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July 8, 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

HHS Prevention Push Has Provider Support; Critics Say It Won’t Improve Health System
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

HHS has been charging ahead over the last few weeks with health reform initiatives to reduce illness and disease, unveiling a new report that evidences the use of free preventive services under the health reform law. Some providers welcome these efforts as long overdue, but skeptics are quick to point out that more preventive services won’t necessarily result in lowered costs, or in more freedom of choice for patients .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Consumer Groups Slam NAIC Vote for Brokers

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has long signaled its discomfort with the PPACA-mandated inclusion of broker and agent commissions in medical loss ratio (MLR) calculations ... Read more


Quote of the Day

“Chemotherapy can be a high proportion of the cost of cancer treatment, which is increasing steadily….Being able to identify the primary tumor and thus choose the most appropriate treatment can allow patients to avoid the toxicity of broader and, in some cases, useless chemotherapy. The tissue of origin test has been shown to increase the percentage of cases in which a tissue-specific diagnosis can be made.”

Shawn Becker, M.D., vice president of marketing and reimbursement for Pathwork, 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

5.39% … was the growth in health care costs in the 12-month period that ended in April, the smallest rate in the six year history of the index, according to Standard & Poor’s Healthcare Economic Indices.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

JHP Pharmaceuticals said Stuart Hinchen would succeed Peter Jenkins as CEO. Hinchen has acted as president and chief operating officer since 2007....WellPoint, Inc. appointed Robert Dixon, Jr., to its board of directors. Dixon is senior vice president and global chief information officer at PepsiCo, Inc.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Payor Relations Management Director
Glen Burnie, Md.

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