In the News This Week…

The Quiet Health-Care Revolution, 11-1-11, the Atlantic

Authors Tom Main and Adrian Slywotsky report on a Medicare clinic system in California that is very similar to the Community Care of North Carolina Program. Chip Baggett, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations, highly recommends this article, which contains details about how the California program is saving money by controlling costs and improving quality care.

New effort to reduce drug shortages a small step, 11-1-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP medical writer Lauran Neergaard reports on an Obama Administration plan to solve unprecedented drug shortages.

States are pushing it on Medicaid cuts, 10-31-11, USA Today

An editorial examining how states are seeking to cut Medicaid costs with federal permission.

State hired felon to move dead bodies for medical examiner’s office, 11-1-11, Wilmington Star-News

Writer Kevin Maurer authors a Star News investigative story about how the state knowingly hired a convicted sex offender to pick up and transport dead bodies to the morgue.

Questionable studies, 10-31-11, The News and Observer

Letter to the Editor by NCMS member and urologist Joseph Whisnant, MD, Rocky Mount, who commented on recent published reports about draft recommendations for prostate testing.

Healthier inmates, 10-31-11, The News and Observer

Letter to the Editor by NCMS member and internist Norman L. Dean, MD, Chapel Hill, who writes about the role of the new Central Prison Regional Medical Center.

Local hospitals appeal DHHS allocation of beds, 10-28-11, Triangle Business Journal

Writer Chris Bagley reports on appeals filed by three Raleigh hospitals concerning the recent allocation of 101 new hospital beds for the capital city community.

Companies turn to worker health to help curb costs, 10-31-11, Pittsburgh Tribune Review/Associated Press

AP story about the increasing number of employers who are giving workers an opportunity to lower health care costs if they agree to meet specified options.

U.S. health spending is off the chart, 11-1-11, The News and Observer/The New York Times

An op-ed by Ezekiel J. Manuel, MD, an oncologist and professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

E.coli has no place at the fair, 11-1-11, The News and Observer

An op-ed by Benjamin Chapman, assistant professor and food safety specialist at NC State University, on the recent E.coli outbreak and its apparent connection to the NC State Fair.


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