Health Care (page 3)

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    The reality of hospital system monopolies

    I write a lot about hospital consolidations and the monopoly problem in health care (See here, here, here, here, and here). It’s widely…
    Jordan Roberts, July 1, 2019
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    UNC Health CFO signed off on payment to dark money group

    Earlier this week I posted on the blog about a report from WBTV’s Nick Ochsner detailing some documents which showed that UNC Health, a state-owned hospital, had paid nearly $60,000 in taxpayer money to fund a dark money group which represents hospital interests…
    Jordan Roberts, June 28, 2019
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    Medical drones at WakeMed

    We talk about telemedicine as a way that patients and doctors can access each other at a distance for treatment. But, what about connecting medical facilities with drones? That’s the thought behind WakeMed’s drone connection system they are using to transport blood and urine samples between facilities around Raleigh –…
    Jordan Roberts, June 27, 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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    UNC Health says payment to dark money group was a mistake

    Nick Ochsner from WBTV reported yesterday that the UNC Health, a state-owned hospital system, used money from its account to pay almost $60,000 to the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) to fund a 501(c)(4) organization called Partners for Innovations in Healthcare: …
    Jordan Roberts, June 25, 2019
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    Medicare and Medicaid: rewarding failure

    David Balat and Dr. Deane Waldman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote an interesting op-ed which discusses some of the problems with government-run health care. In particular, why it’s crazy for Americans to think growing these programs is a good idea. The piece starts off by…
    Jordan Roberts, June 20, 2019
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    New KFF poll: Many Americans unclear about effects of “Medicare-for-all”

    A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll for June 2019 was recently released, and there are some interesting results. Most of the polling only focuses on Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters; however, there are some results which look across the partisan spectrum. Survey respondents were asked, “Do you think taxes for…
    Jordan Roberts, June 18, 2019
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    Medicaid fraud scheme uncovered in Greensboro

    The best description I have heard of for describing Medicaid and Medicare fraud is it’s like playing whack-a-mole: you can find one bad actor and then three more pop up. Fraudsters can fairly easily defraud Medicaid and Medicare if they want to. I have posted about this…
    Jordan Roberts, June 17, 2019