Happy Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act: A primer on working with patients who have hearing impairments

February 22, 2016

The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 in 2015! This landmark bill has helped an untold number of permanently and temporarily disabled people participate in and benefit from services and employment opportunities. Most medical providers are well aware of what accommodations to make to ensure equal access to people with mobility impairments, but less certain about what accommodations to make for people with hearing impairments. So let’s take the 25th anniversary of this history bill to talk about it!

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BCDH Health Update: Zika Virus

February 10, 2016

The NC Division of Public Health just today sent out guidance pertaining to Zika virus diagnosis, management and reporting. 

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Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Care Options

February 4, 2016

"We are very excited to announce a number of changes focused on enhancing experiences with BRBJ.  A major step is our adding a satellite office in Arden/Fletcher."

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BCDH Health Alert: Severe Influenza Illness Reported in US

February 1, 2016

Please see the health advisory regarding severe respiratory illnesses reported to CDC among young to middle-aged adults with influenza A/H1N1 infections. 

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BCDH Health Alert: Zika Virus

January 27, 2016

The CDC has released interim guidelines for health care providers in the US caring for patients, including pregnant women and their infants, who may be affected by Zika virus.

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Innovations in Medicine: Synergy Health Solutions

January 19, 2016

An interview with Dr. Gus Vickery

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Employers and the ACA

January 18, 2016

Check out these informative articles by WCMS Circle of Friends partner, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA.  

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Meaningful Use Program Officially Shelved

January 16, 2016

"We are now in the process of ending meaningful use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) implementation. The meaningful use program, as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better."

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AllCare Clinical Associates Featured in Medical Group Management Association Report

December 16, 2015

The MGMA report highlights medical practices that have demonstrated superior performance in cost management, productivity, capacity and staffing, and patient satisfaction. 

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Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Hospital Care Options

December 15, 2015

The BRBJ physicians and staff sincerely welcome the opportunity to work with Park Ridge Health (PRH).  While continuing to provide patient care at Mission and Pardee hospitals, BRBJ is expanding its tradition of consistently offering the citizens of Western North Carolina the highest level of musculoskeletal care.

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Provider-Led and Patient-Centered Care, LLC

December 7, 2015

North Carolina’s largest health systems announce a collaboration to investigate development of a provider-led and owned Medicaid only Prepaid Health Plan

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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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Buncombe Project Access Referrals to Smoky Mountain Mental Health Services

November 30, 2015

If you are a primary care or specialty care physician who volunteers for Project Access, and your PA patients need mental health care services, you can refer them to Smoky Mountain for both emergency/crisis AND routine appointments.

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Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program

November 13, 2015

Offering breast & cervical exams, pap smears, mammograms, blood pressure & cholesterol screenings, health cousneling & education.

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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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