Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 7)

  • More Regulation In Health Care Isn’t Needed For Telemedicine To Thrive

    While a majority of state legislatures have passed laws that force private health insurance companies to cover health care services delivered through telemedicine, North Carolina is not one of those states. It doesn’t need to be. Whether private payers reimburse medical professionals for delivering health care at a distance,…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 4, 2017
  • More Reasons Why Telemedicine Pairs Well With Direct Primary Care

    Unlike primary care physicians that accept insurance, direct primary care (DPC) doctors aren’t waiting around for the American Medical Association (AMA) to expand the number of health insurance billing codes that pay for telemedicine services. Bypassing the complexities associated with health insurance contracts lets DPC doctors be flexible in how they…
    Katherine Restrepo, September 18, 2017
  • Telemedicine Pairs Well With Direct Primary Care

    Thanks to telemedicine, a surging number of medical professionals are effectively delivering health care to patients over long distances. Physicians are saving patients time and money by substituting an in-office visit with a virtual encounter via phone, tablet, or computer for common ailments. Hospitals are staffing “command centers” with…
    Katherine Restrepo, September 11, 2017
  • Don’t Force Insurance Companies To Pay For Telemedicine Services

    For the convenience that telemedicine offers without compromising the quality of care, some medical providers are still resistant to adopting the practice because certain services don’t always come with insurance reimbursement. Such pushback is one of the reasons why 32 state legislatures have passed parity laws or statutes…
    Katherine Restrepo, August 23, 2017
  • More Large Employers Offering Telemedicine Services To Their Employees

    Tracing back to the late 1800s, telemedicine has had far reaching effects on patient care. The invention of the telephone allowed for physicians to begin resolving patient consults at a distance, saving them from making unnecessary house visits. Fast forward one hundred and twenty years, and this method of health care treatment isn’t all…
    Katherine Restrepo, August 14, 2017
  • North Carolina Medicaid Waiver Considering Medicaid Expansion

    North Carolina is on track to reform its Medicaid program from one that pays physicians based on the number of services they deliver to patients to one in which commercial managed care companies will pay providers a defined amount of money per month to cover their patients’ medical needs. The Department…
    Katherine Restrepo, August 10, 2017
  • North Carolina DHHS Plans to Submit Amended Medicaid Waiver In Fall 2017

    Yesterday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced plans to modify the state’s Medicaid Reform proposal that was submitted for federal approval last June.  Medicaid, the public health insurance program that offers medical assistance to low-income children, adults, pregnant women, elderly and disabled, covers 2 million people…
    Katherine Restrepo, August 9, 2017
  • North Carolina Has Plans To Integrate Behavioral and Physical Health Care For Medicaid Patients

    This morning, North Carolina DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen presented an overview on proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid Reform plan that has yet to be approved by the federal government. Medicaid, the state-federal funded public health insurance program, offers medical assistance to over 2 million low income-children, parents, pregnant women, the…
    Katherine Restrepo, August 8, 2017