Race, hospital, insurance status affect lung cancer treatment Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Parmet | University of Illinois at Chicago News Center   
Friday, 21 November 2014 12:25

African Americans, Hispanics and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

"We found significant disparities for treatment of a curable cancer based on race, insurance status and whether or not treatment was at an academic or community hospital," said Dr. Matthew Koshy, a physician in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and lead author of the study.

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Breaking Down Legal Buzzwords: Fair Market Value & Commercial Reasonableness Print E-mail
Written by Jackie Bain | Florida Healthcare Law Firm Blog   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:00

Federal fraud and abuse laws often require that arrangements between health care providers are "fair market value" and "commercially reasonable." And while these terms look like legalese and are easy to overlook, in fact, they are important. For example, the Federal Stark law requires strict compliance with its terms. A physician may enter into a prohibited arrangement with the intention that it falls within an exception to the law. If, however, the arrangement is not fair market value, the physician's arrangement would violate the law, subject the physician to fines and risk the physician's ability to participate in Medicare.
Fair market value is defined in the Federal Stark Law as the value in an arm's length transaction, consistent with compensation that may pass between two or more well-informed parties as the result of bona fide bargaining and who are not in a position to generate business for each other. Payments that exceed fair market value are viewed as payments for referrals. Fair market value compensation is required in many arrangements where involved parties are in a position to refer patients to each other, including, but not limited to, leases for space and equipment, employment arrangements, personal services arrangements and call coverage arrangements.

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AMA rejects effort to strip Dr. Emanuel of ethics honor Print E-mail
Written by Modern Healthcare   
Friday, 14 November 2014 17:11

An effort to strip Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel of a 2013 honor was voted down by the American Medical Association House of Delegates during its interim meeting in Dallas Monday amid controversy about Emanuel's recent article in the Atlantic saying he'd prefer to die at 75.   
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