In the News This Week…

Running Charlotte’s DNC team takes a surgeon’s touch, 6-9-12, The Charlotte Observer
Reporter Tim Funk writes that NCMS Member Daniel Murrey, MD, executive director of the “Charlotte in 2012” committee, works to raise $36.6 million for the Democratic National Convention.

State won’t make counties pay back $2 million, 6-8-12, Wilkes Journal-Patriot
Reporter Jule Hubbard writes that Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Avery county governments no longer face the possibility of having to pay back over $2 million in Medicaid reimbursements to the state under a settlement agreement approved last week.

Public Favors Malpractice Reform; Defense Costs by Specialty; Peer-Review Protections; Malpractice Mega-Award (Login Required), 6-7-12, Medscape Business of Medicine
Medscape publishes key updates on liability reform; how much specialties pay for defense costs; erosion of peer-review protections; and reports on a huge malpractice award in New York.

NCBiotech awards $100K grant, 6-14-12, The Triangle Business Journal
Staff writer Lauren Ohnesorge reports that the North Carolina Biotechnology Center approved a $100,000 grant to a consortium represented by Geoffrey Ginsburg, which will help support a proposed Center of Innovation that would focus on personalized medicine.

Western North Carolina Data Link Celebrates 6 Years of Improved Patient Outcomes, 6-14-12, PR Web
A news release reports that WNC Data Link, based in Asheville, NC, celebrated its sixth anniversary of sharing data through the MEDSEEK-powered health information exchange (HIE), which makes it one of the most mature health information exchanges in the nation.

Settlement over NC mental health could cost state millions, 6-15-12, WRAL
Reporter Bruce Mildwurf writes that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services could end up paying millions of dollars to avoid a lawsuit over alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

NC lawmakers direct another mental health overhaul, 6-13-12, WRAL/Associated Press
Writer Gary D. Robertson writes that the North Carolina Legislature has directed another overhaul of the state’s mental health system —the second in a decade—in an attempt to fix chronic shortcomings in patient care and prevent financial blunders.

Health advocates ask NC lawmakers to reconsider tobacco prevention budget cuts, 6-12-12, News 14
News 14 reports that several health advocates, including Tobacco Reality Unfiltered and North Carolina Alliance of Health, are asking the state Senate to reconsider budget plans that would cut funding for tobacco prevention.

Mission Health opens new children’s radiology center, 6-14-12, The Mountain Xpress
Reporter Caitlin Byrd writes that Mission Health opened a new imaging center that will eventually have a full-time, pediatric-trained radiologist to supervise each child’s case.


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