DHHS Highlights Youth Mental Health First Aid as part of Mental Health Awareness Month
by DHHS COMMUNICATIONS
MAY 13, 2014
Secretary Wos meets with the Youth Mental Health First Aid class and partners from Cardinal Innovations.
Henderson, N.C. - As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos and Deputy Secretary David Richard today recognized the newest group of Youth Mental Health First Aid trainees. During a two-day training session, the 21 participants learn to recognize the signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions in young people.
According to recent surveys conducted in North Carolina, more than 14% of high school students and 20% of middle school students have considered suicide.
Mobile Hospital Becomes Temporary Medical Center
by DHHS COMMUNICATIONS
MAY 20, 2014
DHHS' Dr. Lewellyn Stringer, National Mobile Disaster Hospital project manager, middle, leads FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, left, and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, right, for a tour of the temporary medical center in Louisville, Miss.
LOUISVILLE, Miss. - The National Mobile Disaster Hospital that deployed from North Carolina on May 1 to tornado-ravaged Louisville, Miss., opened Monday to patients. The opening was greeted by fanfare and a walk-through by Gov. Philip Bryant and federal, state and local dignitaries.
The site has become the temporary medical care center for the community of 19,000. It is expected to be in operation for 12 to 18 months while reconstruction is under way for the Winston County 41-bed hospital and the eight of the community's nine medical offices that were damaged or destroyed in the EF4 tornado that struck on April 28.
Medicaid Reform in North Carolina
MAY 12, 2014
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Governor Pat McCrory's administration is taking a new approach to overhauling the state's most expensive health care program. Medicaid serves approximately 1.8 million low-income parents, children, seniors and people with disabilities. McCrory had previously rolled out a model that would've probably put a few insurance companies in charge of managing the program. But after many in North Carolina's medical community made it clear they didn't like that approach, the governor has changed course and submitted a new plan to the General Assembly, with the hopes of getting it passed in the short legislative session that starts this week. We take a closer look at Medicaid in North Carolina and what the new plan would mean for patients, providers and taxpayers, when Charlotte Talks.
Health Officials Approve Proposed Rule Requiring Meningitis Vaccine
by Jessica Jones, WUNC
MAY 17, 2014
State health officials have approved a measure that would require rising 7th graders to receive the meningitis vaccine.
One more administrative step is required before the vaccination would become mandatory. The vaccine is for meningitis and other meningococcal diseases. Bacterial meningitis is most common in people between the ages of 15 and 21, but only about half of thi state's teenagers currently receive the vaccination.
Fire safety education for #OlderAmericans for a Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow
MAY 20, 2014
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With the 60 and older population increasing and the trend leaning toward the average North Carolinian aging in place, the risks of injury and death related to fire is growing.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, on average, more than 900 Americans age 65 and older die in fires and people over the age of 85 die in fires at a rate five times higher than the rest of the population.
Medicaid providers gain access to reams of patient data with an eye on cutting costs
by Jason deBruyn, Triangle Business Journal
MAY 14, 2014
Thanks to an agreement announced Tuesday, Medicaid providers will have access to reems of patient data, giving them not only important health information about their patients, but hopefully reducing duplicative services and ideally reducing costs.
State leaders and health experts applauded the agreement as the first step toward Medicaid reform, though cautioned that many more steps must follow before North Carolina reaches meaningful reform of its $13 billion Medicaid system, which provides health insurance coverage to the states poorest women, children, elderly and disabled.
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