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Behind the Waning Support for ACA's Individual Mandate
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate had solid backing from the public two years ago, survey data shows. Now the mandate is in serious trouble—not from the public, but from the courts. What has changed?
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  February 4, 2011

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Health Insurer Competition Absent, AMA Says
Most commercial health insurance markets in the United States are dominated by one or two health insurers, according to report this week by the American Medical Association. So where have you been on this, AMA? This level of consolidation isn't a recent occurrence. AMA says the concentration of health plans is in stark contrast to that of physicians, who it said are the least concentrated segment of the health care sector, with 78% of office-based physicians working in practices with nine physicians or less. [Read More]
Duke Health, LifePoint Form Community Hospital Joint Venture
Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals have partnered to create "flexible affiliation options" that will range from joint ventures to outright ownership of community hospitals in North Carolina, the two healthcare providers have announced. The joint venture—DLP Healthcare, LLC—combines Brentwood, TN-based LifePoint's financial resources and experience managing community-based hospitals with Durham, NC-based Duke's development of clinical services and quality measures. [Read More]
AMA: 1 in 5 Medical Claims Incorrectly Processed
The American Medical Association is urging physicians to take action against inaccurate payments from private health insurers. As part of the launch of its "Heal That Claim" campaign, the AMA is supplying physicians with tools to fight flawed and inefficient claims processing by health insurers. One out of five medical claims is processed inaccurately by commercial health insurers, according to the AMA's National Health Insurer Report Card. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Learn More]
Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
Senate rejects repeal of healthcare law as fight shifts to courts
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Pay for Performance Doesn't Deliver, Study Concludes
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Nurse Anesthetists' Scope of Practice Challenged Again in CA
HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2011
House GOP weighs Medicare limits
The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2011
CareSource to Pay OH $26M in False Claims Settlement
HealthLeaders Media, February 2, 2011
Healthcare Reform as Spectator Sport
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Fast-Service Guarantee Works for Texas Hospitals
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Drug shortages forcing some risky alternatives
USA Today, February 3, 2011
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