Department of Health and Human Services http://wunc.org en Investigative Report Finds Holes In NC Medical Examiners System http://wunc.org/post/investigative-report-finds-holes-nc-medical-examiners-system <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">Medical examiners in North Carolina routinely skip critical steps in their investigations, according to a <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/static/images/graphics/ME_Day1/docs/index.html">new report by The Charlotte Observer</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">Medical examiners rarely go to the scene of a death and in some cases, they do not actually examine the bodies.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:07:59 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 36613 at http://wunc.org Investigative Report Finds Holes In NC Medical Examiners System Doctors File Lawsuit Over NC Tracks http://wunc.org/post/doctors-file-lawsuit-over-nc-tracks <p>A group of physicians has filed a<a href="http://www.williamsmullen.com/sites/default/files/files/nctracks.pdf"> class-action lawsuit</a> against the state and contractors who launched a new computer program designed to reimburse health care providers for serving Medicaid patients.</p><p>The suit seeks millions of dollars in damages. The plaintiffs say they haven't been reimbursed properly for serving those patients. As a result, they say their practices have suffered severe financial losses. Camden Webb is their attorney.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:45:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 29071 at http://wunc.org Doctors File Lawsuit Over NC Tracks State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS http://wunc.org/post/state-auditor-beth-wood-points-finger-dhhs <p>State auditor Beth Wood went before lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to defend her office’s audit of the state’s Medicaid program.</p><p>A new computer system called NCTracks that allows health care providers to get reimbursed for Medicaid claims has been operating since July first. But many doctors and hospitals have reported they’re not getting the money they’re owned, and the system has numerous glitches.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 26139 at http://wunc.org State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment http://wunc.org/post/nc-seeks-improve-local-behavioral-health-treatment <p></p><p>State health officials are trying to cut the number of people with behavioral disorders who end up in the Emergency Room.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services says it's creating an advisory panel of health experts and patient advocates.&nbsp; The group's job will be to recommend improvements at the local level for mental health and substance abuse services.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:44:47 +0000 Will Michaels 25480 at http://wunc.org NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Closes For Good http://wunc.org/post/durham-clinic-provides-abortions-closes-good <p>The Department of Health and Human Services found health code violations this summer at two North Carolina clinics that provide abortions. Now, one of them has closed for good, while the other has re-opened.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:13:24 +0000 Laura Candler 21431 at http://wunc.org Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Closes For Good State Health Director Laura Gerald Resigns http://wunc.org/post/state-health-director-laura-gerald-resigns <p>State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald has resigned from that post effective immediately.&nbsp;</p><p>A release from the<a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/"> Department of Health and Human Services</a> said Secretary Aldona Vos accepted the resignation Tuesday.&nbsp; Gerald served as state health director for the past 18 months.<br><br>In a correspondence sent to DHHS employees, Vos thanked Gerald for her service and wished her well on her future endeavors. The secretary also announced temporary replacements in the <a href="http://publichealth.nc.gov/">Division of Public Health</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:52:02 +0000 Gurnal Scott 19915 at http://wunc.org State Health Director Laura Gerald Resigns Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask http://wunc.org/post/just-how-safe-abortion-north-carolina-it-depends-who-you-ask <p>One of the issues still to be decided by the North Carolina Legislature before it adjourns is whether to approve new rules that Republicans say would make abortion safer.</p><p>Democrats say abortions in the state are already very safe, and that the new provisions would lead to clinics closing.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Sanders 19576 at http://wunc.org Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask Audit Finds DHHS Did Not Fully Test New Computer System http://wunc.org/post/audit-finds-dhhs-did-not-fully-test-new-computer-system <p>The state Auditor has found that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services did not fully test a new computer system.<br><br>The DHHS system was installed to start processing Medicaid claims beginning in July.&nbsp;&nbsp; Beth Wood's audit found that the nearly $500 million computer system was not put through all of its paces.&nbsp; The report raises questions about the software and its ability to handle Medicaid claims paid by the state that exceed $12 billion.&nbsp; Thu, 23 May 2013 10:27:18 +0000 Gurnal Scott 15859 at http://wunc.org Audit Finds DHHS Did Not Fully Test New Computer System NC Health And Human Services: "Things Are Really Broken" http://wunc.org/post/nc-health-and-human-services-things-are-really-broken <p>State officials say they plan to reform the health department ahead of their budget proposal to the General Assembly.&nbsp; Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos told lawmakers yesterday her priorities are to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and improve her office's computer system.&nbsp; Wos said in committee testimony aired on WRAL.com that she's cleaning up a department whose employees have filled out incomprehensible reports and wasted money through poor communication.<br> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:51:36 +0000 Will Michaels 10403 at http://wunc.org NC Has To Decide About Health Exchanges http://wunc.org/post/nc-has-decide-about-health-exchanges <p>North Carolina has until Friday to decide whether to build its own health exchange or let the federal government run one for the state. It's a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, which seeks to provide health care insurance to everyone. Al Delia is the Acting Secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services. He says whatever path the state chooses, there's a whole series of decisions about infrastructure that need to be made.<br> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 4637 at http://wunc.org