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Pa.’s bio-terrorism preparedness

A combination of federal funding earmarked for bioterrorism preparedness and innovative research and development has brought important enhancements to Pa.’s ability to detect and respond to mass casualty events. The availability of a stronger and more responsive public health infrastructure brings to physicians perhaps the strongest-ever bond between their public and private health care systems.

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Impact of tax cut bill on physicians

President Bush may not have succeeded in getting all the tax cuts that he proposed, but the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 does contain significant tax savings for physicians and other highly compensated individuals.

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Effective compliance plan development

Physician practices should consider using OIG guidance as a foundation when developing a more customized program to meet their practice needs. A properly developed and effective physician compliance program will improve operational processes and practices, demonstrate provider trustworthiness and reduce risk exposures.

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Some perils of telemedicine

Telemedicine's growth, however successful, has been slowed by payment and other legal concerns, such as limits on services that qualify for insurance coverage, state licensure laws, potential malpractice liability, and privacy and security concerns.

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Opting out of Aetna’s class action settlement

While Aetna’s class action settlement appears beneficial, the financial relief for physicians with substantial claims against Aetna for past reimbursement problems may be less than adequate. If in doubt, a physician will protect his or her options by submitting an opt-out notice by the August 29 deadline.

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Physicians stand united in protest

The Code Blue Emergency protest overwhelmingly succeeded in achieving its primary goal of publicity: educating the public about tort reform, about why their physicians are clamoring for caps on noneconomic damages and attorney fees, and providing a glimpse at what will happen to their access to medical care if reform does not come soon.

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