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May 4, 2011

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Today's Featured Story

Office for Civil Rights Pushes ‘Culture of Compliance,’ Shares Data on HIPAA Breaches and Investigations
Reprinted from Report on Patient Privacy

The HHS Office for Civil Rights has a “clear message” for covered entities and business associates, in case the $5.3 million in penalties it assessed less than two months ago wasn’t strong enough. “We are serious about enforcement,” said the new OCR hire who actually has “enforcement” in her title — Valerie Morgan-Alston, OCR’s new deputy director for enforcement and regional operations.... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

The Quest to Save Brokers

In weekly conference calls of a small National Association of Insurance Commissioners working group, a possible solution to a troublesome side effect of the health reform law may be starting to get formed. At issue for the Health Care Reform Actuarial Working Group of NAIC's health actuarial task force is what to do about the impact on minimum medical loss ratio (MLR) rules on the pay and thus the very existence of health insurance brokers.... Read more


Quote of the Day

"It’s very hard for me to see anyone other than hospitals running [ACOs]. I think what you’re going to get is a lot of consolidation and a lot of pricing power [for hospital systems]. I don’t see the ACO regulations creating this; I see them adding fuel to the fire."

— Robert Galvin, M.D., CEO of Equity Healthcare and former director of global health at General Electric Co., at the recent World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read the Health Plan Week article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

$7,000 … per year in additional premiums and coinsurance for the average Medicare beneficiary would result by 2022 from the GOP deficit reduction plan, according to the Democratic leadership on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Click here to read the AIS's Health Reform Week article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for HRW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City appointed Blake Williamson, M.D., chief medical officer (CMO). Williamson was vice president and CMO at TriSource….bioVIGIL named Peter Mojica chief technology officer and chief information officer. Mojica was vice president of product management at Awarepoint Corp.


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