Breaking Healthcare News November 13, 2012

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Today’s Healthcare Headlines:

  • Healthcare ranked third as top ballot issue
    Healthcare played a role in how the electorate voted last week, but the issue came in third behind the candidates’ characteristics and the economy as a leading factor, according to the findings of a November tracking poll from the Kaiser Family…
  • Blog: Stark falls to fellow Democrat; opening created on health panel
    One of the casualties from last week’s congressional elections is a familiar face in the healthcare industry: Rep. Pete Stark, the California Democrat who currently serves as the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee’s ranking minority…
  • HHS finds $1.5 billion in bad billing by SNFs
    Skilled-nursing facilities inappropriately received $1.5 billion in inappropriate Medicare payments in 2009, according to HHS’ inspector general’s office, which found that one quarter of all SNF claims in the period were done in error. The report…
  • Trinity Health subsidiary sues to block doc practice sale
    A subsidiary of Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., has filed a private antitrust lawsuit in Idaho in an attempt to block the impending sale of Idaho’s largest physician practice to Trinity’s direct competitor in the market, St. Luke’s Health System,…
  • Accountable care group formed for U. of Calif. employees
    Four San Francisco hospitals, a physicians group and a managed-care organization have entered into an accountable care agreement targeting healthcare for University of California employees who live or work in the surrounding Bay Area.
  • Ark. Medicaid faces nearly $200 million funding gap
    State finance officials said Tuesday that Arkansas’ Medicaid program will face a nearly $200 million shortfall next year even if lawmakers agree with Gov. Mike Beebe’s proposals to increase funding and use one-time money to help the agency.
  • AMA delegates approve guidelines for physician employment
    At its interim meeting in Honolulu, the American Medical Association House of Delegates approved a set of six principles for physicians entering into employment.

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