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A Health System Thrives . . . In Detroit?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I recently talked to Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting for a story I'm writing in an upcoming issue of HealthLeaders magazine, but I just couldn't wait to share everything about what she and I talked about until then. Detroit's experienced economic malaise for a couple of decades now, not just a couple of years. So how is Henry Ford Health System thriving amidst all the economic carnage?
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  May 14, 2010

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Beth Israel's decision on Levy faces Massachusetts AG review
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Paul Levy, CEO of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his "undisclosed lack of judgment" that resulted in a $50,000 fine for Levy and a bunch of bad press for the hospital. Now the Massachusetts attorney general is getting involved. The state's attorney general's office said that it will review whether the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center appropriately handled the issue, and whether charitable funds were misspent because of a personal relationship Levy had with an employee. Despite this news, the board has not disclosed details of its investigation or what Levy's lapse of judgment entailed. [Read More]
Federal Anti-Fraud Efforts Call for More Scrutiny of Providers
After reporting Thursday that a record $2.5 billion was deposited into the Medicare Trust Fund in fiscal 2009 from anti-fraud efforts, Obama administration officials announced they will be increasing their anti-fraud efforts under healthcare reform. That means healthcare providers can expect tighter oversight and increased enforcement to detect and stop Medicare and Medicaid fraud. To get providers—as well as Medicare and Medicaid suppliers—up to speed with requirements, HHS will be making "resources for us to conduct compliance training programs" in the upcoming year, said HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson. [Read More]
Jackson Health System quality-of-care lawsuit can proceed
The trouble continues for Miami-based Jackson Health System. After a union lawyer announced that Jackson staffers could prove that insured patients get better care than the uninsured, a judge allowed to proceed part of a lawsuit that demands that the public health system establish a mechanism to "assure there is one standard of patient care." Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Victoria Platzer, however, threw out two counts of the lawsuit seeking to stop layoffs at Jackson. The union had sought a temporary injunction stopping layoffs until questions of patient care and safety could be addressed. Jackson is eliminating about 650 positions to reduce an annual deficit that's estimated to be more than $230 million unless "drastic steps are taken," the Miami Herald reports. [Read More]
Federal Law Proposed To Regulate Health Plan Premium Hikes
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) have again called for passage of companion bills they've introduced to mandate federal oversight of health plan premiums, saying it's clear now that insurance companies are more concerned about profits than patients. The companion bills the lawmakers have introduced would require health plans to submit rate hikes over a certain amount to the Secretary of HHS for review and approval. Stay tuned. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Washington, DC, jumps at healthcare savings in expanded Medicaid
Washington Post - May 14, 2010
Stock market drop takes toll on Pennsylvania hospitals
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 14, 2010
Judge lets Washington, DC, back out of United Medical Center takeover plan
Washington Post - May 14, 2010
Healthcare Costs Up 7.8% for PPO Plans; Miami, New York City Most Expensive
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - May 13, 2010
GOP targets nominee to run health agency, contends Berwick would ration care
Boston Globe - May 13, 2010
Former Massachusetts hospital executive sentenced
Boston Globe - May 13, 2010
Healthcare overhaul is up against long campaign across U.S.
Washington Post - May 12, 2010
SEIU's Henry keeps focus on healthcare
Wall Street Journal - May 12, 2010
New York City hospitals' budget to cut 500 more jobs
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