Health Care

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    Hospitals must disclose prices, judge rules

    A federal judge ruled the Department of Health and Human Services’ rule to force hospitals to disclose their negotiated prices with insurers was legal. The rule, introduced last November, was quickly challenged in court by America’s powerful hospital lobby. Michael Brady of Modern Healthcare reported: During …
    Jordan Roberts, June 24, 2020
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    How can hospitals better prepare for a potential second wave of Coronavirus?

    When the Coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., no one knew what to expect. Public health officials weren’t sure what infections, hospitalizations, or deaths would look like in our country compared to others. Now, more than four months into the pandemic in the U.S., we have a much better…
    Jordan Roberts, June 23, 2020
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    Senate bill would protect DPC providers from insurance regulations

    A proposed committee substitute before the Senate Health Committee would protect direct primary care (DPC) providers from having to comply with state health insurance regulations. DPC providers are primary care doctors who do not accept insurance for payment. Instead, they charge each patient a monthly membership for around the…
    Jordan Roberts, May 27, 2020
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    ICYMI: NCGA to consider universal licensure recognition

    In case you missed it during this busy week, a bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate to create a system of universal licensure recognition in North Carolina. In a research brief this week, my colleague Jon Sanders wrote about the components of the bill. Sanders writes,…
    Jordan Roberts, May 22, 2020
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    NC Senate wants DHHS to release more data

    Members of the General Assembly introduced COVID-19 related relief packages this week as a new legislative session begins. Competing bills from the North Carolina House and Senate offer proposals to respond to the coronavirus and provide appropriations for the federal relief money sent to the state from Congress.
    Jordan Roberts, April 30, 2020
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    General Assembly to fund antibody testing

    Senator Phil Berger has announced the North Carolina General Assembly would fund a random sample antibody study among North Carolinians. In a post on Medium.com, Berger’s Press Shop wrote:  Raleigh, N.C. — An antibody study of a representative sample…
    Jordan Roberts, April 14, 2020
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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