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    Idaho facing crowd out after Medicaid expansion

    Medicaid expansion has been one of the most intensely debated topics at the North Carolina General Assembly this session. My colleagues and I at the John Locke Foundation believe this would be a financially reckless move, which would do nothing for the root causes of why people…
    Jordan Roberts, January 10, 2020
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    Telemedicine can help with chronic disease management

    Yesterday on the blog, I wrote about a doctor in North Carolina who treated an astronaut at the International Space Station via telemedicine. This example shows just the potential of telemedicine in the U.S. health care system. Another area that telemedicine has the…
    Jordan Roberts, January 9, 2020
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    NC doc treats patient at International Space Station via telemedicine

    Recently a doctor treated someone via telemedicine in space from earth. Yes, you read that right. As an article from Forbes describes, a doctor from North Carolina treated an astronaut on the international space station for a blood clot:  No, it wasn’t a trip to…
    Jordan Roberts, January 8, 2020
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    N&O misses the mark on Medicaid expansion claims

    A recent editorial by the News and Observer editorial board detailed 5 “goals” which they believe the NCGA should pursue in 2020. Putting aside the fact that most of this list could be mistaken for a Democratic candidate platform, there was one line that struck me. Goal No. 1, unsurprisingly,…
    Jordan Roberts, January 7, 2020
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    Atrium, Novant fight over CON

    It’s hard not to laugh while reading the following excerpt from an article on CON laws from the Charlotte Observer:  Atrium Health and Novant Health agreed on one thing at a public hearing on Monday — Mecklenburg County needs more acute…
    Jordan Roberts, December 17, 2019
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    Too much screen time associated with poorer mental health

    One of the most troubling trends in the health care space in our country is the prevalence of mental health issues among our youngest generations. Disproportionately, Millenials and Generation Z are affected by rising mental health issues and a higher incidence of self-inflicted harm. In previous writings (see…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2019
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    More troubling youth mental health numbers

    One of the most startling trends in American health care is the rate at which adolescents are seeking care for mental health issues. New data reported by Kaiser Health News reveals that California is experiencing a sharp increase in emergency room…
    Jordan Roberts, November 12, 2019
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    Doctor On Demand and Walmart team up to provide primary care

    Last week Walmart and Doctor on Demand announced a massive primary care telemedicine deal for Walmart employees. An article in HealthLeaders elaborates:  The new partnership between Walmart and Doctor On Demand features an innovative approach to…
    Jordan Roberts, November 11, 2019