Daily roundup: Nov. 8, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Colorado: The new All Payer Claims Database has begun generating reports on health care pricing, care quality, and other health care issues in Colorado. Administered by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care in Denver, the database includes data from eight of the state's largest commercial insurers and the state's Medicaid program. In a recent report, it found that the price of a knee MRI ranged from $297 to $1,261 (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 11/1 [subscription required]).
  • Florida: The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence this week filed briefs supporting a lawsuit against a state law preventing physicians from discussing guns with patients. Under the law, doctors cannot question patients or parents of pediatric patients about gun ownership (Norman, CQ HealthBeat, 11/6 [subscription required]).
  • Illinois: Naperville-based Edward Hospital & Health Services has opened a new clinic for patients who want a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis. The Second Opinion Clinic will give patients a fresh analysis of test results and treatment options (Wang, Crain's Chicago Business/Modern Healthcare, 11/1 [subscription required]).
  • Illinois: Chicago's St. Anthony Hospital has launched a public relations campaign against Illinois officials for allegedly withholding $1.4 million in supplemental Medicaid payments since August. Specifically, the 139-bed hospital says that officials are unlawfully interpreting a law adopted in June, and that the hospital could lose $8.4 million a year. However, an Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesperson says the hospital is losing payments because it failed to sign a contract with a state-designated care program. St. Anthony officials say the hospital should be exempt because it already participates in a managed-care plan that the state previously designated as a "coordinated-care plan" (Selvam, Modern Healthcare, 11/6 [subscription required]).

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