health care reform

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    7th-grade students write in support for pending CON application

    Readers of the Locker Room know how our organization feels about certificate of need (CON) laws. These laws are anticompetitive, infringe on economic rights, and fail to hold down the rising…
    Jordan Roberts, February 11, 2020
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    Nurse Practitioner workforce is growing

    The nurse practitioner (NP) workforce is growing in the United States. A new study published in Health Affairs looked at the growth rate of the profession since 2010:  The number of FTE NPs in the US…
    Jordan Roberts, February 5, 2020
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    Michigan to allow remote pharmacies

    Patients in Michigan will now be able to pick up prescriptions at remote pharmacies:  LANSING — People will be able to pick up prescriptions at certain pharmacies in Michigan that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
    Jordan Roberts, January 29, 2020
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    A Win for Patient Data Privacy

    I recently posted on the blog about a letter I signed on to encouraging Congress to continue a prohibition on any federal funds going towards the creation of a unique patient identifier. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post on what is the UPI: A UPI would assign…
    Jordan Roberts, December 18, 2019
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    Benefits of dental therapy

    A recently published article in Inside Dentistry by Frank Catalanotto describes the benefits of dental therapy:  Dental therapists help dentists provide quality oral healthcare to more patients. A literature review of 1,100 studies and evaluations assessed dental…
    Jordan Roberts, December 18, 2019
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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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    AHP lawsuit is hurting Americans

    It’s no secret that many individuals and small businesses struggle to afford health insurance. One result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the regulations placed on small business and individual insurance inflated the prices of plans significantly.  Association health plans…
    Jordan Roberts, November 25, 2019
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    Trump administration’s new transparency rule

    Last week the Trump administration announced it would begin forcing hospitals to publically disclose the rates in which they negotiate with insurers.  I wrote about this on the blog back when the administration was mulling the idea. Now we have the final rule. …
    Jordan Roberts, November 19, 2019