814-2100 Tuesday, March 1, 2016 email@example.com
November 30, 2015
Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh
November 9, 2015
In order to avoid a penalty under the Meaningful Use program, eligible professionals must attest that they met the requirements for MU Stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015. However, CMS did not publish the Modifications Rule for Stage 2 of MU until October 16, 2015 – meaning that by the time eligible professionals were informed of the requirements, fewer than the 90 required days for reporting remained in the calendar year.
September 14, 2015
"As I have explained in a previous email, competition between PLEs (Physician Led Entities) and MCOs (Managed Care/Cash Organizations) is not possible. PLEs provide medical and mental health services to individuals, and MCOs take money from individuals and set up administrative filters to prevent money from flowing back out to patient care."
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.
May 14, 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. Please contact Miriam@mywcms.org if you have questions or if you would like to get involved in advocacy.
May 11, 2015
From the Asheville Citizen-Times: This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox
The N.C. General Assembly feels otherwise.
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.