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July 15, 2011

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Today's Featured Story

DOJ Steps Up Enforcement With Indictment Of ‘Loose Lips’ Doctor, Hospital Visitor
Reprinted from Report on Patient Privacy

After the HITECH Act passed in 2009 and civil penalties were increased, the federal government began warning it finally was getting serious about HIPAA enforcement .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

So…What Happened to Repeal and Replace?

The drumbeat to repeal and replace the health reform law has quieted down quite a bit since the mid-term elections…or maybe it’s just being drowned out as Republican and Democratic lawmakers and President Obama battle over the deficit reduction ... Read more


Quote of the Day

“I don’t think the tax-exempt hospitals need be particularly fearful that their accountable care endeavors will lead them outside of compliance with their charitable status. But I do think they need to understand, and will need to express to the IRS, the range of their care management goals and how [ACOs] further their charitable mission.”

— Mark Lutes, a partner in the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., told AIS’s ACO Business News.

Click here to read the ACO BUSINESS NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for ABN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

500,000 … people with Medicare Part D insurance who have reached the program’s coverage gap this year have received an automatic 50% discount on their covered brand-name prescription drugs under the reform law, according to CMS.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

Providence Hospital named Raymond Cox, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer. Cox was chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Agnes Hospital....The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn. appointed Greg Pawlson, M.D., executive director of quality innovations. Pawlson was executive vice president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Executive Director, Care Delivery Innovation

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