health care costs (page 3)

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    Telemedicine and rural America

    An NPR story from earlier this week highlights the benefits of telemedicine, or telehealth, for those in rural areas of the country: Telehealth turned Jill Hill’s life around. The 63-year-old lives on the edge of rural Grass Valley, an old mining…
    Jordan Roberts, July 11, 2019
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    My response to a Wilmington Star News reader on Medicaid Expansion

    Back on June 26th, the Wilmington Star News published a letter to the editor written by myself which was a response to an editorial by the newspaper which called on North Carolina to expand Medicaid. In the allotted space, I explained that despite…
    Jordan Roberts, July 8, 2019
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    The grim reality of some “non-profit” hospitals

    Earlier this week, I posted on the blog about a hospital CFO touting his hospital system’s monopoly power as a way to extract profitable reimbursement from the insurers in the area. This is a dim reality in the U.S. health care system that is dominated by hospital…
    Jordan Roberts, July 3, 2019
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    The reality of hospital system monopolies

    I write a lot about hospital consolidations and the monopoly problem in health care (See here, here, here, here, and here). It’s widely…
    Jordan Roberts, July 1, 2019
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    Medical drones at WakeMed

    We talk about telemedicine as a way that patients and doctors can access each other at a distance for treatment. But, what about connecting medical facilities with drones? That’s the thought behind WakeMed’s drone connection system they are using to transport blood and urine samples between facilities around Raleigh –…
    Jordan Roberts, June 27, 2019
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    Trump’s new transparency executive order

    Yesterday the President signed an executive order to direct his cabinet agencies to create rules which would increase price transparency in the healthcare sector. The final rules will require hospitals and insurers to disclose their negotiated rates to the public.  Didn’t the Trump Administration already require…
    Jordan Roberts, June 25, 2019
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    UNC Health says payment to dark money group was a mistake

    Nick Ochsner from WBTV reported yesterday that the UNC Health, a state-owned hospital system, used money from its account to pay almost $60,000 to the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) to fund a 501(c)(4) organization called Partners for Innovations in Healthcare: …
    Jordan Roberts, June 25, 2019
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    Medicare and Medicaid: rewarding failure

    David Balat and Dr. Deane Waldman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote an interesting op-ed which discusses some of the problems with government-run health care. In particular, why it’s crazy for Americans to think growing these programs is a good idea. The piece starts off by…
    Jordan Roberts, June 20, 2019