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AMA Sees National Precedent in Florida Supreme Court Ruling
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

In a ruling the American Medical Association is hailing as a win for physicians around the nation, the Florida Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional a narrowly drawn state statute that had allowed the board of a private, for-profit hospital operating in St. Lucie County to supercede medical staff bylaws. [Read More]
  September 8, 2008

 
Editor's Picks
UCMC plan for uninsured, low-income patients draws flak
A University of Chicago Medical Center strategy to steer poor and uninsured patients with less serious injuries to other facilities to focus on treating the most challenging cases is making the South Side hospital more money—and attracting growing criticism. [Read More]
Beth Israel Deaconess' accreditation threatened
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is threatening the accreditation of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston because young surgeons there have regularly worked more hours than allowed by national safety limits, with some on the job seven days straight or up to 90 hours a week. [Read More]
Suit could set precedent on physician consulting agreements
A federal lawsuit in Arkansas is once again raising questions about the limits of "consulting agreements" and other perks that physicians receive from the medical device industry. [Read More]
 
Executives on the Move
Milwaukee: George Hamilton named CAO of Aurora Sinai Medical Center
George Hamilton has been promoted to chief administrative officer at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, located in downtown Milwaukee. Hamilton has been at Aurora Sinai since 2000, and most recently served as vice president of operations, and as vice president of academic affairs at Aurora Health Care. [Read More]

Tampa, FL: WellCare Names Rex M. Adams COO
WellCare Health Plans, Inc., has hired Rex M. Adams as COO. In this newly created position, Adams will report directly to the president and CEO and have responsibility for the company's operations, including claims payment, customer service, and information systems. Before joining WellCare, Adams served as the president and COO of AT&T East, a division of AT&T Inc. [Read More]

North Richland Hills, TX: HealthMarkets hires two executives
HealthMarkets, Inc., the health insurance company that writes policies for the self-insured, individuals, and small businesses, has named Tim Roach chief marketing officer. Additionally, Lucinda Lewis has been hired as senior vice president and chief actuary. HealthMarkets does business through its subsidiaries, The MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company, Mid-West National Life Insurance Company of Tennessee and The Chesapeake Life Insurance Company. [Read More]

Annapolis, MD: Cancer coalition hires new director
The National Coalition for Quality Colorectal Cancer Screening and Care has named Randall H.H. Madry, as its new executive director. Most recently, Madry has worked as the deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, responsible for the regulation of HMOs, PPOs, and third-party administration companies. [Read More]

 
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Help the Uninsured (Without Going Broke)


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