Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 9)

  • North Carolina Lawmakers Have Plans To Repeal Certificate Of Need Laws So Patients Can Enjoy Better Access To Health Care

    Patients deserve better access to both life-saving and life-preserving health care treatments. Which means that physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities should be able to invest in their communities to address unmet patient demand for kidney dialysis units, cost-effective surgery centers, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), nursing homes, and much, much,…
    Katherine Restrepo, June 14, 2017
  • More Choices For Patients, Please.

    If a group of physicians want to build a free-standing surgery center, they need state approval. If health care entrepreneurs see an opportunity to build an assisted living/residential care facility, they need state approval. If a hospital wants to invest in a new neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU), it needs state approval. In…
    Katherine Restrepo, June 12, 2017
  • House Holds Press Conference on $22.9 Billion Budget Plan

    The North Carolina House held a press conference this morning on its $22.9 billion budget plan. The Health and Human Services (HHS) portion makes up more than one-fifth of that total amount for fiscal years 2017-18. Some notable items in the HHS section are listed below: NC…
    Katherine Restrepo, June 1, 2017
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina Asking For 23% Premium Increase For 2018

    It’s the fourth consecutive year that the state’s largest insurance company has asked the Department of Insurance (DOI) to approve double-digit premium hikes for policyholders who purchase health insurance on their own. Blue Cross and Blue Shield representatives explained the reasoning behind the 23% rate increase…
    Katherine Restrepo, May 31, 2017
  • Repeal Certificate Of Need: North Carolina Senate Keeps Eye On Prize

    The Senate’s budget proposal plans to phase out North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) law by 2025, but repeal is nowhere to be found in the recent release of the House’s version. It is now a point of contention. My latest post explains how full repeal can help Medicare patients, eye surgeons,…
    Katherine Restrepo, May 25, 2017
  • N.C. Senate Budget Plan Includes Certificate Of Need Repeal

    The North Carolina Senate has just released its $22.9 billion budget plan for fiscal years 2017-2019. The Senate proposed spending $5.2 billion of that total on all Health and Human Services (HHS) functions. This legislative session, lawmakers are using the budget as a vehicle to drive big policy issues.
    Katherine Restrepo, May 11, 2017
  • North Carolina Health Insurance Companies Won’t Be Forced To Offer Telemedicine Services

    For now. HB 283,The Telehealth Fairness Act, would have required insurance companies to pay medical providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise covered during an in-office visit. Telemedicine has proven to be a cost-effective method to deliver care, and 32 other states already have similar…
    Katherine Restrepo, April 5, 2017
  • Want Affordable Health Insurance? Scale Back on Health Benefit Mandates

    Next week, the House health committee is scheduled to discuss HB 283, the Telehealth Fairness Act. If enacted, insurance companies would be forced to reimburse providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise treated in-office. Similar telemedicine bills have been filed in previous sessions, however this version comes with a…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 31, 2017