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    Stakeholders meet to discuss SAVE Act

    Yesterday afternoon, sponsors of the SAVE Act gathered a stakeholder meeting at the North Carolina General Assembly. The SAVE Act is a piece of legislation that would modernize the regulations that govern advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). More specifically, the bill would remove restrictive collaborative practice agreements that…
    Jordan Roberts, July 13, 2021
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    Do soda taxes reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages?

    A study of the implementation of a soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Oakland, CA suggests that it didn’t.  Here is the abstract of “Oakland’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Impacts on Prices, Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children,” a recent NBER working paper: Several cities in the U.S.
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2019
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    Telemedicine can bridge mental healthcare gaps

    American society often tends to stigmatize those with mental health disorders. While there are several factors that determine one’s overall health, our mental health plays a significant role in mediating physical health. Children and teens, in particular, suffer from a wide range of…
    Jordan Roberts, January 8, 2019
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    United Health Foundation: NC is the 33rd healthiest state

    United Health Foundation recently published America’s Health Rankings.  North Carolina is 33rd in the nation.  Here are the details: Strengths Low prevalence of excessive drinking High percentage of high school graduation High HPV immunization coverage among adolescent males Challenges High incidence of chlamydia High percentage of uninsured population High…
    Terry Stoops, December 12, 2018
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    Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018
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    Health and Human Services Budget in North Carolina

    Health Care Solutions Week: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is made up of thirty divisions and offices, which are categorized under four broad areas: health, human services, administration, and support.  In addition, the department oversees fourteen facilities including developmental centers,…
    Sarah Curry, October 15, 2014
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    Health Reforms Impact on State Budgets

    It isn’t news to anyone that states are having great trouble paying for their current Medicaid programs, even with large Federal contributions. However, the severity to which states are expecting to suffer under federal Health Reform is surprising. A new National Governors Association Fiscal Survey of States released a couple…
    Nicole Fisher, June 20, 2011
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    What’s in the Numbers?

    I’ve been asked many times about the discrepancy in reported and published numbers presented by agencies such as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). People want to know, for example, how one day federal health reform is reported to save the US money and the next day cost billions. Unfortunately…
    Nicole Fisher, March 22, 2011