In the News This Week…

 Health care law to yield $1.3 billion in insurance rebates, 4-26-12, The News and Observer/Tribune Washington Bureau
Reporter Noam N. Levey writes that US consumers and businesses will receive an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates from insurance companies this year, according to a new study quantifying a key early benefit of the health care law.

NC Pediatric Society announces opposition to Amendment One, 4-26-12, Mountain Xpress
Reporter David Forbes publishes an announcement from the Coalition to Protect All NC Families based on a press conference that took place at the NCGA explaining the NC Pediatric Society’s, as well as other professional organizations, opposition to Amendment One.

Campbell medical school OK to recruit NC students, 4-26-12, The Charlotte Observer/ Associated Press
The Associated Press reported that NC Campbell University’s medical school is getting the go-ahead to start recruiting students as it plans to become North Carolina’s fifth training institution for doctors.

Asheville doctor cited for overprescribing painkillers, falsifying records, 4-20-12, The Citizen-Times
Writer Clarke Morrison reports that the NCMB issued an emergency order prohibiting an Asheville doctor from prescribing controlled substances after finding he violated ethical and professional standards by overprescribing painkillers and falsifying patient records.

Sick of status quo, doctors test no-insurance models, 4-25-12, San Antonio Express-News
Reporter Patrick Danner writes about a small group of primary care physicians in Texas who have ditched health insurance for a “direct pay” model. One physician even utilizes North Carolina-based Physician Care Direct (PCD), a company that provides direct pay to doctors.

Alleghany woman pleads guilty to health care fraud conspiracy, 4-25-12, Wilkes Journal-Patriot
The Wilkes Journal-Patriot reported that Ann Cook of Sparta, owner of Alleghany-based Families First Home Health Care, pleaded guilty to health care fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, according to US attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Advocates push for NC patient protection, 4-26-12, The News and Observer
Reporters Ames Alexander, Karen Garloch and Joseph Neff publish investigation findings that show North Carolina hospitals are getting tax breaks but doing little to help the poor.


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