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Thursday, April 29, 2010


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Health Insurers Will Implement New Rescission Standards in May

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2010

Health insurers, feeling pressure from Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services, said late Wednesday that they will accelerate by almost five months implementation of the provision of the healthcare reform law that stops the practice of rescission. The announcement came after insurance giants WellPoint and UnitedHealthcare announced on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, that they would end any use of rescissions effective May 1—except when cases of cases of "fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact" were evident.

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Diagnostic Imaging Uses 57% of the Cost of Cancer Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

The cost of treating cancer has been going up, but the cost of imaging to diagnose and stage those with the disease is skyrocketing, according to a report.

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Nearly Half of Primary Care Docs Get No Additional Compensation for On-call

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

Nearly half—44%—of primary care physicians received no additional compensation for on-call coverage, according to the Medical Group Management Association’s Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data.

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Nebraska Governor Turns Down Federal High-Risk Pool

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in a letter sent this week that his state would not operate a new federal high-risk insurance pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

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Former NY Hospital Execs Indicted in Bid-Rigging Scheme

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

A federal grand jury has indicted two former hospital executives for their alleged roles in a bid-rigging conspiracy at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Department of Justice announced.

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Consumer Confidence Remains Low for Paying Healthcare Costs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2010

Two separate studies reveal that consumers' confidence in their ability to access and pay for healthcare is dropping. In one study from Thomson Reuters, consumer confidence appeared to slide from the beginning of the year, while uninsured medical expenses appeared to be a pressing financial concern, according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Beth Israel's Transparency-Touting Levy Apologizes for Doing Something to Someone

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

Whatever Paul Levy's blunder, the Beth Israel board's and spokesperson's responses to the situation provide a lesson in crisis communications.

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Health Insurance Reform May Be Far From Over

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

After a year of debate, the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act seemed like a definitive period at the end of long sentence. But for the health insurance industry, it might have just been a comma.

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Will We Ever Start Calling Nurses 'Doctor'?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2010

Several states are seeking to expand the authority of nurse practitioners. They would do this in large part for nurses to get recognized for the care they already provide, as well as to meet anticipated demand.

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