The so-called "mega" privacy rule is not enforceable until September, but hospital and health system executives should begin reviewing current policies now to identify changes necessary for compliance, observers say. >>>
Highmark Inc.'s pilot patient-centered medical home project saw a nearly 2% reduction in costs per member per month, while traditional care delivery programs notched cost increases, prompting the payer to expand the program in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. >>>
A fear of major reimbursement cuts and other factors are building toward a "crescendo" of physician interest in direct pay medicine, suggests a report conducted for The Physicians Foundation. >>>
The overdue final version of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act outlines reporting requirements on all grants, fees, and reimbursements provided to physicians and teaching hospitals by manufacturers of medical devices and prescription drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid. >>>
In his inaugural address, President Obama signaled his commitment to rolling out the rest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In its second term, his administration must show how the law will incent providers to work harder to protect patients. >>>
In an interview, the new chair of the American Hospital Association's Section for Small or Rural Hospitals speaks forcefully about the relevance of rural hospitals, and the need to address reimbursement cuts. >>>
Date: February 14, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
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