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Bill Filing Deadline Brings Flurry of Proposed Health Care Legislation

Bill Filing Deadline Brings Flurry of Proposed Health Care Legislation

Senators filed more than 300 bills this week as they bumped up against their filing deadline. By Rose Hoban Everyone has deadlines:..

March 27, 2015 with 1 Comment
Docs Raise Familiar and New Issues with Legislators

Docs Raise Familiar and New Issues with Legislators

The return of doctors in white coats on Wednesday brought issues new and old to the General Assembly. By Hyun Namkoong Familiar topics such..

March 26, 2015 with 0 Comments
Vaccine Exemption Bill Draws Objections

Vaccine Exemption Bill Draws Objections

By Rose Hoban In the wake of legislators filing a new bill that would all but remove religious exemptions from childhood vaccinations for..

March 25, 2015 with 7 Comments
Nurse Practitioners Ask Lawmakers to Ease Restrictions for Practice

Nurse Practitioners Ask Lawmakers to Ease Restrictions for Practice

A wave of 115 nurse practitioners flooded the General Assembly to meet with lawmakers about easing practice restrictions. By Hyun Namkoong..

March 19, 2015 with 1 Comment
State-run Substance Abuse Centers Are Closer to Transition

State-run Substance Abuse Centers Are Closer to Transition

Advocates worry that the changes facing ADATCs could lead to a loss of specialized care and beds for substance abuse treatment. By Hyun..

March 19, 2015 with 0 Comments
Study Makes the Economic Case for Advanced Practice Nurses

Study Makes the Economic Case for Advanced Practice Nurses

A new study finds loosening practice restrictions on North Carolina nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists could save..

March 17, 2015 with 0 Comments
Continuity of Care: The Rural Doctor 2.0

Continuity of Care: The Rural Doctor 2.0

A new practice in rural Western North Carolina fills the traditional family doctor role, adding a few ‘bells and whistles.’ By Taylor..

March 13, 2015
Lawmakers Expected to Consider Bill on Chemotherapy Cost Parity

Lawmakers Expected to Consider Bill on Chemotherapy Cost Parity

Cancer treatment advocates are looking to reduce the cost to patients for oral chemotherapy drugs. By Hyun Namkoong Darrell Rhodes, 57,..

March 12, 2015
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Teen Pregnancy Rates

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Teen Pregnancy Rates

Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are..

March 10, 2015
Steps Forward, Back for NC Children’s Health

Steps Forward, Back for NC Children’s Health

This year’s Child Health Report Card finds improvement in many health indicators, but poverty-related problems impede improvement for..

March 10, 2015
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