UNC Health Care is waiving the $49 fee on its online urgent care service during Hurricane Florence. It offers basic medical consultations for non-emergency issues such as coughs, fevers, rashes, nausea and bug bites.
Hurricane Florence caused municipal sewage systems and septic tanks to fail, hog lagoons to overflow and threatens to compromise other industrial facilities that could pose a threat to human health. All of these hazards find their way into the flooded waters.
The Wake County school system has hired a company to get more cell towers built at schools. The leases from the new towers would generate money, but critics say the radio frequency waves from the towers are a health risk for students.
North Carolina has among the nation’s highest infant mortality rates and lags the nation in other measures of children’s well-being. For the first time the state is planning to set numerical goals for improvement.
Public Citizen is urging federal regulators to halt a clinical trial on sepsis patients conducted in 44 sites nationwide, including Duke University Medical Center, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina says premiums paid by Affordable Care Act customers in the Triangle will decrease more than 21 percent on average next year because of its new partnership with UNC Health Care.
CBS 17 reporter Kelly Kennedy will take a medical leave from WNCN in Raleigh to get treatment for invasive cervical cancer at Sloan Kettering in New York. Kennedy’s best friend died by suicide in June and her mother has breast cancer.
Morrisville’s TrialCard employed about 450 people last year. It expects to employ at least 1,200 at the end of this year. The company supports drug makers by helping patients get on costly, specialty drugs and pay for those medications.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has asked for a 4.1 percent decrease on the healthcare plans it offers through Obamacare. It also eliminated Duke University Health System and WakeMed Health & Hospitals from its provider network for ACA customers.
The newest health insurer in NC’s Affordable Care Act marketplace, Centene, specializes in government plans like Medicaid and Medicare. It plans to offer its Ambetter plan under Obamacare in Wake, Durham counties.
Led by an increased demand for natural birthing options, Rex Hospital has credentialed its first midwife in over a decade. She in on call 24/7, until more midwives join her in delivering babies using time-tested methods to prevent complications.