• Debate Intensifies Over Role of CON Laws in Charity Care

    RALEIGH — North Carolina hospitals argue that dismantling regulations in the state’s certificate of need laws would impair their ability to treat indigent patients. A research scholar at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center says empirical studies conclude such dire warnings are little more than a scare tactic.

  • Legislative Study Committees Delve Into Key Issues

    Becki Gray on legislative study committees; Tim Phillips on AFP TV ad about Hagan votes; Sharon Decker on collaboration on transportation; Jenna Robinson on general education core at UNC Chapel Hill; Jon Sanders on ending certificate of need law

  • Medical Regulations Increase Costs

    RALEIGH — Medical providers in North Carolina must receive permission from the state — called a certificate of need — to add services such as hospital beds or a testing machine. According to new research by the John Locke Foundation, the regulations restrict competition and harm consumers.

  • CON regime strikes again, rejecting proposed surgery center

    There are plenty of places to eat in your town. There is no wait to speak of, either. But the local eateries just aren’t that appetizing. The food really isn’t that good; the service, less than ideal. Hence, when desiring a good meal out, you, and many of your neighbors,…

  • Appeals Court upholds CON ruling, notes law’s ‘loophole’

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt to overturn a certificate-of-need decision in Wake County. Appellate judges declined to overstep their authority to try to close a CON “loophole.” The unanimous decision in Wake Radiology Diagnostic Imaging v. N.C. Department of Health and Human Services means a…

  • What is happening with our state budget 

    The General Assembly convened Jan. 13 and has met for well over 100 days. More than 1,700 bills have been filed; bills on election reform, appropriating federal COVID money, energy modernization, medical marijuana, sports betting, constitutional amendments, education reforms, health care advancements, regulatory reforms, unemployment benefits, confirmations, and appointments…

  • Bullying, scare tactics have no place in N.C. health care policy

    We expect health care providers to focus on improving people’s lives. It’s bad news when government rules prompt those providers to shift their focus away from helping people. It’s especially bad when government encourages health care providers to act more like bullies than healers. But that’s exactly what can happen…

  • Health care policy in focus in Senate budget proposal

    There are the numbers associated with the biennial budget proposal from the N.C. Senate, of course, but, as with most budgets, the numbers are sometimes associated with policy initiatives wrapped into the spending plan. This budget cycle is no exception. With ‘Health and Human Services’ being one of the single…

  • Superior Court judge dismisses latest legal challenge against CON

    A Durham County Superior Court judge has dismissed a New Bern eye surgeon’s lawsuit challenging the state’s certificate-of-need law. Judge Michael O’Foghludha heard roughly two hours of arguments Thursday, June 3, before agreeing with state lawyers’ motion to kill the suit. The ruling can be appealed. Dr. Jay Singleton argues…