Palmetto Promise joins Free-Market Groups in letter opposing Most Favored Nations Executive Order

Healthcare
August 12, 2020

Palmetto Promise joined over 80 free market groups in signing a letter pushing back against the recent Most Favored Nations Executive Order, which will slow medical innovation and threaten American jobs. There are numerous free-market solutions that will lower costs and increase access, but stifling pharmaceutical innovation is not the solution.  You can read the letter below and

LETTER: Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis and Building a Stronger Health Sector for the Future

Healthcare
June 25, 2020

Palmetto Promise Institute singed onto the below letter calling for 3 major healthcare changes in light of COVID-19:  Make it easier for people to access personal, “portable” health insurance” that travels with them from job to job and in and out of the labor market.  Make it easier for people to communicate with their medical providers of

PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE HELPS ROLL BACK CERTIFICATE OF NEED REQUIREMENTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Healthcare
June 25, 2020

Atlas Network highlighted work done by PPI to suspend South Carolina’s Certificate of Need laws at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. You can read our initial post about this here. This article originally appeared on Atlas Network’s website.  Executive Order No. 2020-11, section 4, which temporarily suspends Certificate of Need requirements for hospital beds in South

Hospitals lose lawsuit against Trump Administration price transparency rules

Healthcare
June 25, 2020

In a significant win for healthcare freedom, the American Hospital Association has failed in its legal action against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) new hospital price transparency rule. The proposed rule—first revealed in August—would require hospitals to report the rates they have negotiated with insurance companies. These “payer-specific” negotiated charges have long

A path forward for healthcare equity

Healthcare
June 20, 2020

Following the murder of George Floyd, the issue of race in American culture has reached a new boiling point in civic and political life. In response, the Charleston County Medical Society (CCMS) under the leadership of its President, Dr. Marcelo Hochman, took stock of its history and issued a restatement of its beliefs about race

Critics of ‘Certificate of Need’ regulations say COVID-19 pandemic shows why it needs to be repealed

Healthcare
June 1, 2020

PPI Senior Fellow Oran Smith was interviewed by WIS News 10 regarding the potential for a full repeal of CON laws in light of COVID-19 and action taken by Governor McMaster. PPI Visiting Fellow Dr. Marcelo Hochman was also interviewed. This article, and accompanying video, originally appeared on WIS News 10. Written by Jason Raven.  Dr.

LETTER: Palmetto Promise joins FGA in calling for removal of MOE provision in COVID legislation

Healthcare
May 21, 2020

Palmetto Promise Institute joined the Federation for Government Accountability (FGA) and other partner organizations in asking lawmakers on Capitol Hill to block the so-called “maintenance of effort” (MOE) provision in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This provision would cause irreparable harm to state budgets. You can read the letter below.  May 21, 2020 The

Video: COVID-19 Exposes South Carolina’s Outdated “CON” Laws

Healthcare
May 15, 2020

Once it became clear that COVID-19 could overwhelm our hospitals, Governor McMaster temporarily waived SC regulations that restrict hospitals and their ability to add capacity to their facilities. According to current law, SC hospitals and medical practices cannot add any beds to their facility without obtaining approval from the state. Why do we put these

Interview: Congressman Jim Banks on a bill to provide relief to states on COVID healthcare expenditures

Healthcare
April 30, 2020

H.R. 6336, the “Increasing Hospital Capacity to Fight the Coronavirus Act of 2020,” introduced by Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim Banks (R-Indiana), and others would ensure states are not penalized by Medicare or Medicaid for necessary capital expenditures that “violate” suspended Certificate Of Need (CON) laws. The CON issue, which is included in the

SC Removes Regulatory Obstacles, More Still to be Done

Healthcare
April 13, 2020

Note: The regulatory environment during COVID-19 is a quickly developing issue, so we will update this post regularly with new information.  The medical necessities of the COVID-19 pandemic have identified regulations—some perhaps legitimate, many unnecessary—which have been suspended to boost South Carolina’s healthcare capabilities, and respond to the pressing needs of workers, small businesses, and our economy.