NCPA Blog: What's On Our Mind

March 6, 2018  Eastpointe Names Hosseini as New Medical Director

Via The Wilson Times

Eastpointe, the behavioral health care system serving Wilson County, has named physician, professor and author Dr. Sid M. Hosseini [NCPA Member] its medical director.

Hosseini, who holds doctor of osteopathic medicine and Ph.D degrees, is an assistant professor and preceptor at Campbell University’s medical school and previously worked as an outpatient and inpatient psychiatrist at Southeastern Regional Mental Health in Lumberton.

Eastpointe announced the medical director appointment in a Friday news release. Hosseini will begin his new position in mid-May.

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February 28, 2018  Behavioral Health Plan Still Needs Refining


DHHS officials delivered a long-awaited strategic plan to lawmakers, but the document is only the first version of a roadmap for remaking North Carolina's mental health system.

Sometime in the coming two years, North Carolina’s Medicaid program will go from being the fee-for-service plan that it’s been for more than 50 years to being run by large managed care companies. And when that happens, the current mental health system is likely to see big changes.

That’s part of the reason the legislature ordered the state Department of Health and Human Services in 2016 to prepare a strategic plan for how the state’s mental health system will evolve and improve services.

This week, state health officials presented their draft plan to lawmakers.

“This is kind of a first step,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Policy Walker Wilson, who admitted the strategic plan is nowhere near done.

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February 16, 2018  APA Joins Other Physician Groups to Demand Action on Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting that killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., APA and four organizations representing 450,000 physicians and medical students called on President Donald Trump and Congress to take meaningful action against gun violence.

Joining with APA were the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians.

“Gun violence is a public health epidemic that is growing in frequency and lethality, and it is taking a toll on our patients,” the groups said in a statement released today. “We urge our national leaders to recognize in this moment what the medical community has long understood: we must treat this epidemic no differently than we would any other pervasive threat to public health. We must identify the causes and take evidence-based approaches to prevent future suffering.”

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