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6:35 am
Mon January 17, 2011

UNC Hospitals & Aetna in Rate Dispute

People around the Triangle with Aetna health insurance are hearing that UNC Hospitals may no longer be an in-network insurer for them.

The letters went out last week from both Aetna and UNC Hospitals, saying that come February fifth, UNC will no longer accept Aetna insurance.

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5:33 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

New Model For Delivering Mental Health Care

New critical access behavioral health agencies, or CABHAs, became the required model for delivering mental health care on January 1. Will they work to improve the system?

With the beginning of the new year, yet another big change came to the state mental health system. January first marked the implementation date for a new type of provider agency to deliver services. They’re called CABHAs… and they’re intended to lower cost and improve quality. The question is… will CABHA’s work?

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5:00 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Duke Study Finds Overuse Of Internal Defibrillators

Credit Vintage Collective, Flickr Creative Commons

Too many cardiac patients are getting internal defibrillators when they don't need them - that's the result of new research from Duke.

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5:15 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Durham Babies Get Home Visits

Credit Durham Connects

Starting this year, all babies born in Durham will new get a home visit from a nurse.   The Durham Connects program started this past year, visiting only some new babies and their mothers.   Program director Jeannine Sato says for the coming year, all babies born in the county and their families can get up to three nurse visits:

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6:55 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Insurance Rates For Some Will Drop

Health insurance rates for some people are actually slated to go down... they're folks who can take advantage of the state's federally funded high risk insurance pool.

After the federal health reform bill passed in the spring, 23 states, including North Carolina, chose to create federally funded high risk pools for their residents. North Carolina's plan is called Inclusive Health, and it's run alongside an already-existing state funded high risk pool.

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5:55 am
Tue December 21, 2010

It's Time For Medicare Drug Plan Re-enrollment

Credit NC DOI

In the fall, many workers have the opportunity to change their health insurance coverage. That’s true for Medicare beneficiaries as well. Seniors and people with disabilities covered by Medicare have until the new year to review and make changes to their plans. And this year, there are plenty of changes complicating matters.

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5:00 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Simple Test For Ovarian Cancer Unlikely

Researchers have been looking for a way to screen women for ovarian cancer, and find it early. But a Duke researcher warns it might not be so simple.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, in part because it's often found in its late stages. There's already a blood test, plus ultrasound... but the protocol's not that accurate. 

Duke gynecologist Laura Havrilesky says one reason why screening doesn't work so well is that ovarian cancer isn't just one disease, but many. And the dangerous cancers grow fast.

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5:12 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Dix Closure Imminent

Dorothea Dix Hospital
Credit NC DHHS

It looks like the closure of Dorothea Dix hospital will be almost complete by the year's end.   The state-run psychiatric facility in Raleigh has been slated for closure for years under the state's mental health reform. The only patients to remain on the downtown campus will be 30 minimum security criminal patients. 

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5:00 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Remembering Elizabeth Edwards

Credit the Edwards Campaign

Elizabeth Edwards has died. The wife, health-care advocate, author, and mother passed away yesterday morning. She was 61 years old. Dave DeWitt reports.

On October 21, 2004, at a hotel in Kenosha Wisconsin, Elizabeth Edwards found a lump in her breast the size of a plumb. An election that could vault her husband into the vice presidency was just days away. She was the mother of three children.

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5:50 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Dies

Elizabeth Edwards died at her home in Chapel Hill this morning.  She was 61.  Edwards was the estranged wife of former North Carolina Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards.  A family statement says, ``Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family.''  Elizabeth Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.

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