Proposed bill would delay DSH payment cuts; Cigna overbilled Medicare Advantage for $28M;

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> Florida Hospital Flagler CEO David Ottati is leaving his post to take over as CEO of Florida Hospital Waterman, the Palm Coast Observer reported. Article

> Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) yesterday introduced the DSH Reduction Relief Act (H.R. 1920), a bill that would delay for two years Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program cuts, according to AHA News Now. News Brief

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' release of hospital chargemaster data won't improve hospital price transparency, given chargemaster rates aren't the basis for Medicare, Medicaid or private payer payments, Paul Levy argues in Not Running a Hospital. "This is a case where the release of bad data is worse than having no data at all." Blog Post

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> The Massachusetts attorney general is urging America's Health Insurance Plans to educate insurers about complying with state laws about mental health coverage. Article

> Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, a subsidiary of national insurer Cigna providing Medicare Advantage plans, overbilled Medicare by about $28 million in 2007, according to a new report released by the Office of Inspector General. Article

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