Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 3)

  • President Trump Wants To Lower Prescription Drug Prices. Direct Primary Care Doctors Are Already Making That Happen

    As patients age, the number of prescriptions they are on increases. People approaching Medicare eligibility use an average 13 drugs, while those between ages 65 and 79 are on an average of 20. President Trump assured American viewers during last night’s State of the Union address that one of…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 31, 2018
  • The Rise Of Hospital Mergers

    The number of mega-deal hospital merger and acquisitions hit an all-time high last year, and one of those multi-billion dollar transactions features the proposed partnership between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System. Avik Roy, opinion editor at Forbes, explains the hospital consolidation trend with the following flow chart:…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 31, 2018
  • In Other Parts Of The Economy, Mergers Reduce Prices. Not So Much In Health Care.

    North Carolina could be home to one of the largest hospital behemoths in the nation if UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System finalize their partnership agreement. On a combined $14 billion operating budget, the two systems manage 50 hospitals and employ 90,000 people. The public has lots…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 31, 2018
  • Job Shortages Trigger Other Shortages, Like Health Care.

    This week, The Wall Street Journal featured a story about rural North Carolina’s perpetual economic struggle. Not even lucrative taxpayer-backed incentive packages can hard sell mega companies like Toyota, Mazda, or Foxconn to settle in the state. While the article focused only on economic development, it certainly brings up…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 24, 2018
  • In A Single-Payer System, Patients Don’t Have A ‘Right’ To Health Care

    Over on the West Coast, The California Nurses Association is demanding for state lawmakers to revive SB 652, a bill that would transform California into a single-payer health care system. California Healthline reports the details in this morning’s news: A few hundred of the union’s members and supporters, dressed…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 19, 2018
  • Let Dental Therapists Practice In North Carolina

    Looking at North Carolina’s health care landscape, dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) are just as severe as HPSAs for primary care and mental health providers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the state needs 305 more dentists (1 per 5,000 people) in the following locations:     Dental…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 18, 2018
  • Big Data Has Big Goals For NC Medicaid Program

    If you’re a health care provider that treats Medicaid patients, then you’re going to have to share their medical information with the state. Collecting data on Medicaid patients is all part of North Carolina’s intent to get a better handle on reducing duplicative services and improving health outcomes. And it’s…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 17, 2018
  • Big Agenda Agenda For Today’s Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

    If you’re interested in tuning into this morning’s Health and Human Services (HHS) committee meeting, it’s still going strong. Click here to access the audio. Today’s topics that have been discussed so far are: Get your flu shot! This year’s prevalence rate is slightly above last year,…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 16, 2018