Breaking Healthcare News January 4, 2013
- Seeking autonomy, N.Y. doc groups join forces
St. Peter’s Health Partners, Albany, N.Y., has created a fully affiliated physician practice with its existing medical group and five others, establishing an organization of more than 250 doctors.
- CMS delays enforcing HIPAA claims standards
The CMS has rolled back by three months the date it will begin enforcing new standards that health plans, claims clearinghouses, providers and others must meet when checking insurance eligibility and the status of healthcare claims electronically.
- Healthcare accounts for 29% of jobs added in December
Healthcare added nearly 45,000 jobs in December, more than twice the number added the previous month, and accounted for more than a quarter of the increase in overall nonfarm employment, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted data from the…
- Two Calif. unions form alliance, strengthen position against SEIU
National Union of Healthcare Workers and the California Nurses Association have announced an affiliation agreement that will heat up the unions’ rivalry with the Service Employees International Union.
- Indian court to rule on generic-drug industry
From Africa’s crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India’s drug companies can…
- Sleep diagnostics firm to pay $15 million settlement
A Florida company that performs diagnostic tests on patients suffering from sleep disorders has agreed to pay $15.3 million to settle claims that it improperly billed Medicare and other programs.
- CO-OP funding cut, but consumer-led plans may survive
The fiscal-cliff deal’s elimination of funding for not-for-profit consumer-led health plans may not spell the end for such plans.
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