The Data Agenda

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

When a temporary staffing agency is not a temporary staffing agency

D. Temporary Staffing Agencies
Page 230: 3. Anti-Abuse Rules

The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under which employers might use temporary staffing agencies (or other staffing agencies) purporting to be the common law employer to evade application of section 4980H.

Friday, May 10, 2013

How to take over medical academia: call it research

Are you ready to become a data point?
Under Obamacare program, doctor visits would become data points
By Sarah Kliff, Published: April 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

A new nonprofit is putting millions of Obamacare dollars towards an effort to turn routine doctor visits into a treasure trove of data on what medical treatments work best.
And by "doctor visits," we are, just to be clear, talking about your actual visit to your doctor. Supposedly it's been "deidentified," but that will be put to the test.

The Affordable Care Act created the Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) to support comparative effectiveness research, studies that identify the most effective treatments when a whole array of options might be available.
PCORI and "comparative effectiveness research" would, respectively, be better known as a rationing board and the reasons why certain treatments won't be funded.

Pelosi: Democrats are "very pleased" and "pretty excited" about ACA implementation

Pelosi Press Conference Today
May 9, 2013
Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today in the Capitol Visitor Center. From her transcript of the press conference:

Q: Next week, it sounds like they are going to vote once again to repeal Obamacare. I wonder what you think about the wisdom of that and also the fact that apparently this is such a popular subject for the new class of Republicans that they have been clamoring for the leadership finally to do.