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ALSO NOTED: Group asks Medicare to pay for anemia drugs for cancer; Tulane opens pediatric ER in New Orleans; and much more...

> The American Society of Clinical Oncology has asked CMS to lift restrictions on the use of anemia drugs in cancer patients.

Medicare increases preventive care, screening coverage

It's well documented that preventive care has significant wellness benefits, not to mention cost-saving advantages. However, at present, less than 10 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are getting all

ALSO NOTED: Texas retail clinic operator expands to 12 states; Vladeck takes E&Y post; and much more...

> Texas retail clinic operator Intrepid Holdings--which runs clinics under the My Clinic and My Care Clinic brands--plans to expand to 12 states over the next few months.

Stark rule revision released

It's another chapter in the continuing drama which is the evolution of Stark law provisions. This week, the key player is CMS, which has posted a final rule to its Web site which interprets Stark law

CMS updating rules for ASC Medicare participation

CMS is planning one of the biggest changes in years to its rules for letting ambulatory surgical centers to participate in Medicare. The proposed rules, considered perhaps the largest change in ASC

ALSO NOTED: CMS kills contract with south Florida health plan; New Mexico provider, school boost nursing education; and much mo

> CMS has canceled its Medicare Advantage contract with SunCoast Physicians Health plan in south Florida, probably because the plan didn't maintain the $1.5 million in reserves required by the

Blue Cross of California pays $31M in P4P bonuses

It's another prosperous year for a select group of medical practices and IPAs, that are getting $31 million in pay-for-performance bonuses this year from Blue Cross of California. This follows a 2006

By 2008, Medicare won't pay for hospital errors

In a move that should rock the industry, Medicare has announced it will stop paying for some hospital mistakes as of next year. Right now, Medicare pays for more than 60 percent of hospital acquired

ALSO NOTED: U.S. life expectancy lags; Hispanics picking up drug, alcohol problems in America; and much more...

> U.S. life expectancy isn't what it could be, that's for sure. It seems that our life expectancy rates are lower than 41 other countries.

CMS terminates King/Harbor contract

Despite a series of problems that might have killed another facility quickly, Los Angeles-based Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital has kept its tenuous hold on life for years. This one, however,