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Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy, 3-5-11, New York Times

Staff writer Gardiner Harris examines how changes in psychiatry reflect new efficiencies in health care and the physician-patient relationship.

Aetna’s fee fight adds to cancer patient’s stress, 3-5-11, The News & Observer

Staff writer Sarah Avery describes the challenges experienced by a cancer patient who drives from her home in Jacksonville, NC to see her doctors at UNC Health Care, which is in a fee dispute with Aetna, her health insurance company.

Health exchange deal proposed, 3-9-11, The News & Observer

Staff writer Craig Jarvis reported on a compromise proposal presented by NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin to legislators who are trying to decide how the state’s health insurance exchange will operate.

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside, 3-7-11, The Washington Post

Staff writer Michelle Andrews reports on how some medical practices are seeking to bypass health insurers in providing care to patients.

What kind of morality targets the poor? , 3-9-11, The News & Observer

An op-ed by NCMS member Philip M. Rosoff, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine at Duke University and director of Duke Hospital Clinical Ethics.

Physician Profile: Richard Bruch, M.D., Winter 2011, PHA Pulse (Physician Hospitals of America)

Article features NCMS Past President Richard F. Bruch, MD. Special thank you to George Sheasley, CFO, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, PA, for providing the link to this story.

Telehealth robot `Otto’ joins McDowell Hospital, 3-7-11, Asheville Citizen-Times

Staff writer Casey Blake wrote about a new telehealth robot being employed at a Western NC hospital to help physicians communicate with patients.


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