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Feb. 2, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS's Report on Medicare Compliance, the nation's leading source of news and strategic information on Medicare compliance, Stark and other big-dollar issues of concern to health care compliance officers.

Today's Featured Story

RAC Misinterprets a Basic Coding Rule, Raises Questions About Its Knowledge Level
Reprinted from Report on Medicare Compliance

Hospitals should be on the lookout for claims denials by auditors who are misapplying basic Medicare rules. If an auditor’s errors are identified quickly, hospitals may be able to avoid appealing claims denials, although that’s not always the case .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“We don’t think the additional 1% cut [in Medicare payments for hospitals in the top 25% for rates of hospital-acquired conditions] makes sense. And the reason for that is it’s going to be so arbitrary – the difference between being in the penalty box and not being in the penalty box is going to be statistically meaningless. It could be one freak thing that occurs….I think value-based purchasing is a much more long-term, sensible approach to drive performance improvement.”

— Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs for the Premier Inc. health care alliance, 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

5.7 million … people are now covered by health plans that are paired with either a health savings account (HSA) or health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), up from 1.2 million in 2006.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

CaroMont Health named Jerry Levine, M.D., executive vice president for clinical integration and chief medical officer. Levine was physician liaison for quality and safety at Hackensack University Medical Center....Roymi Membiela was promoted to corporate vice president of marketing and public relations for Baptist Health South Florida. Membiela was assistant vice president of marketing and public relations.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Manager-Clinical Operations
Phoenix, Ariz

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