Health

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pre-Diabetes Screening & Living With Diabetes

We are faced with so many food choices these days, especially processed foods, that it's easy to eat badly. Unhealthy eating and other lifestyle choices can lead to the development of diabetes. Carolinas Healthcare System and the YMCA recognized the rise in North Carolinians with Diabetes and an even larger number of folks at risk for developing the condition. They have introduced a program to help everyone recognize the signs of diabetes, take steps to avoid developing it and to learn to maintain, and in some case, reverse the effects. CHS and the YMCA are out to raise diabetes awareness and we'll learn too.

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Local News
5:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hospitals Make Pitch For Inpatient Beds

Bill Voerster speaks to state officials and the audience at a public hearing on competition for inpatient hospital beds.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health insist they need more beds to treat patients in Mecklenburg County. They made their cases to the state during a public meeting Tuesday in Charlotte. But the state won't let them both get as many beds as they want.


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8:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare System Compete For Inpatient Beds

Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System are running out of room at two of their hospitals in Mecklenburg County, so both systems are asking the state if they can add more inpatient beds. The state is holding a public hearing on that Tuesday morning.


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Local News
1:15 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Had A Much Better November In Carolinas

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, November was a far better month than October for the federal marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday.


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Local News
5:54 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NC Medicaid Advisory Group: 'No Decisions' On Overhaul Yet

North Carolina's proposed Medicaid overhaul may change significantly. That's the message from an advisory group the governor and legislature put together, which met for the first time Thursday.


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Local News
4:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

NC Medicaid Providers Say New Payment System Is Improving

Some doctors in North Carolina still haven't gotten paid for Medicaid services five months after the state rolled out a new system for Medicaid providers, called NC Tracks. But the system is improving, according to a legislative oversight committee that met Monday.


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10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Discusses Obama's Extension Of Canceled Health Policies

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin

By now you probably know that President Obama has offered a temporary fix for people whose health insurance companies have canceled their policies because they didn’t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. You can keep your policies for another year if insurance companies are willing to still offer the plans, and if state insurance regulators are OK with it. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says he is. He joined President Obama and other insurance commissioners at the White House this week, and he joined WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt on Morning Edition.


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Local News
8:55 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Congress Passes Bill That Could Help With Drug Shortages

Medi-Fare Drug Center is a compounding pharmacy in Blacksburg, S.C.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Last spring we reported on a serious problem in hospitals – shortages of critical drugs, including chemotherapy treatments, anesthetics and even basic vitamins. This week Congress passed a bill that could make it easier for hospitals to get drugs they can't find anywhere else. But there are also risks that come with this particular solution. 

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5:08 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

NC Regulators Encourage Health Insurers To Extend Some Policies

North Carolina insurance regulators say they plan to expedite the rate review process in order to prevent thousands of state residents from losing their individual health plans.  Insurers were terminating those policies because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  But President Obama pledged this week to allow people to hold onto their current policies for another year. 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says usually the whole review takes several months, but his office will only have a few weeks to go through the plans.  

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5:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

About 2,200 People Get Through Health Insurance Marketplace In NC, SC

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, about 2,200 people have signed up for health insurance through the new federal marketplace, or exchange.  That's according to federal data released Wednesday.

So the marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act is kind of working.

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