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June 15, 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

GOP Pushes for Interstate Insurance Sales; Democrats, NAIC Fear ‘Race to the Bottom’
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

Eager to promote alternatives to the health reform law, GOP House members late last month resurrected legislation to allow the interstate purchase of health insurance, a move they asserted at a recent hearing would expand the number of affordable options for uninsured Americans .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

HHS Proposes New Reports for Accounting of Disclosures Mandate

HHS proposes in a regulation released May 31 that covered entities use two different kinds of reports to show patients who has accessed their medical records .... Read more


Quote of the Day

“The uncertainty and complexity of the [still to be proposed] regulations and the timing continue to be huge challenges in preparing for an exchange marketplace in 2014. It will be extremely challenging for all parties, including insurers and states, to be up and running with an effective solution with only a two-year time frame.”

— Lynda Johnson, director of the Office of Health Care Reform at BCBS of Tennessee, told The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

Click here to read the THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for The AIS Report subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

15 … states have started giving out incentive payments to Medicaid providers for meaningful use of electronic health records, with $83 million in funds disbursed to providers since January.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals promoted Steven Fruchtman, M.D., to chief medical officer and head of medical and regulatory affairs, and Nozar Azarnia to head of biostatistics and data management. Fruchtman was vice president of clinical development and Azarnia was vice president of data management....The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America named Matthew Bennett senior vice president of communications and public affairs. Bennett was senior vice president of GolinHarris' health care communications and advocacy group.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Catalyst Rx
Clinical Manager
Chicago; Puerto Rico; Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; or St. Louis

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