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NC State Health Plan Announce 2020 Network to Include Hospitals

The North Carolina State Health Plan "Clear Pricing Project" deadlines for contracting providers under the new percent of Medicare plan have now passed. The good news -- 28,000 providers, including independent primary care providers, behavioral health providers, independent provider networks and 5 "courageous" hospitals joined the plan. The bad news ...
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New Rand Study Reveals NC Hospital Prices Paid by Private Health Plans are Near National Average at 234% of Medicare

According to a recent Rand Study which reviewed data from hospitals and employers in 25 states, private health plans in North Carolina pay an average of 234% of Medicare. Coincidentally, this is the average of all the states in the study, however the rates between those states varied from a ...
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Tryon Medical Partners Announces “Tryon Direct” to Charlotte Region Employers

NCBGH President, Jon Rankin, had the pleasure of meeting recently with Patrick Brady who is now leading the marketing department for "Tryon Direct". Their direct-to-employer approach may be an intriguing new alternative for area self-insured businesses. Here's the press release on their new venture: Tryon Medical Partners Announces “Tryon Direct” ...
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NC Moving To Percent of Medicare for State Health Plan

July 5, 2019: North Carolina appears to still be moving toward percent of medicare for healthcare reimbursements for employees under the State Health Plan (SHP). As the state's largest buyer of medical and pharmaceutical with more than 720,000 state employees and a 2017 spend of $3.2 billion, it would seem ...
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Expansion of Healthcare Coverage for Small Business Through HRA

June 13, 2019: The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued a new policy that will provide hundreds of thousands of employers, including small businesses, a better way to provide health insurance coverage, and millions of American workers more options for health insurance coverage. This ...
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NCBGH Supports Draft Bill to End Surprise Medical Billings

June 6, 2019:  A bi-partisan bill has been drafted in an attempt to end "surprise medical billings".  The North Carolina Business Group on Health joins the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, American Benefits Council, National Business Group on Health, The ERISA Industry Committe, National Retail Federation, and other employer ...
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  • Democratic Illinois state senator pocketed nearly $275K from labor union for doing ‘little or no work,’ prosecutors say 02 Aug 2019 22:05 FOX News Fox News Flash top headlines for August 2 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A Democratic Illinois state senator has been indicted on charges that he embezzled $275,000 from a labor union over three years in return for "little or …
  • Nine Tech Startups Vie for Partnerships & Scale in MetLife’s Intensive 13-week Business ‘Boot Camp’ 15 Jul 2019 11:13 Odessa American NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 15, 2019-- MetLife today announced its second class of nine companies selected to participate in the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars ®. Based in the newly built met.X incubator on MetLife’s Global Technology …
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance Cost By State 2019 01 Jul 2019 13:09 Fitsmallbusiness Workers’ compensation insurance is a policy protecting employers by paying the costs of workers injured on the job. Workers’ compensation insurance costs vary widely by state local laws, industries, and the employers’ claims history. Rates could be as low …
  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 24 Jun 2019 20:31 Smart Business Breakthrough entrepreneurs overcome all obstacles We’ve come together to celebrate the dynamic unstoppables who are propelling forward to a brighter future for us all. They are the visionaries who launch and reimagine businesses, employ millions and endow …
  • Educational stakes are too high 30 May 2019 23:47 Robesonian In a recent column, “North Carolina ranks high in college funding,” John Hood reminds us that the N.C. Constitution requires that the benefits of our public colleges and universities “as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the state free of …
  • Dollar General Corporation (DG) Q1 2019 Earnings Call Transcript 30 May 2019 23:11 The Motley Fool Image source: The Motley Fool. Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) Q1 2019 Earnings Call May 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET Contents: Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: Operator Good morning. My name is Howard and I will …
  • Dollar General Corporation's (DG) CEO Todd Vasos on Q1 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript 30 May 2019 17:13 Seeking Alpha Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference Call May 30, 2019 10:00 AM ET Company Participants Jennifer Beugelmans – Vice President-Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Todd Vasos – Chief Executive Officer John Garratt – …
  • NC among most generous states for college funding 18 May 2019 06:25 Gaston Gazette North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and accounts for a larger share of total revenue. But our state remains one of …
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  • Raising a Sustainable Glass 01 May 2019 23:19 WWDMag.com With each year, we hear more about the “Silver Tsunami” of impending retirements and the need to refill positions with young, talented and driven workers. In fact, in the WWD State of the Industry Survey last year, 65% of the individuals who responded to …