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The Results Are In: Paladina Health Saves Union County $1.28 Million On Health Care Claims, Benefits Chronically Ill Patients

For those who need a quick explanation of direct primary care, it works like a health care gym membership. In exchange for a membership fee (the industry average monthly payment ranges from $25 to $85), patients have access to around-the-clock primary health care. They can even schedule same-day appointments and longer office visits with their doctors as needed.Continue Reading






Yes, Direct Primary Care Does Benefit Patients With Chronic Health Conditions

Anybody who is in the business of selling the idea of direct primary care (DPC) to patients, employers, or politicians can anticipate the usual pushback that will arise in any Q and A format. “Why would I want to pay twice for health care?” “Are these doctors just cherry-picking patients?” “Is this health care delivery model justContinue Reading






North Carolina Approved For 24 Percent Average Health Insurance Premium Hikes

Last week, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina received final approval to increase the underlying cost of 2017 health insurance premiums by an average of 24 percent. The state’s largest insurer initially sought approval for an 18 percent increase, but needed to re-file its rate request to account for an additional 200,000 enrolleesContinue Reading






CBO Says Medicaid Expansion Will Not Significantly Improve Hospitals’ Bottom Lines

The National Review breaks down the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on assessing Medicaid expansion’s financial impact on hospitals: The report provides several reasons why Medicaid expansion will not cure hospitals’ financial woes. Whereas CBO assumed that exchange plans would reimburse hospitals above their average costs, “Medicaid’s payment rates are below hospitals’ average costs.” MedicaidContinue Reading






#HealthyAdulting Is The New Campaign To Get Young People To #GetCovered

One of the many reasons why the Obamacare exchanges are unsustainable is because not enough young and healthy adults are signing up for health insurance. Low risk policyholders are essential to spreading the risk around in an insurance carrier’s risk pool. In North Carolina, less than 30 percent of people   between the ages ofContinue Reading






Congress Wants To Bring More Consumerism To Health Care

Americans aren’t thrilled with the fact that health care costs continue to eat away at their overall take home pay. For those who have insurance through their jobs, deductibles have risen by an average 12 percent in 2016, or four times more than premium increases. For those who don’t have employer-sponsored health insurance, out ofContinue Reading






Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Will Continue Offering Obamacare Plans Statewide In 2017

See the health insurer’s press release announcement here. With BCBS NC and Cigna as the only health insurance exchange participants for 2017, this is what the state’s non-group insurance market will look like next year:






The Best Book On What’s Wrong With Health Care

In America’s health care sector, patients aren’t the actual customers of care; insurers are. Insurance companies are responsible for buying services from hospitals, physicians, medical equipment providers, and other professionals in the field. Sure, patients who have insurance are subject to out of pocket costs such as co-pays and co-insurance. Deductibles are as high as $6,000Continue Reading






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