Tag:health care

  • Democrats are trying to take away state health care flexibility

    Congressional Democrats are trying to take away what little potential flexibility states have over their health insurance markets. If they are successful in their challenge to a new Trump administration rule, states will lose out on increased opportunities to use federal waivers for innovation in state health insurance markets. …

  • N.C. hospital monopolies driving cost of health care

    North Carolina’s cities host some of the nation’s most monopolistic hospital markets.  When it comes to giving patients’ choices in health care, North Carolina fares badly. Two of North Carolina’s cities — Durham and Greensboro — scored in the top five most monopolistic metro areas in…

  • UNC Hospitals on probation after accreditation denial

    UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill is on probation after the system received preliminary denial of its accreditation. Preliminary Denial of Accreditation is recommended when there’s an immediate threat to health and safety, a submission of falsified documents or misrepresented information, a lack of a required license,…

  • Is Medicaid properly helping those in the shadows?

    Hubert Humphrey once said, “The ultimate moral test of any government is the way it treats three groups of its citizens. First, those in the dawn of life — our children. Second, those in the shadows of life — our needy, our sick, our handicapped. Third, those in the twilight…

  • Lawmakers making last-ditch effort to reform certificate-of-need rules

    Republican senators are making one last push to ease anti-competitive health-care laws before the legislative session ends. A number of certificate-of-need reform laws have stalled in committees in both chambers. House and Senate budget negotiators failed to agree on including CON reform as a policy provision…

  • Hospital mergers: Profits over patients

    “Economies of scale, lower administrative costs, and more coordinated care will lower overall costs and improve the quality of health care.” This is a line we typically hear when large hospital systems merge or acquire smaller practices. To many, this may seem reasonable. For example, think about a large retail…

  • Are we willing to accept cost of expanding Medicaid? 

    The governor’s behind it, and state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen is for it. Some freshmen legislators have made it a priority, some leaders in the N.C. House think it’s a good idea, and 32 states have implemented a version of it.    But does Medicaid expansion…