This week the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services published Advisory Opinion 12-15 in which it blessed an on-call compensation arrangement between a hospital and specialist physicians on its staff.  In finding that it would not prosecute the arrangement, the OIG pointed to several "safeguards" which it felt would adequately protect against a violation of … Continue Reading

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has announced that the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act annual assessment for calendar year 2013 will be 25% applied to the prevailing primary premium for each participating health care provider.  The announcement is in  the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  This represents an increase of two percentage points from the 2012 assessment.
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It is no secret that the federal government is very interested in the connection between gifts and other remuneration from drug and device manufacturers and physician decision-making when it comes to ordering those items.  At least one Senator has gone so far as to introduce legislation which would require disclosure of these financial relationships.  According to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, … Continue Reading