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Michael Tomsic

Starting next week, Mecklenburg County’s public health department will once again be run by the county. Carolinas HealthCare System has staffed and operated that department for about 18 years. It provides a wide variety of services, including flu shots, cancer screenings and health care in CMS schools.


N.C. Insurance Companies Pay $10 Million In Rebates

Jun 20, 2013

Almost 200,000 North Carolinians will get reimbursed a tiny portion of what they paid in health insurance premiums last year. Insurance companies will pay back an average of $87 per family because of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.


County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Jun 17, 2013
JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.


Longtime public radio hosts Joe and Terry Graedon of the People's Pharmacy join us today. They've been on a mission for more than 30 years to educate listeners about their health. The Graedon's are in Charlotte this week for several events where they'll speak about "Tapping Grandma's Wisdom"- home remedies and healthy living. Joe and Terry Graedon join us to discuss health, home remedies and take your health questions, when Charlotte Talks.

About 1.5 million North Carolinians rely on Medicaid for health care. It's a massive program that costs the state about $36 million a day. And it may be about to change dramatically. Governor Pat McCrory is pushing for an overhaul that some say would privatize the program. We'll examine what's working in the current model – what's not – and what the overhaul would mean for North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks.

We are now nearly half way through a pivotal year for the implementation of important aspects of the Affordable Care act. Many doctors, administrators and patients are being affected by these changes and the results are somewhat mixed. Two people in the trenches of healthcare weigh in on the current state of the ACA in our state and the nation. One is an economist and the other a practicing physician and both say that health care "justice" is still far from reality. We'll look at the concept of "healthcare justice," what it means and whether it's possible.

Michael Tomsic

Starting this week, patients in critical condition at three Charlotte hospitals will have an extra set of eyes watching over them. That's because Carolinas HealthCare System is rolling out a sort of virtual command center in Mint Hill. From there, intensive care specialists will monitor patients.


Charlotte Hospital Pioneers New Kind Of Heart Surgery

Apr 17, 2013

A hospital patient in Charlotte is going home Tuesday after doctors successfully treated her with a new kind of heart surgery. Doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute became the first in the world to try it are among the first to try it.


Charlotte Medical Team Uses 'Ick' Factor To Cure Stubborn GI Infection

Apr 9, 2013
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

  Pam Kee calls herself a “mixologist.”

But the concoction in her blender comes together at a hospital.

Kee is a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-University, where she assists Dr. Barry Schneider with an unusual therapy that can cure a potentially deadly gastrointestinal infection.

The treatment is called a fecal transplant – and it’s just what the name implies.

Feces from a healthy donor is transferred into a sick patient to create a new, infection-free environment in the gut.

It may sound disgusting, but it works.

NC DHHS

Governor Pat McCrory outlined a plan to significantly change North Carolina's Medicaid program last week. A key person responsible for filling in the details is Carol Steckel. She's the director of the state's Medicaid program, and she spoke to WFAE's Michael Tomsic about the reasons for the overhaul and how it's designed to work.


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