NC Health Care Media Summit Offers Insights into Health Care Coverage for Reporters

IMG_4959 The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) in cooperation with the North Carolina Press Association and the North Carolina Broadcasters Association hosted the first North Carolina Health Care Media Summit today at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine. The gathering was designed to help reporters understand the complexities of our health care system and to think about how resources are allocated in their own media organizations to educate the public about this important topic.

The first panel, “Health Care Reporting in an Age of Shrinking Newsrooms, the Internet, the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA,” was moderated by Matthew Eisley of Smith Anderson and featured Rose Hoban, NC Health News Network; Mark Binker, WRAL; Jay Price, Raleigh News & Observer;  Sarah Avery, Duke Medicine and Mark Holmes, UNC, Sheps Center.

The second panel, “How to Cover North Carolina’s Coming Health Care Reforms,” was moderated by Melanie Phelps, association executive director of the NCMS Foundation, and brought together various perspectives on the state’s Medicaid reform proposal. Sen. Louis Pate and Rep. Nelson Dollar, both of whom sat on the Governor’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Group, participated; as did Mardy Peal, senior advisor to the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Bo Bobbit of Smith Anderson and Dr. Grace Terrell, CEO of Cornerstone Healthcare in High Point, offered insights into the accountable care organization model and Paul Mahoney from Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) spoke about what infrastructure CCNC offers the state.IMG_4979

WRAL streamed the proceedings live for those who could not make it in person or who were interested in the topic.

Part one: Health Care Reporting in an Age of Shrinking Newsrooms, the Internet, the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA

Part two: How to Cover North Carolina’s Coming Health Care Reforms

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