$$$-strapped ECU med school drops $10 mil. on FOOTBALL

It seems like just yesterday that the Brody Medical School at East Carolina was bemoaning its tight finances and seeking MORE government funding. Actually, it was a mere TWO years ago. Now, we’re hearing that the med school is going to do its part to bail out the struggling ECU football program: East Carolina University has designated $20 million in university money to settle a deficit in its athletics budget and to make significant capital improvements to athletics facilities, officials said Wednesday. The funds are available immediately, with one $10 million transfer intended to nullify a deficit created in part…

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#ncpol: Takin’ care of business.

The Raleigh establishment raved about Democrats Richard Moore and Janet Cowell during their respective tenures in the state treasurer’s office.  Current treasurer Dale Folwell has been quietly slaving away, during his short time in  office, to clean up the mess those two left him. Folwell discovered a loophole that allows public officials, convicted of a crime while in office, to still draw their pension funds upon leaving office.  The treasurer is asking the honorables on Jones Street to shut that down post-haste.  We told you earlier about plans to put us deeper in debt.  Folwell is demanding public votes on…

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Folwell weeds out some freeloaders

Our rookie state treasurer has really turned into one of the few conservative bright spots in Raleigh. The work he’s done since January 2017 makes you wonder what Janet Cowell and those other Democrats who preceded him were doing: More than 600 people were just kicked off the State Health Plan. North Carolina officials said the recipients shouldn’t have been getting the taxpayer-funded insurance benefits. When Dale Folwell took over as state treasurer in 2017, one of the first things he did was begin an audit into the State Health Plan, which provides health care benefits for about 730,000 state…

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Folwell to UNC: ONE BILLION DOLLARS, please.

State treasurer Dale Folwell has expressed his skepticism about the UNC-Atrium / Carolinas Medical merger.  Now, he’s literally trying to make the head honchos in that proposed deal put their money where their mouths are: State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, announced today that he is asking representatives of UNC Healthcare to provide the State Health Plan (Plan) with a $1 billion performance bond guaranteeing that any merger with the organization and Carolinas HealthCare System would not increase medical costs for the Plan and North Carolina taxpayers. […]  During a recent UNC Board of Governors meeting, Treasurer Folwell was asked…

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Virginia Foxx: Give US your genetic info — or else!

Yet another North Carolina Republican is running at break-neck speed into the stifling, suffocating embrace of the federal leviathan: […] A bill in Congress could make it harder for workers to keep employers from getting access to their personal medical and genetic information and raise the financial penalties for those who opt out of workplace wellness programs. House Republicans are proposing legislation aimed at making it easier for companies to gather genetic data from workers and their families, including their children, when they collect it as part of a voluntary wellness program. The bill, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,…

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NC’s hyper-regulated health care

Only New Jersey, Hawaii, DC, and Vermont slap more red-tape on their health care providers than North Carolina does.  THAT information comes from a recent study by The Mercatus Center at Virginia’s George Mason University:  In the summer of 2016, New Hampshire became the 15th state to repeal its “certificate-of-need” (CON) program. This means that 35 states and the District of Columbia currently prohibit entry or expansion of healthcare facilities through CON programs. These laws, which require government permission before a facility can expand, offer a new service, or purchase certain pieces of equipment, were enacted in the belief that…

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Hudson: More fed action needed on pediatric care

Yep.  THAT is our new “conservative” congressman’s position.  The same guy who tells us, with a straight face, that he opposes the meddling that IS ObamaCare wants the Congress AND the federal bureaucracy digging deeper into pediatric health care:  […] As parents, the health and well-being of our children are our top priorities. Any sniffle, cough, or bruise from our kids worries us to our cores. Could you imagine if your son or daughter suffered a traumatic injury? Unfortunately, this possibility is a reality for far too many parents. In the United States, pediatric trauma is the number one killer…

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#ncga: Hager prepping for fight with Moore-Lewis-Dollar?

That’s what it looks like from here.  Republican majority leader Mike Hager had Lindsey, his girl Friday, send out invites this week to a “Certificate of Need working group” to be convened on Tuesday, February 16th.  The group’s purpose, according to Ms. Dowling, is “[…] to discuss the plans moving forward to either repeal or reform the CON laws.” Certificates of Need (CON) are the state’s way of keeping health care under its thumb, and are a great vehicle for politicians to use as leverage for shaking down health care interests for cash.  Basically, if you are a health care provider…

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#NCGA: Time to flatline CONs

We hear a lot of lip service from Republicans in Raleigh about the beauty of the free market.  However, it took a lot of grassroots heat to get them to kill subsidies for solar energy providers.   The budget compromise still includes money for fracking companies, and all kinds of other welfare for private companies. One of the more egregious examples of protectionism and corporate welfare still standing is the Certificate of Need (CON) system.  CONs are a great way for large health care providers to protect their fiefdoms from market forces or any sort of competition.  There is a…

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Sick of ObamaCare? Wait ’til you get a load of ICD-10.

I was talking with a friend who works in the health care industry this weekend. I asked him about ObamaCare and how it was affecting his business.  He bemoaned that situation, but said he and his group are preparing for the next shoe to drop: ICD-10. For the first time in 30 years, the government is deciding to revise medical billing codes. The medical industry has been working with ICD-9.  As of October 1, ICD-10 has to be in place and up and running. My friend showed me the ICD-10 manual, which is about a good 8-9 inches thick.  In…

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