Ways to Connect

Michael Tomsic

UNC Charlotte is expanding its partnership with a health clinic that serves the Latino community. The university and clinic already work together to provide mental health treatment, and now they'll add exercise programs and health screenings.

Doctors in North Carolina are feeling the effects of certain national health care trends but bucking others. The Physicians Foundation's 2016 survey shows high burnout but lower hospital consolidation in North Carolina.

The independent watchdog within the Department of Veterans Affairs reports the Salisbury VA manipulated wait times and amassed a huge backlog of radiology exams.

Michael Tomsic

Federal health leaders are promoting a form of contraception that's effective for years and essentially forget-proof.

They're encouraging state Medicaid programs to increase access to intrauterine devices and arm implants, both of which are more effective than the birth control pill. South Carolina as a whole and one North Carolina county are ahead of the curve on this.

Carolinas HealthCare System

The U.S. and North Carolina Justice departments are asking a federal judge to allow their antitrust lawsuit to continue against Carolinas HealthCare System. In a new court filing, they argue the Charlotte-based hospital system is already conceding certain points.

In North Carolina, nearly 1,400 people died in car crashes last year, according to new federal data. Compared to the year before, traffic fatalities increased about 7 percent in North Carolina and nationally.

The Obama administration is touting a new argument for why states like North Carolina should expand Medicaid. Federal researchers found in states that already have, the premiums people pay on the Obamacare exchanges are lower.

Carolinas HealthCare System is asking a federal judge to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit the U.S. Justice Department filed against it. The Charlotte-based hospital system argues the lawsuit is "unprecedented."

North Carolina's Democratic representatives in Congress are urging federal officials to reject the state's Medicaid overhaul. The state's Republican governor and lawmakers have championed it, and leaders submitted the plan to the federal government in June.

All 13 of North Carolina's representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of an overhaul of the country's mental health system Wednesday. The bill gained momentum this year in part because of mass shootings.