N.C. walks back reference-based pricing plan for state workers

Modern Healthcare: After more than a year of tense negotiations, the North Carolina state treasurer has partially walked back a plan to reimburse healthcare providers for services delivered to teachers and other state employees at a percentage tied to Medicare rates.

The decision comes after many of the state's hospitals refused to sign contracts to join the new North Carolina State Health Plan Network, which would have paid them an average 196% of the Medicare rate for the same service. That rate had been revised upward several times during negotiations.

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