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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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AMA Says Health Plans Should Enforce Rules in New 10-Point 'Code of Conduct'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

The American Medical Association yesterday released its new Code of Conduct, a list of dos and don'ts that it says all health insurers should enforce. The physician group says it hopes to publish a scorecard showing which plans play by these rules in a few years, in time for the launch of health exchanges enabled by health reform legislation.

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HHS Asks Court to Drop Virginia Mandate Suit

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

The Obama administration on Monday asked a federal district court in Richmond, VA, to dismiss the state's lawsuit filed two months ago that said Congress had overreached its powers under the new healthcare reform law by requiring citizens in the 50 states to purchase healthcare insurance. In a motion filed before the midnight deadline, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the law is within the scope of the Constitution's Commerce Clause.

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Gentiva Health Services to Pay $1B for Odyssey HealthCare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2010

Home healthcare provider Gentiva Health Services, Inc. announced today that it will pay $1 billion for hospice provider Odyssey HealthCare, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at $27 per share.

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Study: Workers Will Continue to Rely on Employer-Sponsored Wellness

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

Although recently-passed healthcare reform legislation will open new options for many Americans to purchase insurance through exchanges, employer-provided insurance will likely remain the most common source of coverage, suggests a survey of more than 3,000 employees conducted by the National Business Group on Health and Hewitt Associates.

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PacificSource Completes $46M Acquisition of Clear One

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

Springfield, OR-based PacificSource Health Plans has completed its previously announced $46 million acquisition of Clear One Health Plans, Inc., which becomes a wholly owned subsidiary. Included in the acquisition are Bend, OR-based Clear One subsidiaries Central Oregon Individual Health Solutions, Inc., Trusteed Plans Service Corp., Clear Choice Properties, LLC, and Clear One Life and Health, LLC.

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OCR Building HIPAA Audit Plan With Outside Help

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2010

HIPAA's privacy and security enforcer has hired an outside firm to help build its HITECH-required HIPAA auditing plan, the government agency tells HealthLeaders Media.

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Healthcare Reform and the Economy: Are Either Looking Up?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2010

I was struck recently by the conflicting predictions some healthcare and financial industry experts are offering regarding healthcare reform's impact on the healthcare industry.

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Minnesota Nurses Push National Agenda

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2010

National Nurses United has vowed to create a unified agenda and push for staffing ratios at every local affiliate. They're making good on that pledge in Minnesota, and they are showing themselves to be formidable.

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