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WCMS Issues Statement on Gun Violence

July 4, 2016

On 7/4/16, the WCMS Association's Executive Committee of the Board issued a statement regarding gun violence.

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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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North Carolina Medicaid Waiver Proposal: Talking Points for Physicians

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.

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NCMS Summarizes Medicaid Reform Draft Waiver

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.

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Department of Health and Human Services Review of Medicaid Reform Report and Section 1115 Waiver Application

March 9, 2016

View the Powerpoint presentation from NC Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Medicaid Reform Plan Offers a North Carolina Solution

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 govpress@nc.gov

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Dr. Frank Moretz to Run for NC House

November 30, 2015

Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh

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Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015

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.

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Letter from WCMS Member Dr. Harald Kowa to NCGA Senators & Representatives

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."

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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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WCMS' Current Legislative Priorities 5/14/15

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.

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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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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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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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From NCMS: STOP the 14 month retroactive taking of payments from Medicaid's doctors

February 24, 2015

In 2013, the NC General Assembly included a 3% “withhold” for all Medicaid services with the intention of using that money as the foundation of a shared-savings program with providers.

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