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Monthly Archives: March 2015

IOWA SUPREME COURT – BLUECARD® AGREEMENTS NOT PRICE FIXING PER SE

Posted in Antitrust & Monopsony in Healthcare, Healthcare costs

MONOPSONY AS A VIABLE THEORY, BUT REQUIRING THE RIGHT FACTS Mueller v. Wellmark, Inc., Iowa Supreme Court No. 13-1872 (filed February 27, 2015) Physicians long have been in tough negotiation positions with large, often dominant commercial health insurers. In its 13th edition report, “Competition in Health Insurance – A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets,” the… Continue Reading

HOSPITAL CHARGING STRUCTURE SURVIVES CHALLENGES IN IOWA COURTS

Posted in Healthcare costs

HOSPITAL CHARGING STRUCTURE SURVIVES CHALLENGES IN THE IOWA COURTS Butts et al. v. Iowa Health System and Central Iowa Hospital Corp., Iowa Court of Appeals, No. 13-1034 (filed March 11, 2015) Complaints about hospital and medical costs and bills are legion. This week the Iowa Court of Appeals decided a case challenging hospital billing practices… Continue Reading

IBM Amends Proposed Telemedicine Rule for April 3 Vote

Posted in HIPAA, Iowa Board of Medicine, Iowa Medical Society, Telemedicine

UPDATE: Subsequent to this post the IBM has adopted the Telemedicine Rule. See our page dedicated to Telemedicine for all related articles, including our most current post. The Iowa Board of Medicine Amends Its Proposed Telemedicine Rule – Final Adoption Slated for the IBM’s April 3 Pubic Meeting The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) has made… Continue Reading