In the News This Week…

Ongoing learning rules for doctors eased, 8-3-12, Triangle Business Journal
Writer Jason deBruyn reports on the changing requirements in professional training for doctors.

North Carolina doctors respond to Supreme Court ruling on healthcare reform, 7-30-12, Triangle Medical News
Writer Lynne Jeter reports on the concerns associated with the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Community Health Center program will increase care, 8-7-12, Star News Online
Writer Jim Ware reports that New Hanover Community Health Center is launching a new family practice residency program that will increase the access of care to its patients. The program is made possible by the collaboration of The Duke Endowment, Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and the NCMS Foundation.

Physician leadership essential for integrated community health, 8-8-12, Healthcare Finance News
Writer Larry McClain reports on the experiences of NCMS member David Rinehart, MD, who stresses the importance of accountable care.

William Howard Waugh, MD, FACP Remembered, 7-21-12, The Daily Reflector
The Daily Reflector reports that NCMS member William H. Waugh, MD, FACP, of Greenville, passed away on July 18, 2012. He was a dedicated physician for 64 years and NCMS member for 40 years. The NCMS expresses its sincere condolences to Dr. Waugh’s family. NCMS members who have passed away during the year are memorialized at the NCMS House of Delegates. Notification can be made to the NCMS Member Services Department.

Blue Cross increasing price of NC individual policies, 8-3-12, The News and Observer/The Associated Press
The Associated Press reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is increasing prices next year on individuals paying for their own coverage by an average of 10 percent, representing the largest increase in three years.

Doctors in NC can now screen patients for domestic violence, 8-6-12, The Mountain Express
Reporter Caitlin Byrd writes that North Carolina doctors can now screen patients for domestic violence, as one of the eight “no additional cost” preventative care tests under healthcare reform.

Patients benefit from garden at NC health clinic, 8-5-12, SFGate/Associated Press
Reporter Martha Waggoner writes that patients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center benefit from eating free produce from a garden tended by the medical center.

Reidsville Boy Born With Rare Disease Meets with Doctors, Researchers, 8-7-12, WFMY News
Reporter Lauren Melvin writes that a young Reidsville boy with Cockayne Syndrome, Type II, has met with doctors and researchers in California to see how this severe diagnosis can be treated.

Study: Fathers can affect baby’s health at birth, 8-9-12, Bradenton Herald
Writer Kristin Nordstrom reports that scientists at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill have found that different parental occupations may bring increased risk of birth defects.

Grant will help HIV patients in NC pay for medicine, 8-7-12, The News and Observer
Reporter Lynn Bonner writes that a $3 million federal grant will allow the state to pay for medicine for nearly 300 low-income people infected with HIV who were seeking assistance.

Report: Underage tobacco sales continue to fall, 8-2-12, The News and Observer/Associated Press
Writer Michael Felberbaum reports that sales of tobacco to minors has decreased  from 40 percent in 1997 to 8.5 percent in the last fiscal year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. 


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