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AFP attacks state Democrats on bipartisan 2011 health care exchange law
The bill that AFP attacks the Democrats for supporting was a 2011 measure that passed with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 200, championed in the House by then House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, helped set up the state health care …
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Kentucky law grants prescribing authority to nurses
A new Kentucky state law that expands prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses took effect Tuesday, the same day that a study was published touting the benefits of having nurses manage care for patients with chronic conditions such …

Zwelling: Response to health care reform way overblown
The Affordable Care Act has generated enormous controversy given the actual consequences of the bill. Supporters of the legislation ascribe all sorts of good to the law. Seven-and-a-half million people now have insurance. People with pre-existing …

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More New Rules – And finally, New Rule: Since all Republican voters really want in a candidate is a devout Christian who, one, doesn’t know shit from Shinola, and, two, is proud of that, and, three, isn’t named “Mitt” they should just go ahead and nominate Tim Tebow. That’s right. Take Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the fan-favorite Christian who is in over his head on the football field, and put him somewhere where fan-favorite Christians who are in over their head are welcome: the Republican presidential race. Now, if you haven’t heard of Tim Tebow, he’s the college quarterback-slash-religious nut the Broncos signed last year despite his having one tiny problem: he throws like a girl. I’m sorry, I take that back. Lots of girls throw. Naomi Campbell has a more impressive completion rate with cell phones. But, that doesn’t matter to the faithful, because Tim Tebow is so cuckoo for Christianity that he used to write Bible verses in the charcoal under his eyes. Creepy to some, but for redneck America, they couldn’t love this guy more if he was sculpted out of bacon. The words “man crush” don’t begin to describe it. It is full-on gay. It’s like the way “Project Runway” contestants talk about chiffon. But, last Sunday, Tim learned that although Jesus saves, he can’t read NFL defenses, and he’s terrible at throwing into coverage. A Yahoo Sports article on Tebow’s performance used words like “atrocious,” “terrible,” “not even close to ready,” and “Oh, my
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Health Care Reform: Supplementary Materials, 2011

Health Care Reform: Supplementary Materials, 2011

This supplement addresses the health law that resulted from the health reform legislation signed by the president in March, 2010. Keyed to the sixth edition of the health law casebook, this supplement provides a valuable platform for those teaching health care reform using other materials. It addresses the consequences of three pieces of recent federal legislation: the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009.

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2011 NBC - Is Romney the father of healthcare reform - (Kennedy praises Romney) (Gruber says yes)

Jonathan Gruber and other health reform experts state that if Romney had not passed Massachusetts Health Law, the Obama national plan would never have happened. Romney’s book, ‘No Apology,’ originally spoke of using the Massachusetts model across the nation. After his candidacy, the book was revised to remove the national model statements. ************************************************** * Fair Use Notice of Copyrighted Material * ************************************************** This video contains copyrighted material which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is being made available in an effort to advance understanding and education on environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. I believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this post is distributed without profit for those who have a prior interest in viewing the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use any copyrighted material from this post for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
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(PRWEB) May 14, 2012

Morehead Associates announces the release of “The State of Staff Physician Engagement: 2011 in Review” whitepaper.

Based on 1.4 million survey responses from hospital-employed physicians in 2011, Morehead’s annual report reveals a statistically significant decrease in physician engagement compared to 2010. Regression analysis revealed nine key drivers of physician engagement, with hospital-sponsored continuing medical education (CME) appearing on the key driver list for the first time.

“As hospital employment of physicians continues to grow, the links between physician engagement and outcomes like patient satisfaction, safety, quality, and financial growth become more important,” says Morehead’s Senior Vice President of Science and Research, Barbara Reilly, PhD. “This year, we see physicians rating hospital administration’s efforts more highly than their execution on strategic initiatives, with efficient cooperation between departments continuing to be a low-scoring area.”

Morehead’s national healthcare database includes physician and employee engagement data from hundreds of thousands of U.S. healthcare workers, including those at 45% of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, and four Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients. Morehead recently released their annual report on employee engagement, “The State of Employee Engagement: 2011 in Review,” which is also available for download at

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Morehead is a market leader in providing surveys, research, and consulting services to the healthcare industry for the purpose of creating an engaged workforce. Morehead has more than 30 years experience and offers products and expertise built on robust data and norms from their substantial client base of hospitals and healthcare systems. The Charlotte based company is known for its superior customer service and partnerships with clients nationwide. Morehead’s focus is helping clients drive quality-focused, cost-effective, and patient-centered healthcare through an engaged workforce.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 20, 2012

With more than $ 9.3 million in non-equity incentive pay, Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani had the highest total compensation package of any publicly traded health insurer CEO in 2011, according to Health Plan Weeks (HPW) annual analysis of proxy statements filed in March and April with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to Cignas proxy statement, Cordani raked in just over $ 19 million, a 25.4% increase from his 2010 compensation. That year, he ranked No. 2 in total compensation among publicly traded health plan operators. While his 2011 salary remained unchanged at $ 1 million, Cordani earned $ 5.8 million in stock awards, $ 2.6 million in option awards and $ 9.3 million in non-equity incentive compensation.

Cigna based 91% of Cordanis 2011 target pay on performance, Cigna spokesperson Gloria Barone Rosanio tells HPW, adding that the compensation was within the competitive range of other large health insurers. The structure of Cordanis pay package demonstrates how health plan executives are receiving a growing percentage of their compensation through incentive-based pay, a change that is leaving insurers open to criticism as premiums go up for members.

Go to to read this article in its entirety, which also includes a table detailing the total compensation for 11 health plan CEOs in 2011. The table shows that most other health plan CEOs also saw their compensation rise in 2011.

Health Plan Week is the nations #1 source of timely, objective business, financial and regulatory news of the health insurance industry. Published since 1991, the 8-page weekly features valuable insights and strategies for health plan managers and others who must monitor the activities and performance of health insurers. Coverage includes new benefit designs and underwriting practices, new products and marketing strategies, mergers and alliances, financial performance and results, Medicare and Medicaid opportunities, disease management, and the flood of reform-driven regulatory initiatives including medical loss ratios, exchanges, ACOs and myriad benefit design changes that are mandated.

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Congress in 2011: Pros and Cons
… approaching a day of reckoning in the Supreme Court, but the House already did its part, voting 245 to 189 last January to repeal Obamacare. The vehicle: a bill sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor, R.-Va., the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.
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Treasurer: Cons to online lottery sales
Some say the opinion will help states cope with shrinking tax revenues and ballooning pension and health-care costs. The Massachusetts Lottery, which generates more than $ 4 billion in sales each year and sends about $ 900 million of that to cities and …
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Landmark meets deadline, but is application complete?
The regulators have up to six months to hold a series of hearings to gather comment on the pros and cons of the deal before making a decision. The health department did not return several telephone inquiries yesterday regarding the status of the …
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Virginia Beach,VA (PRWEB) January 09, 2012

With fresh New Years resolutions to save money on taxes still top of mind, there are many tax measures to review that may apply for 2011 and/or 2012 filing. Liberty Tax offers this review of some of the more significant tax measures to keep in mind now, and for future planning.

Some of the tax measures in effect through the Tax Relief Act of 2010 continued through 2011. Be aware of tax deductions that have expired, such as the making Work Pay Credit, said John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service.

Expired in 2011

Current Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Amounts: There were no last minute changes or surprises for the Alternative Minimum Tax Credit. Through 2011, taxpayers paying the AMT who are eligible for tax credits can still claim the credits to offset their AMT bill. These include credits for child and dependent care expenses, elderly or disabled, education, and mortgage interest. For 2011, the AMT exemption amounts are $ 48,450 for unmarried individuals and $ 74,450 for a married couple filing jointly.

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New York, New York (PRWEB) January 04, 2012

The media, information, marketing services and technology sectors saw nearly 900 transactions in 2011 that totaled $ 47 billion, a 9% rise over 2010, according to The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI) (, the leading independent investment bank specializing in M&A advisory across these core markets. With the S&P 500 index flat for the year and turmoil in global markets, this growth demonstrated the resilience and attractiveness of these sectors to corporate and financial buyers, as media, marketing and information rapidly evolve and become increasingly intertwined. Driven in large part by technology, Marketing & Interactive Services continues to be the main driver of growth for M&A, accounting for a third of transaction volume in 2011 and 32% of deal value.

Overall, the interactive markets, including B2B and B2C Online Media & Technology and Mobile Media & Technology, as well as Marketing & Interactive Services, accounted for 71% of M&A deal activity for the year and 65% of value. Two of the more traditional media sectors also saw sharp year-over-year growth in M&A activity and deal value Consumer Magazines (up 23% in number of deals and nearly 15x in deal value) and Exhibitions & Conference (up 39% and 249%).

Largest Deals of 2011

Looking at the largest deals of 2011 (32 transactions with $ 400+ million of value), the Consumer Magazine market accounted for four of these transactions and benefited from a sharp increase in investment from both strategic companies and private equity firms. The largest consumer magazine transaction, which cracked the top 10 largest deals of the year, was Apax Partners buyout of Trader Corporation from Yellow Media for $ 745 million in March. Just outside the top 10 were Hearst Corporations acquisition of Lagard

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