Dec. 28, 2010

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Facility Pays Larger Fine for Failing to Disclose Employees Excluded From Medicare
Reprinted from Report on Medicare Compliance

American Senior Communities agreed to pay $376,000 to settle a civil money penalty case over its employment of seven nurses, certified nurse aides and kitchen workers who were excluded from Medicare at the time, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General and an attorney for the facility .... Read Full Story

Quote of the Day

The global health care budget recommendation by the national deficit commission “is completely ridiculous, because it never works. Every other health care system in the world has a global budget, and they’ve always exceeded the rate of inflation. The idea that you can control one-sixth of the economy by administrative control is magical thinking. I think they just threw that in there because they couldn’t think of what else to come up with.”

— Rob Goldberg, Ph.D., vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, told AIS’s Health Reform Week.

Click here to read the AIS's HEALTH REFORM WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HRW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

$2,000…in health care costs per year is often the level of the cap found in limited-benefit (or mini-med) plans.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).

People on the Move

Avalere Health, an advisory services company for the health care industry, appointed John Neeson to its board of directors. Neeson has more than 25 years of experience in business-to-business marketing and is a former senior executive at the Gartner Group.... athenahealth, Inc., a web-based practice management, electronic health record, and patient communication services company, appointed David Robinson to its board of directors. Robinson most recently served athenahealth in the roles of executive advisor and chief operating officer.

Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Chief Medical Officer
Burlington, Mass.

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