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Department of Health and Human Services Review of Medicaid Reform Report and Section 1115 Waiver Application

March 9, 2016

View the Powerpoint presentation from NC Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Medicaid Reform Plan Offers a North Carolina Solution

March 1, 2016

Press Release Medicaid Reform Plan Offers a North Carolina Solution Plan seeks to achieve better patient outcomes, high quality care, increased budget predictability FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (919) 814-2100 Tuesday, March 1, 2016 govpress@nc.gov

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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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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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Letter from WCMS Member Dr. Harald Kowa to NCGA Senators & Representatives

September 14, 2015

"As I have explained in a previous email, competition between PLEs (Physician Led Entities) and MCOs (Managed Care/Cash Organizations) is not possible.  PLEs provide medical and mental health services to individuals, and MCOs take money from individuals and set up administrative filters to prevent money from flowing back out to patient care."

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WCMS Legislative Priorities, June 2015

June 4, 2015

Based on multiple discussions with NCMS, meetings with legislators, and Board review, WCMS is currently focusing on these legislative priorities, which may change in the ensuing weeks as these issues are moving targets.

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WCMS' Current Legislative Priorities 5/14/15

May 14, 2015

Based on multiple discussions with NCMS, meetings with legislators, and Board review, WCMS is currently focusing on these legislative priorities, which may change in the ensuing weeks as these issues are moving targets. Please contact Miriam@mywcms.org if you have questions or if you would like to get involved in advocacy.

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This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox

May 11, 2015

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: This is my Exam Room, Not Your Soapbox
The N.C. General Assembly feels otherwise.

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WCMS STANDS AGAINST HOUSE BILL 465: “Clarify & Modify Certain Abortion Laws”

April 30, 2015

The Western Carolina Medical Society opposes HB 465. The bill is a direct assault on patient access to care, patient safety, patient privacy, and physician training.

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Survey Results - How Will the 3% Medicaid Cut Affect Your Practice?

April 29, 2015

Here are the results from the WCMS surveywhich was included in the April 20 publication of Vital Signs.

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From NCMS: STOP the 14 month retroactive taking of payments from Medicaid's doctors

February 24, 2015

In 2013, the NC General Assembly included a 3% “withhold” for all Medicaid services with the intention of using that money as the foundation of a shared-savings program with providers.

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2014 Mid-Term Election Results

November 5, 2014

The 2014 mid-term elections have come and gone.  What does that mean for Western North Carolina?

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2013-2014 Voting Records on Key Healthcare Issues

October 15, 2014

There were some important healthcare bills voted on during the 2013-2014 legislative session.  This is an explanation of WCMS' position on each bill and how WNC Senators & Representatives voted on said bills.

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Remember to Vote!

October 10, 2014

Do you know all the races where you are eligible to vote?  Do you know about all or even many of the candidates who are running?

If you don't have good answers to those questions, go to the Board of Elections website.

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WCMS Conducting a Virtual Candidate Forum

September 20, 2014

WCMS is conducting a virtual candidate forum to gather responses from NC State House & Senate candidates on important healthcare topics.

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