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April 9, 2012
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Supreme Hoopla Continues
“Choosing Wisely” is Key To Health Care Cost Containment
No ICD-10 till 2014
Are Those MLR Rebates Taxable Income or Not?
Health Wonk Widgets
What We’re Reading
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Supreme Hoopla Continues

With Congress out of town on spring break and the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the constitutionality of the health care law over and done with, we thought all might be quiet on the Washington front last week. Fortunately, the Obama administration and a federal judge from Texas prevented us from going into health policy drama withdrawal. Read More

“Choosing Wisely” is Key To Health Care Cost Containment

Last week, nine major medical specialty societies representing 374,000 physicians nationally began their “choosing wisely” campaign geared at reducing healthcare costs by educating the public and fellow healthcare providers about over-utilization of healthcare services.  Read More

No ICD-10 till 2014

That collective sigh of relief you heard this morning came from both providers and health insurers. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) gave them a little bit of breathing room this morning via a proposed rule that delays compliance with the new ICD-10 diagnostic coding system by one year.  Read More

Are Those MLR Rebates Taxable Income or Not?

No one knows for sure if they are getting an MLR rebate yet, or how much (or little) they might be receiving, but the Internal Revenue Service has already thought about the tax implications for those rebates.  Read More

Health Wonk Widgets

What would we do without the Internet? We wouldn’t have cool online calculators and infographics to learn from/waste time/play with, that’s for sure. Two new health policy widgets went live last week.  Read More

What We’re Reading

From PPACA replacement plans to pregnant men, our reading list this past week has been very entertaining! Read More

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