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February 2012 Archives

February 6, 2012

Unintended (or Intended?) Consequences


In case you missed it -- In a recent NY Times "Opinionator" column, Ezekiel Emanuel and Jeffrey Liebman (both former advisers to President Obama) predicted that health insurers will be "extinct" by 2020 because ACOs will make them "superfluous." To support that theory, the authors explained why they think ACOs will have more permanence and do a better job of controlling costs and improving care than the HMOs that came before them. Read the column here.

February 8, 2012

Health Budget Hearing today/21-day Amendments



The Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the Health portion of the 2012-13 Executive Budget proposal is being held today, beginning at 10 am, in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Additionally, the 21-day amendments to the Executive Budget proposal were released last night and are available here.

February 13, 2012

Study Finds New York Hospitals Flout Charity Rules - NYTimes.com

From today's New York Times:

New York's charity care system, partly financed by an 8.95 percent surcharge on hospital bills, is one of the most complicated in the nation, but many states have wrestled with aggressive debt collection by hospitals in recent years. Like New York, several passed laws curbing hospitals' pursuit of unpaid bills, including Illinois, California and Minnesota.

But a new study of New York hospitals' practices and state records finds that most medical centers are violating the rules without consequences, even as the state government ignores glaring problems in the hospitals' own reports.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

Former Insurance Superintendent James Wrynn Joining Goldberg Segalla


From the Department of Financial Services press release February 10th:

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, today announced that James J. Wrynn, Deputy Superintendent of Financial Services, is leaving state service to accept a position with Goldberg Segalla LLP as Managing Director of the firm's New York City office and will serve as a Senior Partner with its Global Insurance Services practices group.

Read the rest of the press release on the DFS website.

Attorney General Seeks Support for Narcotics Prescription Database

From an AG press release February 13:

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today launched a new website, "Share Your I-STOP Story," that showcases personal stories from New Yorkers who have been impacted by the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. As momentum builds for legislative action to address the problem, the site urges doctors, pharmacists, addiction sufferers and their families to put a human face on the issue, and help persuade state lawmakers to pass Schneiderman's Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) plan aimed at reining in prescription drug abuse. I-STOP connects doctors and pharmacists to a real time, online database that tracks the prescribing and dispensing of frequently abused narcotics.

Read the entire press release on the AG's website.

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