health care reform

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    CON reform moving

    Certificate of Need reform in the North Carolina General Assembly saw some movement last night. House Bill 126, which was rewritten to include CON reform, passed out of the Senate Health Committee and was sent to the Rules Committee. The NC Senate is…
    Jordan Roberts, July 16, 2019
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    Managed care rollout threatened by budget stalemate

    The Governor and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly both have their feet dug in on the budget battle. The fiscal year ended at the end of June and North Carolina currently does not have a budget for the new biennium (FY 2019-21).   The Senate…
    Jordan Roberts, July 10, 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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    Health care in a retail store?

    Whether you are ready for it or not, retail health care is an emerging sector of the health care market. The looming Aetna and CVS merger shines a light on what this could mean for the future of how Americans access health care. The Justice Department approved the…
    Jordan Roberts, June 5, 2019
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    Doctors Have a Big Problem. Direct Primary Care Can Help.

    It is a staggering problem with potentially fatal results. Fortune reports on the need to address physician burnout. About 1 in 10 doctors reported that they had made a major medical error in the prior three months in a national survey of over 6,000 American doctors just…
    Donna Martinez, July 11, 2018
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    Certificate-Of-Need Law Strikes Again

    From the Raleigh News & Observer comes another example of how a state requirement called “Certificate of Need” limits competition and access to care. WakeMed’s $60 million plan to expand its Cary hospital could stall or never happen if crosstown rival UNC Rex Healthcare has its way. Rex contends…
    Donna Martinez, December 7, 2017
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    Want Access to Medical Care at a Lower Price? Yes, It’s Possible

    JLF’s Katherine Restrepo joined “Capital Tonight” for a discussion of what comes next in the effort to reform and improve our health care system. Find out why she likes the idea of “direct primary care.” Would DPC work for you?  …
    Donna Martinez, August 1, 2017
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    What’s in the Senate Health Reform Plan?

    Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the recently unveiled U.S. Senate health care reform plan. Kokai offered these comments during the June 23, 2017, edition of UNC-TV’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.” Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, June 26, 2017