On July 1, NC Medicaid moved the way it pays doctors and hospitals to care for Medicaid patients to a new system. Over the last three weeks, many health care practices have experienced major problems with not getting paid. I have heard of medical practices who haven’t been paid for a month of claims, who have had to take out $400,000 short term loans to keep operating and who, at this point, are literally about to go out of business. Clearly Governor Pat McCrory and his Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos are failing the first test of their plans to make big changes in our Medicaid system.
North Carolina’s Medicaid program – health and elder care coverage for low income people – has been tops on Governor McCrory’s list for changing what he has repeatedly called a “broken system” ever since he came into office. This is the same Medicaid system that US Sen. Richard Burr presented a national award to earlier this year for NC’s outstanding Medicaid “quality and efficiency” while posting the lowest cost growth in the nation.