US Appeals Court backs WakeMed in fight over car crash victims’ benefits

A unanimous federal Appeals Court panel has upheld a lower court’s ruling favoring WakeMed in a dispute with car crash victims. Appellate judges ruled that the hospital did not deceive patients when asking them to sign certain forms in exchange for treatment.

CJ Staff

Legalizing medical marijuana is first bill filed in NC Senate

Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, has filed the NC Compassionate Care Act (S. B. 3), a bill that legalizes medical marijuana. It was the first bill filed in North Carolina’s state Senate on Wednesday, the first day of bill filing. Sens. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, and Paul Lowe, D-Forsyth are also primary sponsors. Earlier this year,...

Alex Baltzegar

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Cutting out the medical middle man

A trend, known as "direct primary care," is currently experiencing a boom, as are the dental-practice membership plans. According to Business Wire, between 2017 and 2021, direct primary care experienced 241% growth in memberships and 159% growth in clinicians setting up practices. This suggests not only do doctors love not having to hire people to haggle with CMS or insurance companies over every service they perform, but patients also love not having to worry about co-pays and confusing bill statements.

David Larson

Lawsuit: Big Media and Big Tech conspired to block COVID news

An anti-trust lawsuit was filed this week against legacy media giants and big tech companies for their collusive agreement to shut down anti-vaccine coverage during the height of the COVID pandemic. Associated Press, Reuters, BBC, Washington Post, Meta, Microsoft, and Google censored coverage questioning the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines.

Donna King

Folwell backs decision to award Aetna the State Health Plan contract

North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell said Tuesday the decision to go with Aetna as the third-party administrator for the State Health Plan was in the best interest of plan members. During his monthly “Ask Me Anything” Q&A conference call with reporters, Folwell emphasized that neither North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield, nor incoming Aetna, have ever been the actual insurer for the SHP, but rather the administrator of it.

Theresa Opeka