8 new coronavirus policy recommendations for South Carolina to consider

Healthcare
Blog · 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
Blog · April 13, 2020

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 have been by Executive Order of the Governor. Others have come directly from state agencies adapting to

Freedom: Our safe harbor in times of crisis

Healthcare
Blog · March 27, 2020

Note to parents: this edition of the weekly report from Palmetto Promise has more hyperlinks than usual. It is our hope that this hearty post will not only serve as a policy update but provide a ready lesson for young minds who are being educated at home during the COVID-19 social distancing effort. I don’t

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

Healthcare
Blog · 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
Blog · 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

Video: Free to Care

Healthcare
Blog · March 17, 2020

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative healthcare model being embraced by patients, providers, employers, and policymakers across the United States. DPC offers a unique, affordable membership-based approach that enables patients to establish ongoing relationships with their physicians. Unlike 26 other states, South Carolina does not have a law in place protecting DPC by defining

Arcane SC regulations could hinder hospitals’ response amid Coronavirus outbreak

Healthcare
Blog · March 16, 2020

UPDATED (March 19th): 3 days after this article was published, Governor Henry McMaster issued an Executive Order specifically directing DHEC to suspend CON regulations for the duration of this public health emergency. (March 17th): DHEC Director Rick Toomey told the Senate Finance Committee, in response to questions, that there would be flexibility on CON bed limits.

Here is what’s being considered to fix SC’s near-worst certificate of need (CON) laws

Healthcare
Blog · February 28, 2020

On Thursday, a Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee heard testimony on several bills to either modify or fully repeal South Carolina’s arcane certificate of need laws, or CON. Due to CON’s outdated and prohibitive restrictions on innovation in the healthcare space, PPI has been advocating for full repeal. CON laws require medical providers to obtain special