Health http://wfae.org en Personalized Medicine: The Future Of Medicine? http://wfae.org/post/personalized-medicine-future-medicine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Experts in the medical field are hopeful that we are getting ever closer to the day when treatment for whatever ails you will be personalized.&nbsp; Personalized medicine is a relatively new field of research, some of which is taking place in Charlotte.&nbsp; If perfected, it would replace the one-size-fits-all approach and, based on a simple blood or urine test, provide treatment targeted just to you.&nbsp; We talk about this pioneering approach with those on the cutting edge of research.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 54732 at http://wfae.org Personalized Medicine: The Future Of Medicine? Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward http://wfae.org/post/fast-tracked-bipartisan-nc-bill-pushes-water-lawsuits-forward <p>A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:34:39 +0000 Ben Bradford 53550 at http://wfae.org Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model http://wfae.org/post/nc-leaders-agreement-overhauling-medicaid-payment-model <p>North Carolina is poised to overhaul how it pays for doctor's visits and other physical health services under Medicaid. Governor Pat McCrory, state House and Senate leaders agree on that front, although they still need to work out differences in their broader plans for Medicaid.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:46:56 +0000 Michael Tomsic 53344 at http://wfae.org NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate http://wfae.org/post/budgets-passed-haggling-begins-nc-governor-house-and-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise http://wfae.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-was-too-old-nc-so-premiums-will-likely-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina's largest health insurance company says enrollment through the new exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act missed expectations, and that means premiums on the exchange will likely rise.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:53:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Kevin Kniestedt 50595 at http://wfae.org Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People http://wfae.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-carolinas-misses-white-house-target-young-people <p>In the Carolinas, the new health insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act didn't sign up nearly as many young people as the White House had targeted. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the final enrollment data for this year.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:19:09 +0000 Michael Tomsic 50125 at http://wfae.org Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People CMS To Add Mental Health Therapists To 37 More Schools http://wfae.org/post/cms-add-mental-health-therapists-37-more-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CMS already has mental health therapists in about thirty schools. Another 37 schools will soon be getting them.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:22:25 +0000 Lisa Miller 48216 at http://wfae.org MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health http://wfae.org/post/mecklink-saga-ends-cardinal-takes-over-county-mental-health <p>As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:02:04 +0000 Ben Bradford 48160 at http://wfae.org MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health County To Continue Funding Mental Health Services After Cardinal Takeover http://wfae.org/post/county-continue-funding-mental-health-services-after-cardinal-takeover <p>Mecklenburg County government will continue to supplement state and federal Medicaid dollars for mental health services with its own money. The county has provided those funds for years, but their fate has been in limbo, as officials prepare to hand over mental health oversight to an outside organization.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:09:51 +0000 Ben Bradford 47717 at http://wfae.org NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013 http://wfae.org/post/nc-overpaid-medicaid-providers-2013 <p>North Carolina paid Medicaid providers about $440,000 more than it should have last year. That's according to a report Friday from the state auditor's office, which found several problems in its annual review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>About a third of the overpayment consisted of state money, as the federal government covers about two-thirds of Medicaid costs in North Carolina. Dave Richard is deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and he offered this perspective on the overpayment:&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:05:28 +0000 Michael Tomsic 47577 at http://wfae.org