Health Care (page 8)

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    California’s $4 billion “oops”

    It was reported earlier this week that a state audit of the California Medicaid program called “Medi-Cal” revealed that the state had made at least $4 billion in “questionable payments” over a four-year period between 2014-2017 and that up to 453,000 people who were ineligible received benefits:…
    Jordan Roberts, November 1, 2018
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    Increasing healthcare options is a good thing

    One of the most noticeable results of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was that it severely limited choices for those who buy insurance through the individual market. For the most part, it limited the ability of insurers to offer plans with different benefits. Many who purchase their insurance…
    Jordan Roberts, October 30, 2018
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    NCCARE360

    Physical health is not the only part of an individual’s overall health. Nor is community health a measure of the overall physical healthiness of a community. Social science research has revealed that a person’s overall health is a combination of many different factors. Often referred to as “social determinants of…
    Jordan Roberts, October 26, 2018
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    Mental health in America

    Stat News recently ran an interesting article that offers a somber detail of the state of mental health in America. As if the healthcare industry isn’t complex enough — the intersection of mental health and physical health is presenting new issues…
    Jordan Roberts, October 22, 2018
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    Less regulation, more value

    In the past, I have written about a healthcare payment model commonly referred to as “patient-centered” or “value-based” care (see here, here, and here). The idea behind patient-centered care is that the provider…
    Jordan Roberts, October 4, 2018
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    A market-based approach to health care

    In a recent research brief, I argue that if our country is serious about bringing down the rising costs of health care, we need to get serious about making it work more like a true market. Consumers need to know prices and providers…
    Jordan Roberts, October 3, 2018
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    NC would benefit from easing restrictions on Nurse Practitioners

    Primary care physicians have been on the decline in recent years and the projections for the future number of these type of doctors doesn’t look promising. As the number of baby boomers continue to age and live longer, the need for primary…
    Jordan Roberts, September 27, 2018
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    CON laws have long been used to prevent “ruinous competition”

    Recently, I’ve been going through the available research on Certificate-of-Need (CON) laws and their effects. CON laws are most often associated with attempting to restrict the supply of health care in order to control costs by reducing the amount of duplicate and unused services. In order to be…
    Jordan Roberts, September 24, 2018