Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 2)

  • North Carolina is a Net Importer of Physicians

    Health care experts are calling for more transparency in how tax dollars are being spent on physician residency programs. North Carolina ranks 5th in the nation in the amount of graduate medical education (GME) funding it receives, yet the state is an overall net importer of doctors. “I’m…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 20, 2018
  • This Week, Lawmakers Continue To Discuss The Widening Rural-Urban Health Care Divide

    Telemedicine, graduate medical education (GME) reforms, and allowing for nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their training. These are just a few of the health care reforms state lawmakers are considering that could help ameliorate the widening rural-urban health care divide. My…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 16, 2018
  • Removing Professional Barriers For Nurse Practitioners Could Help Rural Health Care Gaps

    If an NP wants to practice in North Carolina, he/she must establish a collaborative practice agreement with a physician that outlines practice parameters for patient management and prescribing authorities, as well as describing how the providers will interact. Interestingly enough, NPs don’t have to be in the same geographic…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 16, 2018
  • There Is No Doctor Shortage In North Carolina…

    …physicians just aren’t choosing to practice in sparsely populated towns. While the supply of physicians is increasing across North Carolina, only five percent of family doctors relocated to rural areas of the state after graduating from their residency program between 2008 and 2011. The chart below, presented by Dr. Erin Fraher…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 13, 2018
  • Aetna Under Investigation

    Any physician will tell you that prior authorizations – the process to get an insurance company’s approval (or denial) for an MRI, prescription drugs, and life saving treatments – are annoying and take away time from patient care. According to Medical Economics, as much as 25 percent of a medical…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 13, 2018
  • Compared To Other States, North Carolina’s Telemedicine Rules Are Less Restrictive

    Telemedicine is a burgeoning industry that’s reshaping health care delivery, particularly in rural areas. After looking into telemedicine’s regulatory landscape, it looks like North Carolina’s telemedicine rules are less restrictive compared to other states. According to the state medical board and other resources:  An i…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 8, 2018
  • Thanks To The Government, Big Hospital Systems Keep Getting Bigger

    The past few months have been abuzz with questions about how patients will be impacted by the Carolinas-UNC Health Care merger. As of yesterday, another hospital system in Georgia has announced that it plans to join the mix. I’ve written before that mergers in other parts of the…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 8, 2018
  • Do Hospital Mergers Increase Health Care Costs?

    The public has lots of questions about the proposed partnership between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System. How will this mega-marriage impact its workforce? Will UNC patients have access to services they didn’t have beforehand? Will Carolinas HealthCare patients enjoy access to treatments that were previously unavailable? How will the…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 6, 2018