Law & Legislation

Empire Health Experiences Rapid Results from Two Initiatives

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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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Virginia Gay Looks to Value-Based Future with Enthusiasm and Anticipation

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Mike Riege, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Gay Hospital by Pete Fernbaugh Mike Riege, chief executive officer of Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, Iowa, has been with the organization for 24 years, originally being hired as chief financial officer, then being promoted to CEO in 1992. Riege has presided over impressive growth during his tenure. In […]

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Bellin-ThedaCare Transitioning Physicians to Pay for Performance

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Dr. Dave Krueger, executive director of Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners, which is located in both Appleton and Green Bay, Wis., discusses the complexities of transitioning physician contracts from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance.  

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Razaghi Overcomes Many Challenges to Provide Healthcare to Native Americans

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Ahmad R. Razaghi, president and chief executive officer of Razaghi Healthcare in Las Vegas, Nev., explains the many regulatory and cultural challenges involved in providing care to Native Americans.  

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DIG Navigates Regulatory Standards Worldwide

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Dr. John A. Bennett, founder of Devon International Group (DIG) with U.S. headquarters in King of Prussia, Penn., describes the challenges of navigating healthcare regulations around the globe.  

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West Shore Medical Rebounds from Loss of CAH Status

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James Barker, president and CEO of West Shore Medical Center in Manistee, Mich., Diane Banks, vice president of performance improvement, and Julie Blaney, marketing director, discuss how the organization responded to its loss of critical access hospital (CAH) status in September 2012.

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First Hospital-Practice Antitrust Ruling Sets Interesting Precedent

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As more and more hospitals are buying up physician practices, an antitrust lawsuit was inevitable, and last week, the first one of its kind received a stern and concise ruling from a higher court. According to Ilen MacDonald at FierceHealthcare, “A federal judge ruled Friday that St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho violated antitrust laws […]

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What Hospitals Should Know about EHR Donations to Practices

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The laws for underwriting the cost of EHR software for affiliated practices was recently extended and revised, reports Michelle Holmes at Information Week. So what are the broader implications of this for hospitals? First, some background on the laws in question. According to Holmes, “[T]he Stark Law (or physician self-referral statute) prohibits a physician from […]

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Survey: Will Obamacare Make Healthcare Better?

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The news surrounding healthcare reform in the latter half of 2013 has been largely negative, but negative press is not always indicative of how healthcare leaders feel on the local level. In an unscientific survey of 74 C-Suite executives, Health Affairs found enough anecdotal evidence that healthcare leaders are largely optimistic about the impact reform […]

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What are Your Physicians Worrying About in the New Year?

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As healthcare executives, you interact with physicians on a daily basis, whether they’re independent of or employed by your organization. This is obvious, of course, but just how closely do you interact with them? Do you listen to them? Do you hear their views on the transformational changes occurring in healthcare right now? In fact, […]

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