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1:31 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

NC, Other States Suing 'Phony' Cancer Charities

North Carolina leaders are calling out several cancer charities that barely used any of the money they raised to actually benefit cancer victims. Attorney General Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall announced Tuesday they're part of a lawsuit against what they call "phony" charities. 

Secretary Marshall says government leaders "are sending the message to those trying to rip-off the giving public that we can find you, shut you down, and take you to court."

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Local News
5:31 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Medicaid Gap Steers More Patients To Community Health Centers

From left: Nancy Hudson and other staff at Charlotte Community Health Clinic.
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte and across the country, there’s a growing need at community health centers. They treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. And the increased need is a surprising result to some clinic leaders, who thought the Affordable Care Act would mean fewer people needing charity care.

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4:17 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

NC Nursing Homes Rate Poorly

Credit kff.org

North Carolina has some of the worst rated nursing homes in the country. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday shows the federal government gave more than 40 percent of the state's nursing homes one or two star ratings.

Nine nursing homes in the Charlotte area received the lowest possible rating, one star:

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Local News
3:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

CHS, UnitedHealthcare Reach New Contract

Carolinas Healthcare System and UnitedHealthcare have come to terms on a new contract. The agreement means that most UnitedHealthcare customers in the Charlotte metro area will continue to receive “in-network” coverage for services provided at CHS facilities.

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Local News
6:10 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Establishes Charlotte Clinic

A man in a costume juggles at Novant and St. Jude's announcement in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

One of the nation's most respected cancer hospitals for children is establishing an affiliate clinic in Charlotte. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced Tuesday it's partnering with Novant Health on the clinic.

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9:43 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

NC Lawmakers Consider Deregulation Of Health Care Facilities Construction

Credit National Conference of State Legislatures

Some North Carolina lawmakers want to roll back or repeal a law that regulates the building of new health care facilities. It's called a Certificate of Need law, and North Carolina has used it since the 1970s.

About three dozen states have Certificate of Need laws. They set up a review process through which states can determine when certain areas need new hospitals, surgical centers or even high-tech equipment.

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3:15 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

High Percentage Of NC, SC Hospitals Get Four Stars

Credit Kaiser Health News

Patients rate hospitals in the Carolinas as good but not great. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the federal government's new star ratings based on patient surveys.

Medicare didn't give a single hospital in North Carolina or South Carolina the lowest rating (one star), and there weren't a lot of five-star hospitals, either.

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4:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Carolinas HealthCare System's Cutbacks Reach The Executive Suite

Joe Piemont.
Credit www.carolinashealthcare.org

Carolinas HealthCare System is eliminating its number two executive's job as part of cost-cutting measures. The Charlotte-based system announced Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Joe Piemont will lose his job at the end of May.

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5:52 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Hospitals Monitor ICU Patients Virtually, From Many Miles Away

The button staff can use at a hospital in Lincolnton to reach the virtual command center.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Some hospital systems are using a sort of virtual command center to monitor their sickest patients from dozens or even hundreds of miles away. Virtual intensive care units, also called eICUs, are a way to bring the expertise of a major medical center to remote hospitals in rural areas.

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4:46 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

A New Payment Model For Knee Replacements (And Potentially A Lot More)

Credit Alan Cleaver / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In the Charlotte area, BlueCross BlueShield and Novant Health are setting up a new payment program for knee replacements that they say will save patients money. It's called a bundled payment program, and you could be hearing that phrase a lot more in the future.

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