Florida governor signs bill aiding doctors
Over vehement objections of major Florida businesses, some health insurers, and consumer groups, Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law a bill that will require insurers to send payments of claims directly to out-of-network doctors, if the patient allows. The provision has sparked a maelstrom of debate over the issue of out-of-network doctors charging whatever they want, rather than accepting negotiated discounts for in-network doctors. Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw urged the governor to veto the legislation because the bill was "a backward step from attempts to corral the spiraling cost of healthcare and put more consumers at grave financial risk."
- CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services
- FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies
- The 5 Biggest Healthcare Finance Trouble Spots
- Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty
- Nonprofit Hospital Outlook 'Negative' in 2014
- The Most Polarizing Topics in Healthcare IT
- Are ACOs Really Different from HMOs?
- How CPOE Will Make Healthcare Smarter
- Why You Should Involve Patients in Nursing Handoffs
- Rise of the Chief Strategy Officer