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June 2, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by The HCCA-AIS Medicaid Compliance News, monthly news and valuable how-to strategies for identifying and reducing today’s top Medicaid compliance risks.

Today's Featured Story

New York’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General Starts Reviewing Providers for Effectiveness of Compliance Programs
Reprinted from The HCCA-AIS Medicaid Compliance News

With more than a handful of compliance program effectiveness reviews now under its belt, the New York State Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) is telling providers what to expect with new tools on its website and at public events.... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

ACOs and MA Plans: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

The health reform law specifically states that health plans such as Medicare Advantage plans cannot become an accountable care organization (ACO) in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program. But in light of the recent flurry of establishing ACOs in the private and Medicare sectors, is it likely that the two entities ever will have a direct — or indirect — impact on one another?... Read more


Quote of the Day

With the FDA’s recent proposal to create user fees for follow-on biologics, “they’re trying to put a process together for a market that doesn’t exist. It’s a stab in the dark. The FDA is molding the market — it’s making the market — with this user-fee program.”

— Eric Hargan, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s health and FDA business practice, told AIS’s Specialty Pharmacy News.

Click here to read the SPECIALTY PHARMACY NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for SPN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

$70 million … was earned in the first quarter of 2011 by Massachusetts’ four largest insurers, compared with a net loss of $150 million for the same period in 2010.



FierceHealthcare News from our partner FierceMarkets

Physician-owned hospital fights reform limits

Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) has filed a formal notice of appeal in its ongoing battle against growth restrictions in the healthcare reform law that make it nearly impossible for physician-owned hospitals to expand, according to PHA.... Read more


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. named Tony Strange the company’s chairman of the board. Strange is Gentiva’s president and CEO and is succeeding Ron Malone as chairman. Malone will remain a director….CHRISTUS Health announced several changes to its leadership team, including naming Ernie Sadau as its president and CEO, Gene Woods as executive vice president and COO, Randy Safady as executive vice president and CFO and John Gillean as executive vice president and chief clinical officer, among others.


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