Health Care (page 5)

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    Managed care rollout threatened by budget stalemate

    The Governor and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly both have their feet dug in on the budget battle. The fiscal year ended at the end of June and North Carolina currently does not have a budget for the new biennium (FY 2019-21).   The Senate…
    Jordan Roberts, July 10, 2019
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    Finding solutions to the problem of unaffordable health insurance

    The House Health Committee is scheduled to consider HB 655, Health Care for Working Families, tomorrow morning. First, kudos to the leadership for bringing this issue forward and to members for participating in the discussion.  The governor is strongly in favor of Medicaid expansion. Many progressive House and Senate members…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019
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    My response to a Wilmington Star News reader on Medicaid Expansion

    Back on June 26th, the Wilmington Star News published a letter to the editor written by myself which was a response to an editorial by the newspaper which called on North Carolina to expand Medicaid. In the allotted space, I explained that despite…
    Jordan Roberts, July 8, 2019
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    The grim reality of some “non-profit” hospitals

    Earlier this week, I posted on the blog about a hospital CFO touting his hospital system’s monopoly power as a way to extract profitable reimbursement from the insurers in the area. This is a dim reality in the U.S. health care system that is dominated by hospital…
    Jordan Roberts, July 3, 2019
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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