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Medical liability reforms are fair and much needed, 5-24-11, Salisbury Post

Letter to the editor supporting Senate Bill 33 – Medical Liability Reforms, by NCMS member John B. Kribbs, MD, President, Rowan County Medical Society.

Debate continues over medical malpractice bill, 5-23-11, NC News Network

Report that aired over the North Carolina News Network featuring NCMS President John Mangum, MD. Dr. Mangum’s comments came during an interview on the Bill LeMaye Show on WPTF Radio in Raleigh on May 23, 2011. Click here to listen to Dr. Mangum’s comments (mp3 – file is large and may take moment to download).

N.C. isn’t getting its health exchange right, 5-23-11, The News and Observer

Op-ed by Donna B. Clark about legislation being considered by the NC General Assembly to create a health benefits exchange.

Even With Compromise, State Health Plan Faces Bankruptcy, 5-25-11 Carolina Journal Online

Writer Sara Burrows features a budget expert who believes that higher co-payers will not keep the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees from insolvency.

Political Debate Over Accountable Care Organizations Heats Up, 5-24-11, PBS News Hour-The Rundown

Reporter Betty Ann Bowser reports that seven influential Republican Senators have demanded that the Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) be withdrawn.

Study sees drop in doctors disciplined, 5-24-11, The News and Observer

Baltimore Sun writer Meredith Cohn reports on a new study from the public advocacy group Public Citizen, with a link to the full study in the article:

Combined system offers better care, 5-18-11, The News and Observer

Op-ed by Raleigh pediatrician Jerry Bernstein, MD, a member of the WakeMed Board of Directors, in support of the purchase of Rex Hospital by rival WakeMed.

Sale would harm a health care asset, 5-18-11, The News and Observer

Op-ed by Rig Patel, MD, president of the medical staff at Rex Healthcare, in opposition to the purchase of Rex Hospital by rival WakeMed.

WakeMed the Goliath, 5-24-11, The News and Observer

Letter to the editor about the proposed purchase of Raleigh-based Rex Hospital by rival WakeMed, by Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears.

Legislative leaders don’t support Rex sale, 5-24-11, The News and Observer

An Under the Dome report about how legislative leaders in the NC General Assembly do not favor the sale of UNC Health Care System subsidiary Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Ford looks to introduce health, wellness apps to its cars, 5-19-11, Healthcare IT News

Article reveals that Ford Motor Company is working with health care companies to develop in-car health and wellness connectivity.


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