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Supreme Court ruling brings Medicaid, expansion into focus

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision of the federal Affordable Care Act means Gov. Pat McCrory has a big health care decision of his own to make: whether to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program. McCrory’s administration has been mulling expansion since last year but has declined […]

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House leaders try again on Medicaid reform

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, June 10, 2015. State House leaders were on familiar ground Wednesday as they unveiled this year’s Medicaid reform proposal. The plan looks very much like their 2014 proposal, which the Senate refused to consider. The six-page bill, released Tuesday evening, proposes to allow Medicaid to be run by provider-led entities, or […]

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McCrory to sign abortion bill

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Adam Owens, WRAL, June 3, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory will sign a bill into law that extends the waiting period for women seeking abortions from 24 to 72 hours. McCrory made the announcement hours after the House gave final approval to the measure. “Working with House and Senate members, we ensured that contact, including […]

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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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