Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 5)

  • Surprise Billing Could Get Worse Under Obamacare

    Let’s say that a patient schedules surgery for a knee replacement. The patient makes sure that both the surgeon and the hospital are in-network. But little does he know that the anesthesiologist isn’t. A few weeks later, he is hit with a medical bill for anesthesia at a surprisingly high out-of-network…
    Katherine Restrepo, December 7, 2017
  • Even With Insurance, Patients Are Blindsided By Expensive Medical Bills

    With Thanksgiving in hindsight, it’s that time of year again. Time to renew your health plan, that is. The Affordable Care Act’s 2017 health insurance enrollment period has reached its midpoint, and consumers in North Carolina are facing an average 14 percent rate increase. This comes as no…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 30, 2017
  • Beware of Unintended Consequences of Telemedicine Parity Laws

    This week, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met to discuss a variety of policy issues, including telemedicine. Defined as “delivering health care at a distance,” telemedicine has proven to expedite access to health care for many, especially for people who reside in rural areas where health…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 16, 2017
  • Telemedicine Policy Discussed At Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

    This morning, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met to discuss a variety of policy issues, inclusive of telemedicine. Defined as “delivering health care at a distance,” telemedicine has proven to expedite access to health care for many patients. It’s especially helpful for people…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 14, 2017
  • More Telehealth Options For Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Members

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield policyholders in North Carolina will be given another option to access basic health care services without having to take time off from work to travel to a medical office. Last week, the state’s largest insurer announced a partnership with MDLIVE, a Florida-based telemedicine company…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 13, 2017
  • Bureaucratic Medicine Is Hurting Doctors And Patients

    When medicine is compared to other professions that require extensive education, doctors are at a higher risk of burnout. Specialties like emergency and family medicine are even more likely to suffer. A major factor of burnout is “bureaucratic drag” – a toxic amalgamation of administrative demands that erodes…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 6, 2017
  • Physicians Escaping Bureaucracy

    Since 2000, there has been a 75 percent increase in hospital employment. Smaller practices are selling their practices to larger health systems because it’s difficult for them to stay financially afloat in an era of declining reimbursement rates, changing payer rules, and costly electronic health records (EHRs). In…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 6, 2017
  • There Is An Answer To The Unsolvable Health Care Equation

    “If you take out the government, and you take out the insurance, boop! It’s solved,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a “recovering hospital-employed physician”, was one of many speakers to address an audience of 250 doctors at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando, Florida.
    Katherine Restrepo, November 3, 2017