Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'transparency'

NY Missing From Leapfrog's 2014 'Top Hospitals' List

The Leapfrog Group has released its 'Top Hospitals' of 2014 and not one New York hospital made the list. The Leapfrog Group is an employer-based coalition advocating for improved quality, transparency and safety in hospitals. See the list an a...

FDA Basics aims to help consumers gain better understanding of agency

From FDA News Jan. 12 2010 (1) FDA unveiled the first phase of its Transparency Initiative which is designed to explain agency operations, how it makes decisions, and the drug approval process. During an online presentation, the chair of the...

Broker Pay Disclosure Rule Challenged

From the Business Insurance website December 7, 2009: The New York State Insurance Department last week took the final step toward promulgating new regulations that would require agents and brokers operating in the state to disclose all forms of compensation...

Welcoming the New FDA.gov website; Transparency Blog with Comments

Commissioner Hamburg recently presented the new FDA.gov website (1-see the video). The new website is easier to read and navigate around due to changes in space methods and an improved, helpful organization. It's a better guide and the space and...

Governor Takes Aim at Big Pharma

From the DOH website, May 15th: Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has proposed legislation to limit the influence of pharmaceutical manufacturers over prescription decisions. The Governor’s bill would ban gifts and payments from drug companies to physicians...

AG and Legislative Leaders Announce "Doctor Ranking Model Code" Initiative

On the AG's website today: Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced that they have agreed to pass legislation in New York based on Cuomo's Doctor Ranking Model Code....

Minnesota Medical Association Turns the Tables, Ranks Insurers' P4P Programs

Turnabout is fair play, at least idiomatically speaking: In their most confrontational move yet, the [Minnesota Medical A]ssociation turned the tables on insurers by ranking nine of the so-called pay-for-performance programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ranked at...

AG, Aetna Agree Over Physician Rankings

On the Attorney General's website: Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today [Nov. 13] announced an agreement for doctor ranking programs with Aetna, the third largest health insurer in the country with over 16 million members nationwide. Aetna is the second...

AG Okays Cigna's Physician Rankings

According to the New York Times online: Cigna Corporation has agreed to improve its rankings of physicians in response to an investigation of health insurers suspected of directing patients to cheaper doctors, according to the office of Attorney General Andrew...

AG Puts the Brakes On More Physician Ranking Programs

According to an AG press release issued yesterday: In an expanding industry-wide investigation, New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today [10/18/2007] issued letters to Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Preferred Care, and HIP Health Plan of New York/GHI requesting...

FDA Amendments Act of 2007 Signed Into Law

The White House news reported Sept. 27, 2007 that "the President signed H.R. 3580, the FDA Amendments Act of 2007, which reauthorizes a number of Food and Drug programs including the PDUFA and MDUFA; extends and modifies authorities related to...

HHC Puts Infection and Death Rates Online

From today's New York Times online: The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the nation's largest public health system, plans to begin publicly releasing data today on infection and death rates at its 11 hospitals, in response to widespread...

Nursing Home Quality/Inspection Data on DOH Website

According to the DOH website: The New York State Department of Health has updated its Web site to include important information on nursing home quality --- including the results of state inspections. People using the site, http://nursinghomes.nyhealth.gov, will be able...

Attorney General Opposes Provider Quality/Cost Rankings

Saturday's New York Times reports on an effort by the Attorney General's office to shut down UnitedHealthcare's imminent pricing and quality rankings: In a sharply worded letter, the New York State attorney general's office asked a health insurance company yesterday...

WSJ Rounds Up Hospital Data

Today's Wall Street Journal (subscription ordinarily required, although today - - 7/10/07 - - all online content is available free) rounds up a number of databases available online to consumers wishing to research hospitals. Notable inclusions appear below the fold....

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