Jan. 17, 2011

Today’s issue 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

Sponsors of Dental, Vision Plans Struggle to Understand Impact of Reform Law
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

Self-funded group plans with dental and/or vision benefits are struggling to understand how the federal reform law will affect these policies, employee health-benefit consultants at The Segal Co. tell AIS. Unless the dental or vision plan is designed in a very specific way, it must comply with reform mandates — such as dependent coverage up to age 26 and lifetime dollar limits on the pediatric dental benefit, consultants explain. And until regulators answer questions such as whether orthodonture is part of pediatric dental as an “essential benefit” under the law, plan sponsors must make reasonable judgments about coverage .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“There is no such thing as perfect security. Companies can throw large amounts of money at an attempt to build 'Fort Knox,' but they may still be breached. So they have a choice: They can retain the risk or they can transfer the risk. Insurance is one way to transfer that risk, and after a certain point it might make economic sense for a company to do so — rather than invest more money in trying to achieve perfect security, which is impossible.”

— David Navetta, a principal with the information Law Group, told AIS’s Report on Patient Privacy

Click here to read the REPORT ON PATIENT PRIVACY article in which this quote appeared. (Free for RPP subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

17% … of patients admitted to University of California at San Francisco hospitals between June 2006 and May 2008 were readmitted within 30 days, according to a study in the October 2010 issue of Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Click here to read the REPORT ON MEDICARE COMPLIANCE article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for RMC subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


People on the Move

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO Daniel Loepp was elected chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn. board of directors. He succeeds Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City President and CEO Tom Bowser....The Pacific Meso Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute named Clare Cameron executive director. Cameron was senior campaign director at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Manager-Clinical Operations

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