New RGF brief: New Mexico has ample opportunities to reduce health care costs, improve quality

(Albuquerque, NM) – The Trump Administration failed in its efforts to completely repeal the health care law known as “ObamaCare.” Aside from the individual mandate which was repealed in separate tax reform legislation, the health care law remains relatively intact.

Nonetheless, state-level policymakers still have numerous reform measures that can be adopted to make health care work better. Often, those “levers” are available to state-level policymakers although some policy changes can be expedited and assisted with a more flexible administration in Washington.

A new policy brief by Roger Stark, By Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Adjunct Health Care Policy Analyst at the Rio Grande Foundation outlines in detail some of the ways in which New Mexico’s leaders could positively impact both the State budget and health care outcomes alike. The paper is available here.

While the federal health care law improved access to insurance, particularly in rural communities it can be a challenge to find practitioners, especially specialists. New Mexico has the highest percentage of births to moms on Medicaid, and the Medicaid systems is a large and growing burden on the State of New Mexico’s finances.

A few of Dr. Stark’s specific reform ideas include: Enact tort reform to reduce wasteful medical expenses, Expand and promote the use of association health plans, promoting telemedicine, and reforming scope of practice and professional licensing laws.

Stark will present these and other ideas at a presentation sponsored by the Rio Grande Foundation at the Marriott Pyramid on April 18, 2018 at a luncheon that will take place from 12 to 1pm. Seats are still available and can be reserved by clicking here or calling the Foundation at: 505-264-6090.Image result for dr. roger stark health care

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One Reply to “New RGF brief: New Mexico has ample opportunities to reduce health care costs, improve quality”

  1. I am excited about physician co-ops where one pays about $75/month for membership for basically all routine healthcare. No insurance is accepted at all, co-ops just remove that industry completely and it really saves money. One really only needs a catastrophic plan to cover big things. (google Dr. Josh Umbehr for more info on co-ops) I’d like to see co-ops start up in NM.
    Medicaid participant could pay a copay fee. They should have some money in the game.
    Another thing that would help (though I doubt it would ever be done voluntarily) is for doctors and hospitals to post prices for all procedures. As an example, look at lasik procedures which are not covered by any insurance, price range from $250 to $4000.

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