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    Do Hospital Consolidations Lower Prices? (Spoiler Alert: No.)

    This week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published a research brief on hospital consolidation. Recently, the American Hospital Association released a study on hospital consolidation. According to Roberts: The new study builds on a report from 2017 that showed that hospital consolidation decreased costs and increased quality for patients. The researchers used hard data…
    Brenee Goforth, September 11, 2019
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    Medicaid expansion in Louisiana

    Chris Jacobs of the Juniper Research Group penned a revealing Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal on the experience that Louisiana had following the expansion of their Medicaid program. Of course, Medicaid expansion is a policy…
    Jordan Roberts, June 10, 2019
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    Can Medicaid handle another recession?

    A new budget for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is currently working its way through the North Carolina General Assembly (See here and here for more). Lots of discussions during budget negotiations have focused on long term sustainability…
    Jordan Roberts, June 4, 2019
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    Congress could unleash DPC with minor change

    Here in North Carolina, we have a favorable direct primary care (DPC) climate, which allows for the creation and use of these primary care models. Many states have codified into law that DPC membership fees aren’t insurance premiums, thus exempting them from…
    Jordan Roberts, May 28, 2019
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    An introduction to dental therapy

    Have you ever heard of dental therapy? No, it has nothing to do with a psychologist or psychiatrist examining your teeth. Dental therapists are highly trained mid-level dental practitioners who focus on preventive and restorative care working under the supervision of a dentist. Think of…
    Jordan Roberts, May 21, 2019
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    Cutting the middleman will increase access and lower costs

    The direct primary care model is the embodiment of the direction healthcare needs to go — limited regulation, patient-focused, transparent and competitive pricing for all services. Many physicians have begun to realize the benefits of this model compared to the…
    Jordan Roberts, May 20, 2019
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    More competition in Medicaid

    This week, Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) introduced a bill into Congress that would grant states more freedom in how they chose to spend their Medicaid dollars. The bill would allow states to allocate Medicaid dollars directly to patients and give them the power to chose how to spend…
    Jordan Roberts, May 15, 2019
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    When doctors get frustrated with traditional models of care, they turn to DPC

    I have a “Google alert” set up for “direct primary care” (DPC) to read all of the articles written on this topic from around the country. Many of these articles describe primary care physicians who are burnt out from the daily battle between providing patients care and…
    Jordan Roberts, May 9, 2019