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2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

July 17, 2017

An initial summary of the Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule is below for your information. 

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CDC: Opioid prescriptions remain high despite recent decline

July 12, 2017

NBC Nightly News (7/6, story 7, 1:50, Guthrie) reported, “As this country battles the opioid drug crisis, the CDC reported today that far too many people are still being prescribed those highly addictive” pain medications “and for too long.

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A Burnout Epidemic: 25 Notes on Physician Burnout in the US

July 12, 2017

Here are 25 things to know about physician burnout.

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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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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: Vectorborne Disease Updates

July 10, 2017

Please review the attached memos from the NC Division of Public Health on common vectorborne infections in NC. Per NC law, health care providers are required to report all suspected or confirmed cases of the following infections to public health within 7 days by contacting their local health department .

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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: CDC Advisory About Invasive Meningococcal Disease

July 10, 2017

From the CDC: Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination

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Pardee Innovative Practice Interview

July 6, 2017

Pardee Hospital physicians, Dr. David Ellis, MD (Chief Medical Officer) and Dr. Scott Donaldson, MD (Chief of Staff) were interviewed on May 23rd with regard to the hospital’s actions to tackle the opioid crisis.

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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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The AMA Strongly Opposes the Senate’s Health-reform Proposal

June 27, 2017

A lot of big numbers have been tossed around in the days since Senate leaders unveiled a “discussion draft” of legislation—dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA)—that would dramatically reshape how our country’s health system is financed.

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From National Rural Health Association: Senate Releases Health Care Reform Bill

June 22, 2017

The Senate released their version of the House passed American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

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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 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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Innovative Care at Surgical Specialists of Carolina

May 17, 2017

Innovations at Surgical Specialists of North Carolina

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Cyber-alert from the AMA

May 15, 2017

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has received multiple reports of ‘WannaCry’ (also known as ‘WannaCrypt’) ransomware infections in several countries around the world and in the United States.  Some of these infections are impacting patient access to care. 

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