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Archive : November 2012


November 30, 2012

The Week Ahead: U.N. Climate Summit in Qatar Draws to a Close

U.N. climate negotiators from more than 190 countries are expected to wrap up two weeks of talks Dec. 7 in Doha, Qatar, with no major action on a 2015 global agreement.

November 23, 2012

The Week Ahead: 2020 Global Agreement, Fate of Kyoto Protocol in Hands of U.N. Climate Negotiators

Climate delegates from more than 190 nations will begin two weeks of negotiations Nov. 26 in Doha, Qatar, to hammer out a plan for a 2020 agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and, for countries that remain committed to the Kyoto Protocol, to decide on a second commitment period.  

November 16, 2012

The Week Ahead: Clean Development Mechanism Board to Meet; Results of California's GHG Auction Expected

The executive board for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet Nov. 19-23 in preparation for two weeks of international climate negotations that begin Nov. 26 in Doha, Qatar.  

November 16, 2012

What a Difference a Storm Makes: Assessing Hurricane Sandy's Damage

A series of aerial photographs showing the Atlantic Coast before and after Hurricane Sandy reveals dramatically changed portions of shoreline extending hundreds of miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

November 9, 2012

The Week Ahead: Focus Turns to California Cap-and-Trade Program

California on Nov. 14 will hold its first auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances under its cap-and-trade program.

November 2, 2012

The Week Ahead: Will Climate Change Influence the Presidential Election?

Hurricane Sandy's blow to New Jersey and New York has sparked renewed debate in the climate change arena, raising questions over whether it will be a factor in the Nov. 6 presidential election. ..

electronic health records

interoperability

ONC

the office of the national coordinator for health information technology

information technology

CMS

Open Payments

Sunshine Act

review and dispute

Jones Day

Affordable Care Act

health insurance exchanges

premium increases

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kevin Brady

MACs

anti-fraud

OIG

HHS

Medicare

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Open Payments program

American Medical Association

narrow networks

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Department of Health and Human Services

Alliance for Health Reform

Recovery Audit Contractors

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claims reviews

bundled payment

RAND Corp.

Medicaid

DSH

AHA

FAH

Obamacare

ACA

hospitals

hospital payment

uninsured

health insurance marketplaces

Milliman Inc.

False Claims Act

Sen. Grassley

WilmerHale

U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform

nursing homes

rehabilitation facilities

pyschiatric facilities

AHCA

health care reform

Medicare payment

group health plans

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Employee Health Care Protection Act

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DOJ

home health agencies

HHAs

ambulance suppliers

telemedicine

telehealth

Medicare administrative contractors

overpayments

health IT

employment

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health information technology

physicians

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drug and device manufacturers

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health insurance subsidies

health care reform. Harkin

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safety net hospitals

340B program

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prescription drugs

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individual health insurance market

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Northern Mariana Islands

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Department of Justice

Timothy Emeigh

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Senate Committee on Commerce

Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.)

National Association of Health Underwriters

EHR's

electronic medical records

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reporting

Reed Smith

health insurers

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unnecessary cardiac procedures

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Congress

improper payments

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womens' health care

U.S. Supreme Court

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eHealth Initiative

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long-term care hospitals

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program integrity

Tim Murphy

Marsha Blackburn

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health care fraud and abuse

clinical laboratories

economy

Medicare Part C

Medicare Part D

civil money penalties

sanctions

Congressional Research Service

risk corridor payments

drug diversion

Leslie Hollie

opioids

pill-mills

doctor shopping

rogue pharmacies

SMPs

Senior Medicare Patrol

fraud

waste and abuse

McKinsey & Co.

MACPAC

CHIP

children's health care

Rockefeller

networks

Medicare Advantage

Stark law

self-referral

in-office ancillary services exception

IOASE

marketplaces

exchanges

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the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

GAO

physical therapy

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Congressional Budget Office

penalties

American Hospital Association

extrapolation

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HHS grants

primary care

care for the poor

RAC

recovery audit contractor

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White House

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medical malpractice

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National Practitioner Data Bank

patient injuries

subsidies

Senate

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semiannual report

oversight

data security

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appeals

administrative law judge

James Lankford

Jackie Speier

Sen. Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) medical loss ratio Affordable Care Act Medicaid managed care public option rebates hearing S. 1787 Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

privacy

information governance

electronic data

Medicare prescription drug program

Medicare managed care

Tavenner

House

whistleblower

Orrin Hatch

Oregon

health care exchange

health care marketplace

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Medicare Fraud Strike Force

takedown

civil monetary penalties

Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces premium payment rates House Energy and Commerce WellPoint Inc. Aetna Inc. Health Care Service Corp. federally-run marketplaces

exclusions

data exchange

health data exchange

the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Massachusetts

Romneycare

Obama

proposed rule

IPPS

implementation deadline

Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health

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Jim Gerlach.

FQHCs

federally qualified health centers

seniors

AARP

health care delivery

prospective payment system

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research

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EHR adoption

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centers for medicare & Medicaid services

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budget neutrality

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Bloomberg BNA

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premium support

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House Republican budget

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Obama administration

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self-attest

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domestic abuse

House Ways and Means Committee

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

individual mandate

open enrollment

Julie Bataille

Michael Hash

SGR

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radiation therapy

electronic health record

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recall

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managed care

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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

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Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

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Affordable Care Act uninsurance rate Gallup poll Moody's Investors Service U.S. health insurers outlook downgrade Department of Health and Human Services marketplaces enrollment report 18-34 age group

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health care fraud

health care abuse

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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electronic fund transfers

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consumers

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chief risk officer

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doctors

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settlement

Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov health insurance enrollment files rate of errors Daniel Durham America's Health Insurance Plans Arent Fox LLP Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Oct. 1

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

information exchange

IRS

Treasury Department

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NHCAA

HFPP

ZPIC

zone program integrity contractor

Georgetown University Center for Children and Familes

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healthcare.gov

ehealth

ehealthinsurance

outlier payments

actuaries

Janssen

Scios

Johnson & Johnson

Risperdal

Invega

Natrecor

SAMHSA

Information Security

Medicare eligibility age

physician payment fix

PODs

physician-owned distributorship

FCA

Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund

Social Security

death master file

compliance review

Social Security numbers

Medicare identification cards

fraud and abuse

identity theft

sleep studies

sleep apnea

polysomnography

First Amendment

Reliance Medical Systems

Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces navigators in-person assisters Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Medicaid subsidies Families USA Enroll America Barbara Jordan Virginia Michigan

University of Miami Hospital

Part A

redetermination

health exchanges

Joseph Hudzik

Overpayments

self-disclosure

Margaret Hutchinson

Arkansas

Part C

ACLR

SNFs

skilled nursing facility

Kris Mastrangelo

Harmony Healthcare International

medications

PhRma

Marketplaces

navigators

House Oversight

health insurance marketplaces exchanges Affordable Care Act Department of Health and Human Services states state-based marketplaces state parntership marketplaces federally-facilitated marketplaces

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medical identity theft

out-of-pocket costs

rebate

Part B

Affordable Care Act health information technology contractors federally-faciliated marketplaces House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee CGI Federal Inc. Serco Inc. Quality Software Services Inc. Equifax Workforce Solutions Brett Graham Leavitt Partners LLC state-based marketplaces Utah Small Business Health Options Program

Peter Budetti