2017 Recipient of the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship Selected

September 15, 2017

WCMS is pleased to announce that Asheville High School student Justin Sech has been awarded the scholarship. Justin is an excellent student eager to continue his education and well-deserving of this award.

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Vaya, MAHEC Make Opioid Overdose-Reversal Kits Available to Buncombe County Schools

September 6, 2017

Buncombe County Schools are now better prepared to prevent fatal overdoses on campus thanks to collaborative efforts by Vaya Health, MAHEC and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.


On Wednesday, September 6, Lieutenant Mike Ruby of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office delivered opioid overdose-reversal kits and training to student resource officers for more than 14 Buncombe County middle and high schools in Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe, Owen, Reynolds, and Roberson school districts.

Each kit contains two doses of NARCAN® nasal spray, the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone, which can be administered by student resource officers and school nurses for emergency treatment of a suspected opioid overdose. These kits were made possible through a state grant to Vaya Health, a regional public managed healthcare organization.

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BCHHS Public Health: Infections Associated With Tattoos by Unpermitted Tattoo Artists

August 30, 2017

Clinicians are encouraged to take the following actions when caring for an individual with a recent tattoo:

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MedServe Fellows Can Help You and Your Practice Thrive!

August 29, 2017

WCMS strives to keep our members “in the know” when it comes to valuable resources for our members! When we learned about MedServe, a unique educational pipeline program created by UNC Medical School graduates, we knew it was something that we wanted to share with you.

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Message from the Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Britt Peterson

May 31, 2017

"Regardless of one’s political stance for or against certain immigration policies, we believe there are basic rules of decency that apply to everyone in the United States, whether they are citizens, green card holders, immigrants with refugee status, undocumented immigrants, tourist visa holders, or any other status.  This is particularly true in health care settings where people are in need of a safe place to heal from illness."

C. Britt Peterson, MD
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair

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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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WCMS Executive Committee of the Board Votes to Support HB 662

April 25, 2017

Carolina Cares Letter of Support

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Physicians' Voice in the News: How Opioid Crisis Affects Our Healthcare

April 5, 2017

3 Article Series in Citizen Times

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MedServe Program Overview

March 30, 2017

MedServe Program Overview

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Deadline extended - Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership

March 30, 2017

2017 Request for applications

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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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Here's Why Deaf People Hate the Medical Community

March 22, 2017

Recently a member of the local Deaf community shared an article with WCSM regarding some of the challenges that Deaf people face in care settings. It's short and informative article that helps hearing people understand things from the Deaf perspective.

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AMA says American Health Care Act is Critically Flawed

March 9, 2017

AMA says American Health Care Act is Critically Flawed; Points to Reductions in Insurance Coverage, Potential Harm to Vulnerable Patient Populations

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Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

February 22, 2017

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to the patient of the nature and import of the arbitration agreement before or at the time it was presented to the patient for signature.

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