Critics of ‘Certificate of Need’ regulations say COVID-19 pandemic shows why it needs to be repealed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

Video: COVID-19 Exposes South Carolina’s Outdated “CON” Laws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

8 new coronavirus policy recommendations for South Carolina to consider

Healthcare
April 13, 2020

Governor McMaster, along with South Carolina agencies, have been waiving healthcare regulations and red tape during this crisis, but there is more to be done. View our list of South Carolina’s deregulatory moves so far. Here is the short list of new ideas for additional flexibility that could make a real difference. This situation is

Cutting red tape: 11 South Carolina deregulatory moves during Coronavirus crisis

Healthcare
April 13, 2020

[The regulatory environment is changing rapidly, so we will keep this page updated 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. Many actions

Independent doctors, “old school medicine,” on the COVID-19 frontlines

Healthcare
March 26, 2020

Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19, the most urgent public conversations have focused on healthcare preparedness—the availability of beds (particularly in ICU), equipment (especially respirators), and healthcare professionals (physicians and nurses).   That’s why much of the executive action at both at the federal and state level has focused on increasing capacity and easing restrictions

Expanding telehealth among freedom-based solutions to COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare
March 26, 2020

When a crisis comes, often the best thing government can do is get out of the way. That is certainly true for healthcare. Whether arcane Certificate of Need regulations or restrictions on doctors practicing across state lines, the coronavirus crisis has been a wakeup call to the regulatory state, leading to questioning whether these restrictions