Perdue proposes reduction in charity care
Perdue proposes reduction in charity care
UNC Hospitals is a 803-bed facility that serves more than 37,000 people in the Southeast every year. It houses the N.C. Children’s Hospital as well as the N.C. Women’s Hospital. In addition to that, the hospital offers specialized patient care services such as the Diabetes Care Center, the Rehabilitation Center, the Comprehensive Transplant Center and more. UNC houses the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the United States.
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A dispute concerning rising health care costs might lead to the termination of a contract between UNC Hospitals and an insurance provider early next month, leaving thousands of patients in the lurch. UNC has raised the costs of service far beyond what Aetna’s patients might be able to pay, said Walt Cherniak, spokesman for the Connecticut-based insurance agency.
Merging their interests in medical technology and less invasive surgical methods, Dr. Anand Germanwala and Dr. Adam Zanation decided to remove a female patient’s aneurysm through her nose instead of the traditional open-brain surgery.
A partnership announced Tuesday between UNC Hospitals and the state’s largest insurance provider will bring 5,000 more primary care beds to the Triangle region.
The tall Haitian man, who looked to be in his 20s, wore a flash drive around his neck. In the months following the earthquake that devastated the Haitian population one year ago today, the flash drive held the only memories the man had left of those he had lost.
A dispute between UNC Hospitals and the private WakeMed Health and Hospitals is no closer to a resolution after a late December meeting. WakeMed requested financial information regarding UNC Hospitals’ charity care expenses and its private subsidiary Rex Hospitals in November, but UNC has still not responded.
After reporting high charity care losses for the year, UNC Hospitals has come under fire for the validity of its reports.
UNC Health Care and Novant Health are both in the running to receive approval for new expansion projects.
Two health systems located one county apart could not possibly have more divergent views than UNC Health Care and WakeMed. And if the providers do not work out their differences soon, it’s the well-being of the local health system that stands to suffer.
WakeMed Health and Hospitals is requesting UNC Hospitals to stop its “predatory behavior” in partnering with profitable private physicians’ practices across the state. They are also calling into question the amount of charity care UNC reports and the role of UNC-owned Rex Hospital in Wake County.
The UNC Supportive Care Consult Service and Clinic received recognition in the November issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice for an outpatient team approach that produces significant improvements in symptoms resulting from cancer or its treatment.
In March 2008, Lori and Matt Sames received the worst news a parent can imagine: their three-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. Now, their hope lies with Steven Gray, a researcher at UNC’s Gene Therapy Center, who believes that with appropriate resources a cure is within reach. Hannah, the Sames’ youngest daughter, was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy, or GAN, after their pediatric neurologist stumbled upon the rare disease in a medical textbook.
The ground breaking of a new UNC Hospitals facility in Hillsborough is planned to begin in February after the settlement of a major roadblock. Construction of the new branch’s physicians’ offices will precede that of the hospital portion of the facility, which won’t begin until as late as 2014 as a result of the settlement of an appeal, said Margaret Hauth, town of Hillsborough planning director.
A prisoner receiving medical treatment was arrested Tuesday after police say he escaped from UNC Hospitals, stole a campus police car and led officers on a high-speed pursuit. Farley Linford Bernard, 46, was arrested on Interstate 40 westbound at about 1:30 p.m. after wrecking the police cruiser near Mebane, in Alamance County.
UNC Hospitals is affiliating with Wake Heart and Vascular Associates to expand its specialist network and potentially help make up for charity care expenses in the future.
The National Cancer Institute recently awarded a $12 million partnership grant to UNC-CH and N.C. Central University. The grant is one of three types of partnerships established by NCI to reduce cancer health disparities in minorities.
In an effort to increase enrollment and improve clinical education, the UNC School of Medicine announced Tuesday that it will expand to two regional schools in Asheville and Charlotte. The expansion is intended to address the anticipated shortage of physicians in coming years, as the American Association of Medical Colleges predicts that the number of physicians will decline by 30 percent in the next decade.