Jordan Roberts

Health Policy Analyst

Posts by Jordan Roberts (page 5)

  • New research identifies potential Medicare savings

    A recent paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that long-term care hospitals (LTCH) are responsible for a large amount of wasted healthcare spending and no significant increase in mortality outcomes: We…
    Jordan Roberts, August 28, 2018
  • ACA premiums will shrink for some

    For the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some North Carolina residents who purchase health insurance through the insurance exchanges will see a decrease in their premium by an average rate of 4.1 percent. Unfortunately, not all the purchasers of ACA plans will get…
    Jordan Roberts, August 24, 2018
  • Health execs see telemedicine’s future impact

    A recent survey shows that telemedicine is on the minds of healthcare executives. Reaction Data, a research firm that specializes in global healthcare provider, payer, and life sciences industries, conducted the survey of 97 healthcare executives on the topic of market disruption. About…
    Jordan Roberts, August 23, 2018
  • Time to unchain telemedicine

    John Goodman discussed in Forbes the reasons why he believes telemedicine hasn’t been utilized more by the healthcare sector: The biggest obstacles? Government. Insurance companies. Employers. They pay the bills. Not only have they been slow to take advantage of…
    Jordan Roberts, August 22, 2018
  • Nebraska to offer DPC option in health plan

    Beginning in 2019, Nebraska’s state employees will have the option to enroll in a Direct Primary Care (DPC) benefit plan. The governor signed Legislative Bill 1119 back in April, which set up the DPC pilot program for three years. DPC does not accept…
    Jordan Roberts, August 20, 2018
  • Big Companies Try to Improve Care Through Direct Contracts

    General Motors (GM) will soon offer employees a new health benefit. It is part of an emerging trend of large employers contracting directly with health care providers who offer coverage for just about any type of medical service an employee may need, following the lead of small companies…
    Jordan Roberts, August 17, 2018
  • Mental Health Patients Could Benefit from Telemedicine

    Rachel Z. Ardnt writes in an article in Modern Health about the potential benefits of integrating telemedicine into treatment for patients with behavioral and mental health issues: But digital tools are opening up more vantage points and providers are gaining new insights into their patients’ mental and emotional states—which…
    Jordan Roberts, August 15, 2018
  • FCC Initiative Aims to Extend Healthcare Access

    The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted to approve a Notice of Inquiry which would move forward a plan to launch a “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The program would allocate $100 million for new telehealth initiatives that would promote “connected care” for low-income and…
    Jordan Roberts, August 14, 2018