Politics

Empire Health Experiences Rapid Results from Two Initiatives

January 27, 2015
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Antony Chiang, president of Empire Health Foundation in Spokane, Wash., describes the rapid results his organization has seen from two initiatives: Dental Emergencies Needing Treatment (DENT) and the In-Person Assistance Network.  

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Safe harbors on the way for Accountable Health Organizations

October 5, 2010
Safe harbor for ACOs?

Accountable Health Organizations have the potential to generate some of the efficiencies people admire in integrated groups like the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics.  And by 2012, ACOs will get the ultimate seal of establishment approval, qualifying for Medicare incentive payments. But will the legal structure work?  Some attorneys have begun to suggest that such groups might raise antitrust and […]

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FDA Avandia rules may driven by politics

September 30, 2010
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If the stats on its clinical risks are so negative, why is diabetes drug Avandia still on the U.S. market? Well, according to blogger John Mack, a pharma industry insider who keeps a close eye on these things, the answer may have more to do with politics than medicine. As things stand, European regulators have […]

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Congressional groundswell emerging to change tax provision in reform law

September 12, 2010
Congress may change tax reporting requirements under reform law

The reform law may be facing its first serious challenge, with Democrats joining Republicans to seek repeal of a tax provision in reform legislation. According to The New York Times, current rules within PPACA require businesses to file a 1099 form naming anyone to whom they pay $600 or more for goods or services in […]

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Florida AMA chapter threatens civil war

September 10, 2010

For those of us who have watched the American Medical Association over decades, it’s well known that the group is, well, unfraid of internal debate. In fact, gossip has it that the AMA-affiliated social media site Sermo is so roiled by debate — and dominated by the hotter-tempered conservatives in the room — that it’s […]

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