Burr in NC to praise Medicaid program that Gov. McCrory may dump

On the very same day Gov. Pat McCrory announced a plan to privatize and restructure the state’s Medicaid system, the state’s senior Republican senator was at an event praising the current model.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr was in Winston-Salem today to present Community Care of North Carolina with an award from the Healthcare Leadership Council, a national group of health care chief executive officers.

Awarded presented Wednesday to CCNC. From left, Sen. Richard Burr, D-N.C.; CCNC President Dr. Allen Dobson, Mary R. Grealy, president HLC; and Dr. Tom Sibert, COO for Wake Forest Baptist Health.  Source: HLC

Awarded presented Wednesday to CCNC. From left, Sen. Richard Burr, D-N.C.; CCNC President Dr. Allen Dobson, Mary R. Grealy, president HLC; and Dr. Tom Sibert, COO for Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Source: HLC

Burr and the group wanted to “recognize the public-private partnership’s quality and efficiency in serving the state’s Medicaid population and particularly the high quality of care it delivers to patients in rural areas,” according to a press release from HLC.

The North Carolina-based CCNC has become a national model for its delivery of Medicaid services, which relies on networks of doctors to treat patients and reduces overall health care costs by encouraging preventative and ongoing health care instead of expensive emergency room visits.

Burr’s event in Winston-Salem was on the same day the state’s new Republican governor was in Raleigh to introduce a plan to privatize Medicaid, the “Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina.”

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Health and Human Services Sec. Aldona Wos at Tuesday's press conference.

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Health and Human Services Sec. Aldona Wos at Tuesday’s press conference.

McCrory was in Raleigh to announce that he and his Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos want to reform the state’s “broken Medicaid system” by bidding out the state’s Medicaid program to managed care companies.

If CCNC wants to stay on as a part of McCrory and Wos’ new plan, it will have to submit a bid along with other companies interested in contracting with the state.

Wos said she hopes to put request for bids out in early 2014, if the proposal gets backing from the state legislature and federal Medicaid officials.

Click here to read more about McCrory’s proposal.

 

10 Comments

  1. James Protzman

    April 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Would be funny if it weren’t so pathetically tragic.

  2. Doug

    April 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This actaully seems to lend credibilty to the Governor’s news today that he is going to privatize much of the Medicaid program. It will be a good thing to partner with the private companies to produce efficiencies like Burr is heralding here.

    But I expect to see a blog post soon about how that is now a bad thing…..even though this post is seeing the partnership as a good thing.

  3. Gene Hoglan

    April 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Doug: Medicaid is already largely privatized in NC, and has been for decades. Claims processing and management has been done by private contractors since the 1980s. Incidentally that’s where all the cost overruns are occurring.

  4. Doug

    April 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Actually the cost overruns are happening due to the exponential growth of healthcare in general due to the government being involved through programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Claims processing is only a pass through with little bearing on the overall costs, and the contractors would only be following the overall government requriements.

  5. Doug Gibson

    April 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

    “Exponential growth in healthcare.” Doug, you have about as much of an understanding of the meaning of “exponential” as you do of the meaning of “scientific theory.”

    But here’s a question. Is there a savings goal that would make the McCrory/Wos plan a success? Are you willing to put a number and a date out there, as in “x (in 2013 dollars) saved per patient per year by y date, producing z outcomes” that will define whether or not this approach is a success? Let’s have those numbers. Let’s set a goal. And let’s agree that if that goal isn’t met we go to a single-payer Medicaid system.

    If McCrory sets a goal—and promises to seek an alternative if that goal isn’t met—I’m prepared to assume that all he wants to do is improve the delivery of health care to Medicaid recipients. If he doesn’t, it’s pretty clear he just wants to make money for insurance companies, doctors, and hospitals.

  6. Doug

    April 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The goals will be pretty evident, since the private parties will be on a fixed cost contract they will then be the ones eating any inefficiencies they cannot fix. This is a win for taxpayers, and incents the partners to be more efficient with our dollars.

    In the spirit of what jlp wrote below, we need to be prepared to try some radical things….liberals are by nature willing to take chances…unless it is not something they thought up…..or not from their view as government first.

    jlp75
    April 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    “There is not enough information to determine if we are on the “right path”. Many decisions good or bad take years or even decades to take significant effect.”

  7. Doug

    April 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Oh and Gibson….I am just pulling from the leftist style book to promote my ideas in the most hysterical way possible. For reference, look at most stories on global warming, voter ID, cutting taxes and government to see what I mean.

  8. Doug

    April 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Although the first graph in this series is not far off from exponential…..take it out a few years and add in the Obamacare….we just might get there.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-history-of-health-care-spending-in-7-graphs/2012/01/09/gIQAFlCCmP_gallery.html#photo=1

  9. david esmay

    April 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Doug the troll, this not a win for taxpayers, but a huge handout to private corporations at the expense of consumers. Anytime you hand over a government program to private entities it becomes less efficient, more costly, and that competition you love to tout actually decreases as it creates monopolies or duopolies. It doesn’t matter if it is healthcare, telecommunications, utilities, or fighting a war with contractors, the results are always the same and the consumers/taxpayers end up on the short end of the stick.

  10. Doug

    April 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    dave,
    You are definitely mistaken, when the government is involved you ALWAYS get a lower quality product, it costs more, and is less efficient. Government is the reason our healthcare is increasing at an (almost) exponential rate. Just because you suffer from the law of the Ignorance of Liberalism does not mean that the facts have to be covered up.