Local News
3:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

71 Percent Of NC Hospitals Receive Medicare Bonuses For Quality

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Compared to the rest of the country, a much higher percentage of hospitals in North Carolina received a bonus from Medicare this year based on quality measures. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal government data.

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Charlotte Talks
1:38 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Flu, Genomics And Emerging Disease

Flu shot
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9:00, Tuesday, January 12, 2015

The flu is the worst it’s been in years. Twenty-six children have died from it this year and we’re only half way through flu season. Getting a flu shot has never been a slam dunk but this year’s virus mutated after vaccines were developed and produced which has caused the flu to reach epidemic proportions. Among the scientists studying the disease is UNC Charlotte’s Dr. Dan Janies.  We pick his brain about the virus, about genomics and more. 

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Local News
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

In Largest Health Insurance Market, Premium Growth Slows

This shows the slowing growth of premiums for single coverage. In North Carolina, premiums for family coverage also slowed but not as much.
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Local News
3:40 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

NC Health Officials Warn Flu Season Will Get Worse

The CDC's flu map. States where the flu has hit epidemic levels are shaded brown.
Credit Courtesy of the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

On Tuesday, state health officials issued a warning - this year’s flu season is bad, and it will get worse.

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Local News
9:58 am
Tue December 23, 2014

U.S. Attorney's Office In Charlotte Builds Reputation For Prosecuting Health Care Fraud

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Some lawyers say the U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte is building a reputation for being especially aggressive in prosecuting health care fraud. As an example, the office earlier this year won its largest settlement ever with a single doctor.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

BlueCross Raises Rates On Obamacare Exchange In NC

A slide from BlueCross' presentation about the new rates.
Credit BlueCross BlueShield

North Carolina's largest health insurance company is raising the cost of its plans on the insurance exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. But the hike by BlueCross BlueShield shouldn't affect the pocketbook of most customers.

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Local News
10:07 am
Mon September 8, 2014

North Carolina Dramatically Reduces Medicaid Shortfall

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For the first time in five years, North Carolina will not end a fiscal year with hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cost overruns. That's according to the General Assembly's fiscal research division. The improvement comes after the state hired a consulting firm to help with budgeting.

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Local News
7:42 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Charlotte Resident Who Survived Ebola Shares Story

Nancy and David Writebol speak to reporters in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A Charlotte resident who survived Ebola prayed, cried and laughed with her husband Wednesday as they shared stories of what they've gone through the last six weeks. It was the first time Nancy Writebol spoke publicly about her battle with the virus that's killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa.

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Veterans Affairs
3:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Actions To Fix VA Hospitals

President Barack Obama says the new veteran's health law will help fix the VA system.
Tasnim Shamma

President Barack Obama was in Charlotte today to introduce the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and to announce that he will sign 19 new executive actions to help veterans. He spoke to a packed hall of veterans with the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center during their national conference.

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10:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

A sampling of tobacco products on display at a county health information table. County health officials say some of the packaging is attracting young people to start smoking.
Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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