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More trained healthcare workers will enter the workforce thanks to Beaufort County Community College's Registered Medical Assistant program
Mark Watson, executive director of human resources for Union County, will openly admit he is the ultimate skeptic
Thanks to President Barack Obama's debut as a contributor for the Journal of the American Medical Association, the "public option" has made its way back into the great health care debate
In any industry, the quality of service or whether one receives services at all hinges on one critical element: access
State Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, said the state's certificate-of-need law, a major regulatory barrier to reducing costs and competition in health care, would be repealed under a bill working its way through the Senate Health Care Committee
North Carolina has a hidden tax, and it's probably the most expensive one you've never heard of: It's called health insurance mandates
This plan is certainly a foolproof plan but it may be Foolishness. It's for you to decide.
Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing on pending legislation to improve veterans' health care and benefits, five of which were bills co-introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 (NDAA) includes a plan to overhaul and improve TRICARE for active duty servicemembers, reservists, and their family members, which incorporates several major provisions proposed by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee yesterday to announce the introduction of the Veterans First Act.
Bringing up end-of-life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher
It's pretty messed up what North Carolina hospitals have to go through just to be able to own an MRI machine
Tired of the average 7-minute doctor visit? Then consider making the switch to direct primary care (DPC). For an affordable monthly payment, patients are granted around-the-clock care, and doctors can spend more time with their patients. They can make house calls. They can dispense prescription...
Last week's newsletter highlighted the fiscal impact on North Carolina if the legislature agreed to opt for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. This week, I'll touch on three critical human costs...
As the Jan. 31 deadline to obtain a health insurance policy for 2016 on the federal health exchange looms, enrollment has grown slightly, but individuals signing up for Obamacare in 2016 should expect to pay premiums that are between 20 percent and 30 percent higher
Six years ago today, amid glowing promises of cost-cutting and expanded health care for all, President Obama signed into law his signature Affordable Care Act
Do you wonder why political adversaries seem so often to talk past each other rather than produce useful debate on important issues? One reason is that, in many cases, they really aren't talking about the same things.
I've written before how direct primary care networks help private, self-insured employers like Amazon and Expedia save big on health care claims
North Carolina policymakers should take steps to make the state even friendlier to direct primary care
This past Monday evening, I spoke on a panel at Wake Forest University's School of Law on whether North Carolina should expand Medicaid, the medical assistance program originally designed for low-income parents, children, elderly, blind, and disabled. Despite the enthusiastic, overwhelmingly...
Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting
Last year, the American people were horrified to learn about the widespread systematic failures within the Veterans Affairs health care system, with many veterans being forced to wait months to see medical providers. Some VA facilities were so grossly mismanaged that veterans died as a result.
With support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health (DPH) and other partners, the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council (DAC) will release the inaugural publication North Carolina's Guide to Diabetes Prevention and Management 2015-2020 on
Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing to discuss legislation focused on health care and benefits for our nation's veterans. The committee looked at five bills, three of which Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) originally co-sponsored...
Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting. Yet rising health insurance premiums and narrower networks are making it a burden for patients to access basic health care.
Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Mark Warner (D-VA) at a press conference to introduce the "Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act," which makes common-sense changes to staffing policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs to...
Ten years after enrolling its first doctoral class, East Carolina University's medical family therapy doctoral program is providing its graduates with 100 percent job placement.
The excessive amount of government intervention that has been entrenched in our nation's health care system is curiously pushing medical providers to channel this negative energy into positive solutions - ones in which physicians are either scaling back or cutting off their relationships...
A legislative oversight committee on Wednesday voted to consider measures aimed at reducing the $25.5 billion unfunded liability in the state retiree health benefit fund.
Supporters of East Carolina University gave a record-breaking $39 million in commitments in the 2014-15 year to benefit scholarships, faculty resources, programs, research, facilities, health care, athletics and more.
Health policy doesn't exactly rank high on the summer reading bucket list. Let's be real - for most people, it's not all that fitting for the beach, and it surely doesn't pair well with red wine during a gossipy book-club meeting.
Health care policy decisions usually come as federal dictates, so it's a rare opportunity when state legislators have full authority to grant North Carolinians more freedom over their health care options.
As Vidant Health continues to assess the potential impacts of an incomplete state budget, including the uncertainty of Medicaid reform, its Board of Directors approved the fiscal year 2016 operational plan today.
Legislators involved with the Certificate of Need (CON) debate are probably overwhelmed with conflicting studies on whether the regulatory program should stay, be reduced, or go altogether.
Legislators involved with the certificate-of-need debate are probably overwhelmed with conflicting studies on whether the regulatory program should stay, be reduced, or go altogether.
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a last-minute amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility, and with 34-10 bipartisan support passed a bill making sweeping changes to the government insurance program for the poor, elderly, and disabled.
Last Monday, the John Locke Foundation hosted a thoughtful health care forum where three expert panelists offered insight on the status of Kansas, Louisiana, and Florida's Medicaid reforms. Featured speakers included Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, a pediatric plastic surgeon and leader of...
Yesterday's front page of the News & Observer features the North Carolina Hospital Association, a free-market lobbyist, and legislators battling over pending legislation that could potentially terminate the state's highly bureaucratic Certificate of Need (CON) law. Senator Tom Apodaca favors...
North Carolina lawmakers can boost patient choice, put downward pressure on health care costs, and reduce red tape by repealing the state's certificate-of-need law
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