In the News This Week…

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House votes to override three Perdue vetoes, 7-26-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Lynn Bonner reports on the NC House voting to override three vetoes by Governor Perdue, including SB 33—Medical Liability Reforms, allowing those measures to become law. 

When Nurses Make Mistakes, 7-6-11, The New York Times

Nurse and author Theresa Brown, RN, recounts her experience with medical error and the challenge it poses to those in the medical profession. This article also appeared in the Charlotte Observer and The News and Observer.

Health care providers embracing cost-saving groups, 7-25-11, USA Today

Writer Kelly Kennedy reports on how physicians and other health care providers are embracing accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents, 7-25-11, The News and Observer, Associated Press

AP business writer Linda A. Johnson reports on a list of prescription drugs that will be replaced with generic brands starting this fall.

Humana giving $10 million in payments to doctors for quality improvement, 7-20-11, Business Journal of the Triad

Writer Steve Ivey reports that Humana, Inc. has begun distributing nearly $10 million to physicians for performance improvements made during 2010.

Duke Lifepoint will run Henderson hospital, 7-26-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Alan M. Wolf reports on a joint venture that will allow Duke University Health System and Lifepoint Hospitals to run Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson.

Hard times at Shriners end free care for all, 7-23-11, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Writer Jackie Crosby reports that Shriners Hospitals will be billing insurance companies and charging some families copayments by the end of the month.

Federal Auditors Will Soon Review Health Insurance Rates in 10 States, 7-25-11, The New York Times

Writer Robert Pear reports on the upcoming federal review of health insurance rates in ten states the Obama Administration says do not adequately regulate premiums.

Eye anatomy at camp? Kids get taste of med careers, 7-26-11, Associated Press, published by The News and Observer

AP writer Lauran Neergaard reports on an unusual summer camp in Virginia that seeks to encourage kids to consider a medical career.

Web startups target health, 7-25-11, The News and Observer, reprinted from The San Jose Mercury News

Writer Peter Delevett reports on new developments that allow patients to gain information using social and mobile technology.

Grant helps Asheville-area mothers have healthy babies, 7-24-11, Asheville Citizen-Times

Writer Clarke Morrison reports on a federally funded program that targets poor, first-time mothers in Buncombe County.

Blue Cross tests smart phone weight program, 7-25-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer David Ranii reports on a BCBSNC test program aimed at using the Internet and mobile phones to help provided personalized health and weight-loss tips to subscribers.


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