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Briefly noted December 2014


Frank Diamond

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, whose Stark Law tried to keep doctors from profiting from referrals, tells the Wall Street Journal that his law has been watered down with amendments in the two decades since it passed. “Pretty soon, the law got to be as thick as a phone book for all the exemptions for this, that, and the other thing.” Other than that, he says he’s enjoying his retirement.

Physicians seem to be less wary of electronic health record systems, according to a survey by Medical Economics. The survey finds that 55% of doctors are very satisfied with their EHR systems and 54% think that the technology helps them save money.

Can employers force workers to get biometric testing as part of a wellness program? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that Honeywell is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act by doing so. EEOC says the Honeywell wellness program’s provisions are not related to jobs. Honeywell won the first court skirmish.

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