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House Committee Hands Big Pharma a Gift: Legal Immunity for Bad Drugs

Mar22

RALEIGH, N.C., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ Rep. Johnathan Rhyne, Republican Chairman of the NC House Select Committee on Tort Reform, today launched an assault on patients rights, adding provisions to favor insurance companies and drug manufacturers to a controversial Senate bill. As summarized by the NC Advocates for Justice, the House bill includes:1.) Immunity for […]

Hospital systems disclose salaries [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Jan26

Jan. 27Carolinas HealthCare System paid its CEO $3.7 million in 2010, $287,000 more than the year before as the system lifted a pay freeze and paid bonuses for reaching annual and long-term goals.Chief Executive Officer Michael Tarwater, 57, who has led the $6.3 billion public hospital system for nine years, received a base salary of […]

Presbyterian Orthopaedic pays $638,000 to settle government claims of Medicare fraud [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Jan4

Jan. 04Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital in Charlotte is one of seven U.S. hospitals that have agreed to pay more than $6.3 million to settle allegations they submitted false claims to Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.The settlements resolve allegations that the hospitals overcharged Medicare from 2000 to 2008 when performing kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure […]

State board sanctions Charlotte-area doctors [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Oct19

Oct. 20Dr. David Martin Cook, medical director of Lakeside Family Physicians in Cornelius, has been reprimanded by the N.C. Medical Board for having "an intimate and inappropriate relationship" with a patient.Cook, 46, recently signed a consent order acknowledging the relationship and agreeing to attend a course on "maintaining proper boundaries" at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.The […]

Presbyterian seeks psychiatric beds [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Oct19

Oct. 20Presbyterian Hospital has applied for state approval to add 15 beds for behavioral health services, raising its total to 75 beds for mental health care at the Hawthorne Lane hospital.The new beds would be transferred from Broughton Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Morganton that is operated by the N.C. Department of Health and Human […]

Presbyterian seeks psychiatric beds [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Oct18

Oct. 19Presbyterian Hospital has applied for state approval to add 15 beds for behavioral health services raising its total to 75 beds for mental health care at the Hawthorne Lane hospital.The new beds would be transferred from Broughton Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Morganton that is operated by the N.C. Department of Health and Human […]

Implanted telescope lets her see again: Following clinical trial that included Charlottean, FDA approves device to combat macular degeneration. [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Jul9

July 10People suffering from severe age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in older adults, will soon have a way to see again with a tiny telescope implanted in their eye.The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved VisionCare’s CentraSight telescope for people 75 and older who have not had their cataracts […]

Charity care spending rises 12% at CHS: Carolinas HealthCare System CFO says it’s expected in this economy. [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Jun15

Jun. 16Compared to a year ago, the cost of caring for patients who can’t pay their medical bills rose 12percent to $152 million at Carolinas HealthCare System, hospital system officials said Tuesday."That’s one of the highest increases we’ve ever had," said Greg Gombar, chief financial officer for the region’s largest health care provider.But he said […]

How the mental health system works [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

Jun12

Jun. 13Funded mainly by tax dollars, Mecklenburg County’s Area Mental Health department contracts with dozens of organizations to help those with psychiatric problems.The largest contractor is CMC-Randolph, a 66-bed psychiatric hospital housed in a county-owned building off Billingsley Road. The hospital, which primarily serves less-affluent patients, receives about $20 million in government money each year […]

Doctor to mentally ill: Take charge of your lives [The Charlotte Observer, N.C.]

May7

May 8Suffering from bipolar depression, Michael Fuller spent most of his high school years in an old-fashioned mental hospital.He’d undergone shock therapy dozens of times, to little avail. He was just shy of his 18th birthday in 1972 when a doctor told his mother he would spend much of his life in psychiatric hospitals."He had […]