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April 27, 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

Obama-GOP Budget Deal Will Affect Few Participants in Exchanges, Observers Say
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

An 11th-hour budget deal between the White House and Republican lawmakers chips away funds for some of the health reform law’s coverage options, yet health care consultants are predicting that relatively few individuals will be affected by the changes .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Are ‘Death Panels’ Making a Comeback?

Over the weekend, a Facebook friend posted a fascinating line-by-line criticism of the health reform law. Hospitals, according to the note, will be required to ration cancer treatment of Medicare patients after age 67! As a health care reporter, that got my attention. I’ve read the law…how did I miss that? The infamous death panels were also mentioned, as well as a host of other nonsensical items. Apparently, this item predates the reform law and first surfaced during the heated Congressional debates of 2009, according to online myth-buster ... Read more


Quote of the Day

“When you issue a mandate, but don’t check on it, what happens?

— Jim Sheehan, Medicaid inspector general for New York state, discussing with AIS’s Report on Medicare Compliance CMS’s lax enforcement of the compliance-program mandate for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans.

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


Today's Datapoint

82% … of patients on brand drugs say they believe in the value of taking generics, according to Express Scripts, Inc.’s 2010 Drug Trend Report.

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


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Huron Consulting Group named Ben Foster managing director of its Huron Healthcare practice. Previously, Foster worked at MedeAnalytics and Accenture where he managed their health care process consulting groups....AAIPharma Services Corp., a developer of pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing services, appointed Paul Maffuid executive vice president of operations. Maffuid was president at Biopharmalogics, Inc.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Blue Shield of California
Regional Medical Director - Northern California
San Francisco

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