Kaiser Permanente drops fine appeal; VA gov proposes healthcare expansion;

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> Kaiser Permanente dropped its appeal of a $4 million fine for mental health-related violations, according to the Times-Herald. Article

> The House of Representatives this week passed a bill preventing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from requiring critical access hospitals to have a supervising physician for services like drawing blood, according to The Hill. Article

> Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) unveiled a 10-step plan to drastically expand the state's healthcare system, according to WRIC. Article

Practice Management News

> Almost all managers tell employees that they have an open-door policy, but often don't follow through on their promise--or at least don't adequately demonstrate to staff how the policy should work, according to a recent post from Inc. Article

> Although direct-pay primary care is now more affordable to the masses, many patients remain at financial risk should they need specialty or hospital care not covered by practice membership fees, according to an article from KHI News Service. Article

And Finally… Third time's the charm. Article