In the News This Week…

FTC decision jeopardizes authority of medical boards, doctors say, 8-20-12, amednews
Writer Alicia Gallegos reports that physicians are urging a US appeals court to overturn a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling that doctors say strips medical boards of their right to regulate medicine. NCMS General Counsel, Steve Keene, represents the Society in stating that this ruling would be disruptive to the proper regulations of medicine nationwide.

Local doctor helps US Paralympic athletes sail for gold, 8-19-12, Star News
Writer Chuck Carree reports that NCMS member Joanne Allen, MD, is attending her ninth Paralympics as a member of the US Olympic Committee medical staff.

Catawba/Alexander News: Medical Alliance, 8-24-12, The Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observer reports that the Catawba County Medical Society Alliance recently received five honors from the NCMS Alliance at its annual meeting in Greensboro. The group also was recognized for winning the statewide Carolina Get Fit Challenge for the second year in a row.

NC Medicaid Expansion Could Insure Thousands, 8-22-12, Public News Services
Public News Services reports that more than 500,000 North Carolina residents would have access to health insurance if Medicaid is expanded through the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the North Budget and Tax Center.

NC Medicaid chief says technology will save money, 8-16-12, CBS News/Associated Press
The Associated Press reports that using outside companies to help detect Medicaid program fraud and abuse ultimately will reap significant savings for North Carolina, despite a recent audit critical of contract terms and the initial yields, according the state Medicaid director.

Candidates spar on health care, education, 8-22-12, Fox News/Associated Press
The Associated Press reports on the differences between Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s positions in regards to a debate over abortion and Medicare spending.

Anti-abortion minister to get new trial on charges he stalked doctor, 8-22-12, WCNC/The Charlotte Observer
Writer Gary L. Wright reports that a reverend, an anti-abortion activist, who was convicted in 2011 of stalking a Charlotte doctor has been granted a new trial. The article reports that several doctors have been killed after similar situations.

Team of doctors set up secret Syria field hospital, 8-21-12, The Charlotte Observer/Associated Press
The Associated Press reports that an international team of doctors turned a villa under construction in Syria into a secret field hospital, spending two months treating the wounded who sometimes traveled many days for help.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Heart Calcium Scan Most Effective In Predicting Heart Disease, 8-22-12, WFMY News
Mac Ingraham of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reports that heart calcium scans are far superior to other assessment tools in predicting the development of cardiovascular disease in individuals currently classified at intermediate risk by their doctors, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

State clears way for NHRMC purchase of Novant surgical center, 8-17-12, Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Writer Vicky Janowski reports that Brunswick Novant may sell an outpatient surgery center to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Forsyth infant is North Carolina’s first whooping cough death, 8-20-12, The News and Observer
Reporter Jay Price writes that a 2-month-old from Forsyth County has become the first person in North Carolina to die this year from the whooping cough outbreak that is sweeping much of the nation.  

What’s Good About Charlotte: Health Care, 8-22-12, Fox Charlotte
Writer Terrance Bates writes that the health care services available in Charlotte make it a great place to reside. Currently, Charlotte is home to nine major hospitals, which serve more than one million people annually.


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