Dec. 9, 2010

Today’s issue of Health Business Daily is brought to you by AIS’s Health Reform Week, the nation’s leading publication on the business implications of the massive changes for the health industry mandated by reform.

Today's Featured Story

States Consider Basic Health Program for Low-Income Coverage Outside Exchanges

As states begin work to implement health insurance exchanges by January 2014, there is growing interest in a lesser-known provision of the federal reform statute: the Basic Health Program. The measure allows states to enter into contracts with health plans to provide essential health benefits to people with incomes above the new Medicaid threshold of 133% of the federal poverty level and up to 200% of FPL who would otherwise have subsidized coverage through the exchanges.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“In the U.S., poor [health care] quality leads to as many as 45 million avoidable sick days…the equivalent of 180,000 full-time employees calling in sick every day for a full year, and that is what we are losing in the productivity marketplace…so we must do better.”

— HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius told the recent annual conference of the National Business Coalition on Health.

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Today's Datapoint

10%... incentive payments will begin on Jan. 1 for Medicare services that are provided by primary care practitioners and general surgeons who perform major surgery in areas designated by CMS as having shortages of health professionals, according to CMS’s final Nov.2 rulemaking to implement portions of the health reform law that expand Medicare preventive services.

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People on the Move

Pfizer Inc. promoted Ian C. Read to president, CEO and director. He was head of the company's global biopharmaceutical operations. Read succeeds Jeffrey B. Kindler, who on Dec. 5 suddenly resigned....Christopher Viehbacher, CEO at sanofi-aventis, became chairman of the board of directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) upon Kindler's resignation.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Chief Medical Officer
Burlington, Mass.

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