In this issue

PDF Icon Small Final SCHIP Bill Passes Without Physician Ownership Language
On February 4, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the SCHIP Bill without the originally proposed H.R.2 language related to restrictions on physician ownership of hospitals. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small Chicago-Based MRI Provider Settles Anti-Kickback Lawsuit for
      $1.2 Million
MIDI, LLC, an operator of fourteen MRI centers in the Chicago area has settled a lawsuit, alleging illegal kickbacks to physicians, for $1.2 million dollars. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small Heightened Hospital Charity Care Requirements on the Horizon
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has announced his intent to propose legislation in early 2009 that would set minimum requirements for charity care that must be met in order for hospitals to maintain their 501 (c)(3) status. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small United Health Settles Conflict of Interest Lawsuit for $50 Million
On January 13, 2009 United Health, the nation's largest insurer, settled a lawsuit for $50 million, which alleged that United Health used its own subsidiary company�s data to set out-of-network reimbursement rates, thereby creating a conflict of interest that lowered reimbursement to consumers. (Read more...)

HCC Background
Founded in 1993, HCC has developed significant research resources; a staff of experienced professionals with strong credentials; a dedication to the discipline of process and planning; and, an organizational commitment to quality client service as the core ingredients for the cost-effective delivery of professional consulting services. HCC has served a diverse range of healthcare industry & medical professional clients in over 45 states including hospitals & health systems (both tax exempt & for profit); outpatient & ambulatory facilities; management services organizations; clinics, solo & group private practices in a full range of medical specialties, subspecialties & allied health professions; managed care organizations; biotechnology and pharmaceutical ventures; ancillary service providers; disease management firms; Federal and State agencies; public health and safety agencies; other related healthcare enterprises and agencies; and, these clients� advisory professionals, e.g., their consulting, legal and accounting firms.

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