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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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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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Message from the Foundation Board Chair

February 21, 2017

"As I begin my Chairmanship of the WCMS Foundation at the same time that our country struggles with the creation of  a “post-affordable care act,” it is my goal that our Foundation not just adapt but adapt well in this sea of change."

C. Britt Peterson
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair

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CMS Awards Approximately $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program

February 21, 2017

CMS News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2017
Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries
 

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

February 16, 2017

CMS News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017
Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries

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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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Immigration Enforcement: Preparations for Employers

February 14, 2017

By:  Caitlin M. Poe

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Protect Your Teen: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 13, 2017

As a parent, you would do anything to protect your child from violence but the reality is that teen dating violence impacts almost 1.5 million high school students, according to the CDC. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average. (Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice and Statistics) February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and it is an opportunity to reach out to teens to let them know that real love means respect.

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ACP Update on Executive Order and U.S. Immigration Policy

February 6, 2017

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is deeply concerned about the recent executive order restricting immigration from certain countries, including refugees and those who already hold visas for entry into the U.S.

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N.C. School-Based Telehealth Program Grows Into National Model

February 3, 2017

In its sixth year of providing school-based care via telehealth in four counties of North Carolina, the nonprofit Center for Rural Health Innovation’s Health-e-Schools program has grown into a national model. What started as a pilot in three rural schools in the Appalachian Mountains has grown to 33 schools in four counties.

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Immigrant Rights and Resources

February 1, 2017

Right now there is a lot of focus at a national level on immigrants. We at WIN are not lawyers or experts on the rights of immigrants and we cannot provide legal advice, but we want to reiterate that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to everyone in the United States, whether they are citizens, tourist visa holders, green card holders, immigrants with refugee status, undocumented immigrants, or any other status.

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Personalized Medicine at Mission Health

January 25, 2017

Personalized Medicine offers a scientific, individually guided approach to improve the health of individuals and our population.

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Viscosupplements for OA of the Knee: May Provide the Relief to Keep you Going

January 24, 2017

Are you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis that is keeping you from participating in the activities you love? 

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Lessons of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

January 18, 2017

"But after prescribing opioids to millions of patients for noncancer pain, we have learned the following: These medications ARE addictive. One third of patients prescribed opioids for 2 months or more — just 2 months — become addicted or dependent on the medications."

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