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Florida MCOs demanding more money, creating budget headaches

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Christine Jordan Sexton, SaintPetersBlog, May 27, 2015. Amid an ongoing dust-up over Florida’s healthcare spending, there are troubling signs that one of the reforms touted by Gov. Rick Scott may not be saving taxpayers money as initially promised. Scott signed into law in 2011 a measure that shifted Florida’s 3 million plus Medicaid patients into managed […]

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Politics battles principles in CON debate

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, May 28, 2015. The conflict conservative legislators face between satisfying constituents and staying true to free-market principles is playing out in the debate over the scope of North Carolina’s certificate of need law, a set of rules governing where a host of medical facilities — diagnostic centers, psychiatric beds, and […]

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ER visits on the rise in Carolinas, US

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Liv Osby, Asheville Citizen-Times, May 26, 2015. Visits to hospital emergency rooms are on the rise in the Carolinas and around the country, with experts pointing to the physician shortage and Obamacare as possible reasons. One in five Americans goes to the ER at least once a year, according to RAND Corp., an independent, […]

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Debate intensifies over role of charity care in CON discussion

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal Online, May 21, 2015. 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. “In […]

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Hospital association unveils Medicaid proposal

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, May 17, 2015. The N.C. Hospital Association is wading into the debate about state Medicaid reform, predictably encouraging a provider-led format to address the risk involved in the $14 billion program. At the request of legislative leaders, the advocacy group Thursday offered recommendations and submitted a draft bill. The proposed […]

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Scathing audit accuses DHHS director of ‘nepotism’

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jason DeBruyn, Triangle Business Journal, May 13, 2015. The former director of the state office that manages Medicaid claims payments abused her authority by employing friends and family members who were not qualified for their positions, gave unjustified pay raises and logged unjustified overtime, according to a state audit released Wednesday morning. A news release […]

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Costly, controversial: Lawmakers have just months to tame Medicaid beast

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 25, 2015. If the panoply of issues facing the General Assembly every year were a zoo, the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and disabled would be the snarling, nearly $14 billion beast that makes all of the other critters nervous. During prior legislative sessions, Medicaid has thrashed its tail […]

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Hospitals fight bill that would open NC medical market

| April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, April 16, 2015. An influential state senator wants to repeal laws that were designed to curb health care costs, arguing that they have actually accomplished the opposite. A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Apodaca, the Henderson County Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would eliminate the state’s certificate-of-need laws. Intended […]

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Audit shows DHHS financial picture improving

| April 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, April 13, 2015. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services received a mixed checkup from the State Auditor’s Office on Monday in the first detailed financial audit of the department in nearly 20 years. It came at the request of legislators from both parties who have questioned fiscal 2013-14 […]

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After SPIN! – “What are Democrats trying to accomplish with Medicaid expansion bill?”

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – Question to Dan Blue: Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to expand Medicaid in our state, saying “Medicaid expansion is not just about providing health care to the over 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians that would benefit from this legislation, but it is about bringing jobs to the state, and giving both […]

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