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Why North Carolina’s Certificate Of Need Law Fails Rural Health Care

Legislative efforts to do away with North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) law took a path less traveled by this short session. If enacted, it would be pretty epic to say that it all began by having a few senators gut a House bill’s language to adopt the bobcat as the state’s “official cat” andContinue Reading

No, Certificate of Need (CON) Doesn’t Slow Health Care Cost Growth

The federal government recognized this 30 years ago, which is why it’s no longer mandatory for states to have Certificate of Need laws. Just look at the chart below: Unfortunately, North Carolina still has its certificate of need law – a law that holds state bureaucrats responsible for limiting the supply of health care resources unlessContinue Reading

North Carolina’s Certificate of Need Law Is One Reason Why Charlotte Health Care Costs Are So High

The government has filed a lawsuit against a hospital system in North Carolina about a problem that the government itself created. Late last week, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) for prohibiting insurance companies from incentivizing their policyholders to seek care atContinue Reading

What The U.S. Health Care System Can Learn From India

Price transparency is still a foreign concept in America’s mainstream health care landscape. But for nations like India, price transparency is mainstream, and it is the driving force behind Dr. Devi Shetty’s relentless passion to provide the highest quality cardiac care to the masses at the lowest possible cost. A “maniac on a mission,” Dr.Continue Reading

Health Care Price Transparency A Driving Force That Helps Indian Hospital Provide Cardiac Care To The Masses

An assessment of India’s health care landscape indicates that it’s ripe with competition. It hosts the fourth-largest number of physicians in the world accompanied by the second-highest number of hospitals at 15,000 and counting. But even with available supply of health care resources and a booming economy since the 1990s, there are critical environmental factorsContinue Reading

Legislation To Adopt State Cat Has Turned Into Certificate of Need Repeal

Yes, you read that title correctly. A bill that was filed in the House to adopt the bobcat as North Carolina’s official state cat has tuned into a full-blown repeal of Certificate of Need by 2021. The amended HB 161 will be heard before the Senate Health committee next Tuesday at 11 am. It’s lookingContinue Reading

Double-Digit Premium Increases For Obamacare Plans A Recurring Theme

Obamacare’s 4th round of Exchange enrollment isn’t too far off. The process comes with plenty of recurring themes. Here’s two for starters: #1: Double-Digit premium increases In a media briefing earlier this week, Brian Tajlili, director of actuarial pricing services with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), announced that the state’s largestContinue Reading

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Looking For Average 18.8% Rate Increase For 2017 Obamacare Plans

In a media briefing this morning, Brian Tajlili, director of actuarial pricing services with BCBS NC, announced that the state’s largest health insurer is asking the Department of Insurance (DOI) for an average 18.8% rate increase for its 2017 Obamacare plans sold in the individual market. The projected rise in premiums is far less than lastContinue Reading

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