In the News This Week…

Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology’s Dr. Gregory Swank Selected for US News Top Doctors Directory, 6-20-12,
Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology announced that its very own and NCMS member, Gregory Swank, MD, FACS, has been named one of the US News Top Doctors, a directory which identifies the nation’s top doctors to help patients find the medical care that addresses their needs.

SEAHEC Physician Receives Two Prestigious Medical Educational Awards, 6-13-12, Cape Fear Business News
Cape Fear Business News reported that Bonzo Reddick, MD, MPH, has been awarded two awards for his work as a physician and faculty member with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Medicaid gap grows as NC lawmakers work on budget, 6-15-12, WRAL/Associated Press
Reporter Gary D. Robertson writes that budget negotiators from both chambers began discussing their competing proposals for the Medicaid budget, each of which weigh in at more than $20 billion.

Costs soar for updating NC’s Medicaid computer system, 6-17-12, The News and Observer
Reporter Joseph Neff writes that running the old computer system that processes Medicaid claims and setting up the new system that will run for seven years, will cost about $851 million.

North Carolina legislators can’t agree on compensation for victims of forced sterilization, 6-20-12, The Washington Post/Associated Press
The Associated Press reported that the first serious proposal to compensate victims of forced sterilization failed Wednesday when North Carolina legislators said they were not approving any money for the victims.

New house call goes virtual from some doctors, 6-18-12, WMBF News
WMBF News reports that more options are becoming available to help physicians and patients connect, even those who have never met before.

Duke, NC State and Novartis to team for biodefense, 6-19-12, The Charlotte Observer
Writer Franco Ordonez reports that the US DHHS announced that Duke University and NC State University will team up with Novartis to develop and produce vaccines to quickly respond to chemical and biological threats.

AMA supports requiring obesity education for kids, 6-20, 12, KHQ Q6/ Associated Press
AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner reports that the AMA strongly supports requiring yearly instruction aimed at preventing obesity for public school children and teens.

Female doctors make $12K less than men, 6-14-12, Fierce Healthcare
Writer Allison Floyd reports that according to a new study from the University of Michigan Health System, female physicians are making $12,000 less annually than male physicians.

Carolinas HealthCare seeks NC approval for $20M hospital in Anson County, 6-15-12, Triangle Business Journal
Staff Writer Jennifer Thomas reports that Carolinas HealthCare submitted a certificate-of-need application to the state for a 15-bed facility that would be replace aging Anson Community Hospital in Wadesboro.


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