HealthCare Cost Reduction & Transparency Senate Bill 473
This bill would require hospitals to disclose the costs, payments, and reimbursements for many common procedures identified by the Medical Care Commission, would mandate charity care policy publishing, restrict the methods of collecting debt, and require clear billing.
Ambulatory Surgery Centers House Bill 177
Healthcare organizations in North Carolina are required by law to secure a Certificate of Need (CON) to add inpatient beds, operating rooms, and certain equipment like MRIs among other things. The purpose of CON is to prevent the unnecessary duplication of services in an effort to ensure healthcare access, cost effectiveness, and quality. In this bill, legislators are considering making a change to CON law to allow for specialized ambulatory surgery centers, because ambulatory surgery centers often offer a lower cost option when compared to having the same service in an inpatient hospital.