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Senior DHHS Medicaid policy developer leaving for would-be contractor, taking playbook with her

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 27, 2014. A senior state policy official who helped develop Gov. Pat McCrory’s Medicaid reform plan is going to work for WellCare, a company that has an interest in how the state rewrites its health insurance system for the poor and disabled. Margaret “Mardy” Peal will leave her post at […]

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Medicaid reform could cut deep at rural hospitals

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Katelyn Ferral, News and Observer, August 6, 2014. Whenever Medicaid cuts filter down from the legislature in Raleigh to small-town and rural hospitals such as Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, the pain is acutely felt. Although they disagree on just how to reform North Carolina’s Medicaid program, lawmakers know they want to upend […]

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“Family Physicians” – Dr. Conrad Flick

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

This NC SPIN Perspectives interview is with Dr. Conrad Flick, Family Physician in Private Practice. In this video Dr. Flick speaks to the future of Family medicine, benefits of whole care system, and the reimbursement rate.

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NC Senate votes for Medicaid overhaul

| July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 24, 2014. A major Medicaid overhaul that largely disregards the wishes of health care providers, the state House and Gov. Pat McCrory won overwhelming support in the state Senate on Thursday in a 28-17 vote. The overhaul would introduce to the state commercial managed care for Medicaid patients, […]

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NC to decide on new health insurance option for some state workers

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, July 21, 2014. A question still to be settled in state budget negotiations is how to provide health insurance to thousands of state employees who will be newly eligible for coverage starting in January under the Affordable Care Act. The issue has been a concern for months, as state […]

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Senate Medicaid overhaul provisions draw criticism

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 16, 2014. A new Senate plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program drew immediate fire from doctors and hospitals who do not like that the proposal would open the state to commercial managed care for people using the government insurance. The legislature is trying to change Medicaid so […]

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Charlotte 6th most expensive healthcare in nation

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Megan Cassella, Charlotte Observer, July 11, 2014. Healthcare costs in Charlotte are the sixth-most expensive in the nation, according to a new list published by Forbes Magazine. The calculations are based on data comparing the average costs of preventive primary care visits as well as three standard procedures: CT scans of the head and brain, MRIs […]

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Pay for Medicaid doctors headed for ‘especially big cliff’

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, WRAL, July 11, 2014. Family doctors in North Carolina are bracing for a looming deadline that will slash the amount they’re paid for the treatment of the state’s poor and disabled. On Jan. 1, a two-pronged state and federal cut to Medicaid reimbursement rates will mean a drop in payments of 15 […]

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NC Medicaid office in disarray

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Joseph Neff, News and Observer, July 5, 2014. On May 14, Gov. Pat McCrory rolled out his proposed state budget, a spending blueprint supported in part by an unusual scheme designed to snag an extra $60 million from federal taxpayers. The plan was complicated, involving matching state and federal Medicaid dollars, but one detail […]

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Medicaid: Is ‘broken’ a bad rap?

| July 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 4, 2014. It was a quick sound bite, but it has resounded through state politics. “We have a broken Medicaid system that is not ready to go,” Gov. Pat McCrory told a group of business leaders about a month after he took office early last year. “We have […]

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