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March 4, 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

State Challenges to Law Grow in Wake of Ruling; One Insurer Vows to Keep Complying
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

Several states have joined their federal counterparts in ramping up the fight against the health reform law following a Florida judge’s “unconstitutional” ruling Jan. 31, but there may be limitations to what opponents can do at this point, health insurance and legal observers tell AIS .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Get to Know Your Program-Integrity Contractors

The Medicare watchdog role has been outsourced to contractors at a magnitude never seen before, and it's important to know exactly who is scrutinizing you ... Read more


Quote of the Day

“The rationale behind [a new rule imposed by the Ohio Pharmacy Board that limits transferring Rx refills between pharmacies to no more than once a year] was simply the safety factor. We’ve seen people transfer a prescription literally 40 times to take advantage of the savings. But with that many transfers, the possibility of error in the transactions is just too great.”

- Kelly Vyzral, director of government affairs for the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

Click here to read the DRUG BENEFIT NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for DBN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

$3 million … of the $4.3 million fine levied against Cignet Health (of Temple Hills, Md.) by HHS’s Office for Civil Rights was for “willful neglect,” in what an OCR spokesperson termed an “astounding” failure to cooperate with the agency’s investigation of an alleged HIPAA patient records violation.

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


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Gentium S.p.A. named Adrian Haigh senior vice president of commercial operations. Haigh was regional vice president of commercial operations at Biogen Idec...WellPoint, Inc. promoted Kate Quinn to senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Quinn was vice president of corporate marketing.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

American Medical and Life Insurance Company
Chief Compliance Officer
Virtual East Coast

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