Health Reform Ideas for North Carolina
January 14, 2014 13 Comments
I am releasing a white paper with some health reform ideas for North Carolina (pdf Don Taylor NC Health Reform Proposal 1 14 14). The North Carolina Medicaid Advisory Commission is discussing options that will culminate in their recommendation from the North Carolina Dept of Health and Human Services to the General Assembly on March 17, 2014.
I propose three main ideas:
- Expand health insurance coverage while reforming Medicaid by seeking both a Medicaid waiver and developing a Basic Health Plan option under section 1331 of the ACA
- Reform the State’s Medical Malpractice system while addressing patient safety, using Medicaid and the Basic Health Plan as a pilot population; I think the “Michigan Model” holds the most promise
- Increase the Supply of Health Care Providers by Safely Reduction Regulation; essentially expanding the practice scope of non-physician providers to increase the effective care delivery supply
In the longer run, I suggest North Carolina consider
- Seeking a more comprehensive waiver that would allow the full cost of the dual eligible population to be federalized, with State savings put towards insurance coverage expansions
- Seek permission to pilot a competitive bidding demonstration in Medicare Advantage plans sold in North Carolina, two to three years after a Basic Health Plan is up and running in a North Carolina run health insurance exchange
I will spend time over the next few weeks blogging about these and other ideas that emerge (the N.C. Medicaid Advisory Commission meets tomorrow, 9am-4:30pm at the State Library, 109 Jones St., Raleigh, NC). Note that the white paper is a pdf that has hyperlinks to sources (mostly blog posts) in lieu of more traditional citations.