In the News This Week…

Perdue to sign state worker health plan deal, 5-20-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

Associated Press writer Gary D. Robertson reports on a compromise bill adopted by the General Assembly for the state workers health plan.

Eroding a doctor-patient relationship, 5-19-11, The News and Observer

Op-ed by Raleigh neurologist Gregory M. Bertics, MD, about the impact of a bill that would change the state workers’ compensation system. 

N.C. should not license professional midwives, 5-18-11, Durham Herald-Sun

Op-ed by Haywood L. Brown, MD, president-elect of the NC Obstetrics and Gynecology Society on legislation currently being considered by the N.C. General Assembly. 

Health benefits exchange advances, 5-18-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Craig Jarvis reports on efforts by NC House GOP members to create a bill to establish a Health Benefits Exchange Authority.

Report: Employers to see 2012 medical costs jump, 5-18-11, Forbes/Associated Press

AP writer Tom Murphy reports that health care costs are expected to rise in 2012, and more companies will ask their employees to pay deductibles for in-network care.

Rex enlists help from patients, doctors to block WakeMed bid, 5-16-11, Blogs

Writer Alan M. Wolf reports on efforts by Raleigh-based Rex Health Care to counter an acquisition bid by rival WakeMed.

 Asheville doctor walks the walk on wellness, 5-16-11, Citizen-Times (Asheville)

Writer Casey Blake profiles NCMS member Victoria Morehouse, MD, in the first of a series of profiles of Asheville physicians who live and promote healthy lifestyles.

Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions from Health Law, 5-15-11, The New York Times

Writer Robert Pear examines the challenges faced by nursing homes when it comes to health insurance for employees.

Doctors often struggle to show compassion while dealing with patients, 5-16-11, The Washington Post

Infectious disease specialist Manoj Jain, MD, of Memphis, TN, writes about the difficulty physicians can have in showing compassion to their patients.

CMS to issue first Medicare EHR incentive payments this week, 5-18-11, Modern Healthcare

Writer Christine LaFave Grace reports on the first CMS payments to providers that have met State 1 meaningful-use requirements under the Medicare EHR incentive program.


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