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Opioid and Pain CME Opportunities and Project ECHO for Medication Assisted Treatment

August 8, 2017

In the state North Carolina, 17 of our western 23 counties ranked among the top for fatal overdoses in 2014, and all but 5 counties had higher-than-average rates of opioid pills prescribed per resident. To respond MAHEC is providing Treating Pain Safer CME, which meets the Controlled Substances CME requirement, and training to increase the number of providers offering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders.

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Introducing The Healthy Healer: WCMS' New Services Promote Wellness and Prevent Burnout!

July 12, 2017

If any of  these statistics below resonate with you, click here to learn about our new Healthy Healer Program, featuring discounted, discreet, confidential therapy and coaching services to WCMS members via experienced professionals whom we've personally vetted. Take action now and get help for yourself and your colleagues. We are here to help you be your best self!

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Project Access Receives Three-Year Funding Award from The Duke Endowment

July 5, 2017

Together with Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS), Mission Health today announced it has been awarded a $750,000 grant over three years from The Duke Endowment to support and expand WCMS’ Project Access charity care program.

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Project Access Pharmacy Update

July 5, 2017

Due to an unpredicted and unprecedented increase in medication costs for PA over the past 18 months, a Medication Committee was formed to explore ways in which to lower costs while continuing to be advocates for our PA patients with their medication needs. Also, during this time, the opioid addiction and crisis issues in the Nation and more personally, in our community, have increased significantly.

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Alert from Dr. Mullendore with Buncombe County DHHS Regarding Zika Testing

June 7, 2017

In 2016, 98 travel-associated cases of Zika virus disease were reported in NC. As of 5/17/17, there have been 3 cases reported in NC in 2017.

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Message from Association President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino

May 9, 2017

Message from Association President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino

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Notice to Student Athletes: Addiction

May 4, 2017

The danger of addiction is closer than you think...

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Public Health Provider Alert from BCHHS: Please be on the lookout for Mumps

April 13, 2017

A student at Appalachian State was recently diagnosed with mumps. At this time, no additional cases of mumps have been identified in NC that are connected with this case.

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Deadline extended - Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership

March 30, 2017

2017 Request for applications

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WCMS Physician Dream Team Goes to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday

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.

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A Message of Support to Interpreters from WCMS Board Presidents

March 24, 2017

Dear Interpreters,

Recently some of you reported to WIN that you and the patients you interpret for have been experiencing harassment and bullying in our waiting rooms. These incidents have been reported to the CEO, Miriam Schwarz, who in turn shared the information with her WCMS Boards.

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Diversity Flyer

March 23, 2017

In light of recent events of discrimination towards staff and other patients at various practices, (see the Citizen Times article on the topic) WCMS created a multilingual flyer for practices to print and display as needed. This message is in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Moldavian.

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Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis

March 1, 2017

On February 28th,  physicians representing 11 different health care systems, hospitals, and FQHCs met to discuss what physicians are doing across WNC to address the opioid crisis.

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Public Health Alert for Providers from BCHHS: Increase in Reports of Varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

February 22, 2017

Buncombe County Health and Human Services recently has seen an increase in varicella cases in some local schools. While varicella is not a reportable disease, outbreaks are common and we work with school nurses and school administrators to prevent further spread, especially to vulnerable populations.

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Providers and the Community Response to Opioids

February 14, 2017

Last month we explored the reasons for the opioid crisis and the serious potential for addiction with the use of opioids.  As providers, we have become acutely aware of the crisis because of the exponential rate of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths in our community.

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