News and information about health, health care, health care policy from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett said he believes the health department has a culture problem. He said on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks the delayed notification of nearly 200 women with abnormal Pap smear results is an indication of a larger issue.

Charlotte Observer

Next week we will get more insight into proposed fixes for the troubled Mecklenburg County Health Department. Recommendations will be made to a committee looking into the department’s problems. The interim health director has been on the job a little less than two weeks. Gibbie Harris takes over the department as it struggles to rebuild trust after failing to notify nearly 200 women about their abnormal Pap smear results.  

The nurse who conducted an internal review of the Mecklenburg County Health Department suggested problems with patient care are worse than expected. The Charlotte Observer obtained e-mails from the nurse raising significant concerns about patient safety.

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Two of the biggest health care systems in the Charlotte area started sharing patient records Wednesday. The partnership between Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health will include about nine million patients.

Alex Olgin / WFAE

The health care legislation in front of the Senate could allow states to redefine what insurance covers. And that could mean returning to the days of lifetime limits – that’s a cap on how insurers will pay certain expensive patients.  

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare.

A key component of the bill deals with Medicaid, the federal program to provide health insurance to the poor and disabled.

A lab technician handles water samples at Charlotte Water's laboratory off Billy Graham Parkway.
David Boraks / WFAE

Mecklenburg County's drinking water met federal standards for safety and quality again last year. That's according to the annual report out from Charlotte Water. 

Sarah Delia / WFAE

Women haven’t always given birth in hospitals. In fact, it wasn’t all that long ago that babies were delivered at home with the help of a midwife. The practice of midwifery never really went away, but blended into the background with the rise of hospitals. What midwifery looks like now varies from state to state and it’s a source of contention in the North Carolina General Assembly. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

North Carolina's largest health insurer is looking to raise premiums for its Obamacare plans by an average of 23 percent. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina sent the rate hike request to state regulators Thursday.

A big reason for the increase: efforts to end Obamacare.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Mark James / Charlotte Observer

Hoarding $70 million in Medicaid money that should be spent on patients while spending lavishly on CEO pay and luxury board retreats. These are just some of the findings laid out in a state audit of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. The company says the spending is justified.