Last Week’s Hot Topics in Health Law
The days speed by and so much happens, that it’s good to regroup over the weekend and, while enjoying a cup of coffee, see what you may have missed. In no particular order, here are some items to be aware of:
- AMA Calls for Design Overhaul of Electronic Health Records to Improve Usability — The AMA, with the help of the RAND Corporation, has figured out that physicians are struggling with their EHR systems.
- Despite Progress, Problems—New And Old—Pop Up In Florida’s Medicaid Managed Care Program — Problems challenge Florida’s new Medicaid Managed Care system. In other news about the struggles with Medicaid, Kaiser Health News reported on ways states game the Medicaid system.
- Healthcare costs in South Florida and the Nation are often Shrouded in Secrecy — The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News have been exploring secrecy in healthcare pricing. Interestingly, some states, e.g., New Hampshire, have better healthcare pricing transparency.
- USF Medical School extends deal with Tampa General — USF med students and faculty continue their relationship with TGH. In related news, USF severed its relations with The Villages Health.
- OIG Issues Special Advisory Bulletin, Report on Manufacturer Copayment Coupons — Pharmaceutical manufacturers do not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent their copayment coupons from being used to fund copayments for drugs paid for by Medicare Part D.
- Florida Home Health Care Company and its Owners Agree to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations for $1.65 Million — A Plus Home Health Care, Inc. located in Ft. Lauderdale and its owners settle allegations against them that they hired spouses of referring physicians in a kickback scheme. In another healthcare fraud case, Dr. Farid Fata, a Detroit-area cancer specialist, pleaded guilty to putting some of his patients through unnecessary chemotherapy treatments and then billing insurers.
- CMS Says ACOs Have Saved Medicare Millions and Improved Care — In a press release, CMS issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare ACOs “have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the program.”
- Health care still big in midterms — Healthcare issues continue to burn up the political campaign airwaves. The Tampa Bay Times reported on some of the facts and fictions used in campaign rhetoric.
- 7.3 Million Who Picked Exchange Plans Paid Their Premiums — The New York Times, Bloomberg, and other news sources reported that 7.3 million people who had signed up for health insurance had paid their premiums and remained covered.
- More Doctors Optimistic About Future Of Medicine — More doctors are optimistic about their profession even if they remain skeptical of healthcare reform efforts.
Of course, the feeds on the right always provide a handy resource of what’s happening in health law.