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For-Profit Hospices Cherry Picking?

Study: Health Insurers Consolidate Market Power

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, February 2, 2011

MarketWatch:  Few Players In Health Insurance Markets

Health insurers are consolidating their market power throughout the nation as nearly two-thirds of U.S. cities are dominated by two carriers and nearly half of all metro areas are controlled by one, a study released…finds (Britt, 2/1).

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New Findings: For-Profit Hospices May Choose Cheaper-To-Treat Patients

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, February 2, 2011

Los Angeles Times:  For Profit Hospices May Choose Cheaper-To-Treat Patients, Study Finds

Study results released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association report that for-profit hospice services may be selecting patients who are less expensive to treat – leaving the pricier patients to nonprofit agencies (Brown, 2/1).

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Eli’s Home Care Week (excerpt)

Eli Research 2010

You might want to take a look at a new fraud and abuse resource Medicare is handing out to freshly minted physicians.  At the request of medical schools, the HHS Office of Inspector General has issued the “Roadmap for New Physicians:  Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.”

The new tool summarizes the five main federal fraud and abuse laws, and offers tips regarding how doctors can comply with the laws.  Those five laws are the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the Exclusion Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law.

Tip:  The document isn’t just for medical students – if you feel you could use a refresher on any of these fraud and abuse topics, check out the OIG’s Roadmap online at http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/PhysicianEducation.

To subscribe call 1.800.874.9180 or Log on to www.hcnewsletters.com/hcw

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Fifty-Four Percent of 100 Best Places to Work Have Broad-Based Employee Ownership Plans (excerpt)

The National Center for Employee Ownership, NCEO Email Bulletin, February 15, 2011

Of the 72 employers on the 2011 Fortune magazine 100 Best Companies to Work For list that are for-profit, U.S.-based, and not legal or accounting partnerships, 39 (54%) have some form of broad-based employee ownership.

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The Looking Glass (excerpt)

Treasury & Risk, February 2011

31% of executives say they find sites such as LinkedIn useful for professional networking, up from just 20% in 2009.

MOST USEFUL SETTINGS FOR PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING MenWomenBusiness or trade associations83%74%Company Activities44%41%Training programs38%38%Informal get-togethers38%37%Social networking sites34%30%

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