Health Care

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    Thought experiment: Could a floating hospital be used during the next pandemic?

    A lighter post for your Friday… Twitter usually is good for negativity, and people lobbing insults at each other. However, the other night while I was scrolling through the website, I came across a particularly interesting article. The article discusses a concept that I have never heard of:…
    Jordan Roberts, April 3, 2020
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    New England Patriots’ team plane used to transport N95 masks

    Health policy and the NFL are two of my favorite topics. Very rarely do the two coverage in such a way that I could write about them on the Locker Room Blog. But during a time as strange as the current one, an opportunity has presented itself. Americans following the…
    Jordan Roberts, April 2, 2020
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    CMS relaxes more regulations to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    At both the state and federal level, much of the coronavirus policy response has focused on deregulatory efforts to assist the effort of frontline health care workers. Lawmakers and state leaders around the country have relaxed regulations on things like certificate of need laws…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Hospitals to receive advanced Medicare payments

    Hospitals around the country are preparing to handle the onslaught of patients who need care due to the spreading coronavirus. Some hospitals, like those in New York, are already facing a massive wave of patients needing high-intensity care. One of the ways that hospitals have prepared themselves is to cancel…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Large sum secured for hospitals in coronavirus relief package

    Things could still change, but as of mid-day on Wednesday, it seems that the Congressional relief package for coronavirus response is all but done. Hospitals and the rest of the health care system have a large earmark, The legislation will also invest $150 billion in the health care system,…
    Jordan Roberts, March 25, 2020
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    CMS approves North Carolina Medicaid Waiver

    Last week, North Carolina asked the federal government to waive some Medicaid regulations. On Monday, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved North Carolina’s Medicaid Section 1135 Waiver: Your communication to CMS on March 17, 2020, detai1ed a number of federal Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program…
    Jordan Roberts, March 24, 2020
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    Supreme Court to hear ACA challenge

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court said that it would take up California v. Texas, a case regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. For weeks it has been unclear whether the Court would take up the case. Now the case has…
    Jordan Roberts, March 3, 2020
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    Large employers should try reference pricing before regulation

    An article from Harris Meyer at Modern Healthcare reported that large businesses, fed up with high provider rates, are becoming increasingly open to provider rate regulation:  Frustrated with rising provider prices, nearly three quarters of self-insured employers favor hospital rate regulation,…
    Jordan Roberts, February 21, 2020