Health Care (page 3)

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    N&O misses the mark on Medicaid expansion claims

    A recent editorial by the News and Observer editorial board detailed 5 “goals” which they believe the NCGA should pursue in 2020. Putting aside the fact that most of this list could be mistaken for a Democratic candidate platform, there was one line that struck me. Goal No. 1, unsurprisingly,…
    Jordan Roberts, January 7, 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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    Too much screen time associated with poorer mental health

    One of the most troubling trends in the health care space in our country is the prevalence of mental health issues among our youngest generations. Disproportionately, Millenials and Generation Z are affected by rising mental health issues and a higher incidence of self-inflicted harm. In previous writings (see…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2019
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    Congress should say no to Unique Patient Identifier

    We live in a world where data privacy is so important because of how many devices collect individual data. There is probably no more important area for data privacy than health care. Our patient records and medical history have incredibly sensitive data for each individual that everyone should…
    Jordan Roberts, December 3, 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