How Big Is Our Opioid Issue? 3,000 Percent Big.
We’ve written before about North Carolina’s opioid problem. But it’s not just us — there’s good reason to be worried about the whole country. NPR reports that “health care claims for people with opioid dependence diagnoses rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, according to an analysis of insurance records.” (The emphasis is ours, because 3,000 percent is a number everyone should pay attention to.)
Franklin County, You May Get (Part of) Your Hospital Back
Last year, Novant Health closed the only hospital in Franklin County. This year, the facility might reopen. Duke LifePoint and WakeMed have both put in bids to open 18 behavioral health beds, an emergency department, and other services at the site with funds set aside in this year’s budget. We say amen; North Carolina’s shortage of rural doctors is getting worse, and rural hospital closures (three of them in the last six years) really aren’t helping.
We Need More Doctors. This Will Help.
Never say the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels can’t work together. The two universities have just announced the launch of a collaborative, first-of-its-kind program created by some pretty awesome medical and business school students. It’s called MedServe, and it’s geared toward seeding rural and underserved areas of North Carolina with sorely-needed new doctors.
To Expand, or Not to Expand: The Pros and Cons of Medicaid Expansion in NC
Medicaid expansion is a serious topic, and people are passionate about it. We hear a lot about it in the news, but do we fully understand what it means — or what each side of the expansion debate believes?
How Much Did NC Health and Human Services Get in 2016?
Good news for the health and human services sectors in NC: lawmakers exceeded their target $22.2 billion budget for our Department of Health and Human Services this year by about $116 million. One big winner? Medicaid, which reportedly clocked in under budget last year and is working with a surplus of funds.
Free Speech on Campus: NC State Weighs In
So this one’s a bit complicated, but follow us: Until a few weeks ago, NC State had a rule that required campus groups to apply for a permit before passing out flyers or other literature. In a precedent-setting move, they’ve just tossed it out...which means we may be looking at a free-speech reform on campuses across the state.