In the News This Week…

Former university doctor running for NC governor, 2-28-12, The Associated Press

WRAL reported that NCMS Member Bruce Blackmon, MD, will be running for North Carolina governor in 2012.

Most Americans like Medicare just the way it is: survey 3-1-12, Modern Healthcare

Writer Jessica Zigmond provides findings from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey that states Americans favor the Medicare program as is.

$375M Health Care Scheme Went Unnoticed for Years, 2-29-12, ABC News/ Associated Press

Reporter Nomaan Merchant reports on how several Texas health care providers are being investigated for fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims that went unnoticed for half a decade.

NC Pediatricians Offer Medical Help – and Literacy, 2-29-12, Public News Service

Writer Stephanie Carroll Carson reports on the national “Reach Out and Read” program, which Surf Pediatrics in Nags Head, NC is actively participating in.

States with high cost, growth in ER dental visits, 2-28-12, The News and Observer/Associated Press

Findings show that dental visits to North Carolina emergency rooms totaled more than 69,000 in 2009, which is the 10th most common reason for ER treatment in the state.

Smartphones take role in monitoring health, 2-27-12, The News and Observer/ The New York Times

New York Times Writer Peter Wayner reports on how smartphones are the future of medicine.

New rounds for med students, 2-25-12, Modern Healthcare

Writer Andis Robeznieks finds that new doctors in 2020 will not only focus on resident work hours but have good bedside manner with caregivers,  due to new accreditation system for residency programs and a new medical school entrance exam.

Family may use secret recording in medical negligence suit, 2-27-12, amednews

Writer Alicia Gallegos reports on the growing liability risks doctors face as handheld recording devices become more common.

Physician rating website reveals formula for good reviews, 2-27-12, amednews

Reporter Pamela Lewis Dolan writes about an online physician rating site,, which found that happy patients mean short waiting room time and longer time in exam room.


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