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State Health Benefit Mandates Come with New Costs

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Insurance coverage requirements enacted by state legislatures across the country have always been a sore point among insurers in the individual and small group market. Under healthcare reform, they may come bearing new costs. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Insurer, OCR Reach $1.5M Settlement for HIPAA Breach

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and the Office for Civil Rights have reached a landmark $1.5 million settlement for the insurer's 2009 HIPAA breach that affected more than 1 million individuals. >>>

HIX Final Rule Released

The final rule released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services to guide the development by states of health insurance exchanges  can be summed up in a single word: flexibility. >>>

Healthcare Reform Mythbusting

The idea that physician employment and a shift toward an ACO model are essential to long-term survival cannot sway an Ohio hospital CEO with 25 years in the business. >>>

Electronic Submission of Medical Docs Trial Goes Live

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is rolling out the first phase of its Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation program, known as esMD. >>>



Book

The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>



News Headlines

CBO: Obama's health law to cost less, cover fewer people

The Hill, March 14, 2012

If Obama's health law survives, it will take nearly a decade to put into effect

Chicago Tribune / Associated Press, March 13, 2012

Opinion: How to stop Medicare’s fraud siphon

Bloomberg, March 13, 2012

Healthcare act offers Roberts a signature case

The New York Times, March 12, 2012

Backup plans if individual mandate is struck down

Politico, March 12, 2012

TennCare hospital reimbursements vary widely

The Tennessean, March 12, 2012

White House works to shape debate over health law

The New York Times, March 12, 2012

Preventive-care rules snare insured patients

Billings Gazette, March 12, 2012

Opinion: We thought they were worried about costs

The New York Times, March 9, 2012

Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt—with unpaid medical bills

Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2012



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Webcast: Commercial ACOs—Strategies from Early Adopters

Date: March 22, 2012
About:  Join HealthLeaders Media for 90 minutes of commercial ACO strategy and solutions, direct from top executives representing both providers and payers. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit questions to our speakers to help guide the discussion. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Red-Tape Mandates Spark Innovation

Mounting compliance requirements and declining revenues are fast becoming catalysts for improvement at healthcare organizations. >>>

 

Strategic Physician Recruiting

 

Cleaning Up C. Diff, Together



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