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Open Payments website reveals $3.5 billion paid to docs, hospitals
By Jaimy Lee | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than half a million U.S. physicians and 1,360 U.S. hospitals have financial relationships with medical device and drug companies, according to data released Tuesday under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Spotlight to shine on physician payments
By Jaimy Lee | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While the Sunshine Act was intended to help patients understand potential conflicts of interest in their care, some stakeholders fear the data may be used by government investigators and insurers tracking doctors' prescribing, surgical and other practice patterns.

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Industry skittish about Open Payments database launch
By Jaimy Lee | September 26, 2014
With less than a week to go before the CMS unveils a new database describing payments made by industry to doctors and teaching hospitals, anxiety is high for the many people and organizations with their reputations on the line.

IRS finalizes rule limiting insurers' tax deductions for employee pay
By Virgil Dickson | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Internal Revenue Service is issuing final regulations regarding a somewhat obscure provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes a $500,000 limit on the tax deductibility of health insurers' employee pay.

GlaxoSmithKline to end promotional pay to doctors
By Boston Globe | September 19, 2014
The research chief of GlaxoSmithKline said Wednesday that the British drug giant is becoming a more “open” organization, moving toward greater collaboration in developing medicines and building confidence with the public by halting payments to doctors for giving promotional talks about...

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Pharmacist arrested in tainted-steroid case
By Associated Press | September 04, 2014
A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said.

Home health workers to join call for $15-an-hour wage
By Adam Rubenfire | September 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Fast-food workers recently have been leading the call for a $15-an-hour wage, and now unionized home health workers plan to publicly join in that fight.

Doctors are shifting their business models
By Los Angeles Times | September 02, 2014
Being a doctor in private practice today is more complicated than it used to be, with growing financial pressures, more government regulation, greater oversight by insurers, rapid developments in medicine and pressure to keep up with technology. In response, doctors say they are increasingly...

67 Tips to Improve Your Employed Physician Network's ROI
September 02, 2014
Employed physicians are critical to value-based care, yet for many hospitals and health systems, they're underperforming assets and a drain on the bottom line.

Indiana hospitals fight state's salary disclosure law
By Associated Press | September 01, 2014
Indiana county hospitals are seeking an exemption from a requirement that they make the salaries of doctors and staff public, saying doing so puts them at a disadvantage with their private counterparts.



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