In the News This Week…

Are ACOs the answer for Medicaid?, 7-2-12, Amednews
Reporter Jennifer Lubell  writes about accountable care efforts across the country, including North Carolina’s Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), and how there is a win-win for doctors and patients, but implementation may be particularly challenging in Medicaid.

Mask: Physicians still wary of law’s impact, 6-28-12, WRAL
NCMS Member Allen Mask, MD, of the WRAL Health Team reports via broadcast that physicians are still uncertain and anxious about the impact of the national health care reform law.

AMA president: health care will require larger workforce, 7-2-12, The Washington Post
The Washington Post interviews AMA President Ardis Hoven, MD, who proclaims that while the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take big steps toward expanding insurance coverage, there are still big challenges for doctors ahead.

Is court’s health-care ruling a wise decision? It depends…, 6-29-12, WECT
Reporter Margaret Steele writes about the differing opinions resulting from the US Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the ACA.

It ain’t over–more legal challenges to health care law coming, 7-2-12, The News and Observer
Writer Michael Doyle reports that legal challenges will continue even after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision Thursday to uphold the ACA.

Volunteer physicians treat uninsured, 6-28-12, The Charlotte Observer
Writer Katya Lezin reports that NCMS member and Mecklenburg County Medical Society president John Klimas, MD, and partners’ Physician Reach Out (PRO) has 1,600 physician volunteers who provide care to over 4,000 patients.

GlaxoSmithKline agrees to pay $3 billion in largest US healthcare fraud settlement, 7-2-12, Modern Healthcare
Reporter Joe Carlson writes that GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $3 billion in settlements and to plead guilty to criminal charges related to its branding, safety disclosures, and price reporting of several drugs.

Mission Health senior leadership team donates $120,000 to help employees in tough financial times, 7-2-12, Mountain Xpress
Writer Caitlin Byrd reports that Mission Health’s senior leadership contributed $120,000 to Mission Health Foundation’s employee emergency grant program. This allows employees to continue to serve patients during times of financial hardship.

Urgent care firm settles billing with US for $10M, 7-2-12, WWAY
Writer Chris Phillips reports that federal prosecutors in North Carolina say urgent care clinics in six states will pay $10 million to settle allegations it submitted false and inflated bills to taxpayer-supported benefit programs.


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