In the News This Week…

Duke doctor on RDU-bound jet flies into action to save baby, 4-4-12, WRAL
NCMS member and WRAL Health Team physician Allen Mask, MD, reports that David Brizel, MD, who is also a member of the Society, saved an infant’s life on board a jet flying from London to Raleigh.

Dr. Redding Recently Recognized by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Publication, 4-2-12,
Victoria Brandon released that NCMS member and Past President Marshall S. Redding, MD, was recognized by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry for his outstanding contributions and achievements in ophthalmology.

Building a Network: State begins linking medical records, 3-30-12, Triangle Business Journal
Reporter Jason deBruyn writes that Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) is the first qualified partner with the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE).

Carolinas HealthPlan Analysis, Winter 2012, HealthLeaders InterStudy
Terri Gonzalez, NCMS Foundation Practice Technical Assistance Coordinator, contributes to the HealthPlan Analysis by showcasing the benefits of e-prescribing.

Legislators, DHHS plan ahead of Medicaid cutoff deadline, 4-4-12, WRAL
Reporter Mark Binker writes that North Carolina stands to lose $414 million in federal funding due to conflicts between how state and federal rules say personal care service dollars should be spent.

Answers to questions about possible changes to Medicare, 4-4-12, The News and Observer/ Kaiser Health News
Writer Marilyn Werber Serafini publishes questions and answers regarding overhauling Medicare and reducing spending, and proposals under consideration.

Many Medical Tests and Procedures Aren’t Needed–Doctor’s Groups, 4-4-12, Wall Street Journal
Blogger Anna Wilde Mathews writes that physician groups are starting the “Choose Wisely” campaign to limit number of medical tests and procedures performed when they aren’t needed.

Pneumonia Death Rate Drop May Not Be Real, 4-4-12, Medpage Today
Editor John Gever reports that an apparent decline in pneumonia mortality rates may actually reflect changes in diagnostic coding.

Last patients to leave Dorothea Dix in August, 4-4-12, The News and Observer
Writer Rob Christensen reports that the Council of State voted to close Dorothea Dix Hospital in August ending an era of treating the mentally ill since 1856.

Study of NC counties links health, affluence, 4-4-12, Winston-Salem Journal
Writer Monte Mitchell reports how North Carolina counties rank in regards to health.


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